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OK, at this point I think we know just about all we’re going to know about the Palm Pre. Well, at least until we get them in our hot little hands starting on June 6, that is. While I was disappointed to see the apparent 3G […]

OK, at this point I think we know just about all we’re going to know about the Palm Pre. Well, at least until we get them in our hot little hands starting on June 6, that is. While I was disappointed to see the apparent 3G tethering function pulled a few months ago, I’m pretty much set for a purchase. I’ll keep this one simple, with just a yes or no: Are you planning to buy a Palm Pre? I’m curious about this one since back in February, 39 percent of respondents weren’t likely to make the switch to Sprint for the new handset.

Drop a note in the comments, and tell us if this is replacing or complementing other handsets you have. It’s a complement for me as I’ll be keeping my iPhone for the moment.

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  1. I’ve got a Motorola q9c that I’m glad to be replacing with the Pre.

    Before that I had a Treo 755p, 700p, and 600, but I got bored with their lack of functionality and multitasking.

    The Pre fixes all of that, plus does things I never even considered before, but now seem like must-haves.

  2. Sprint will have the Pre….but we already have rumors that the webOS will be available on other palm devices. So why make a switch?

    1. For the cheaper plans and better 3G speeds?

      (I fully understand that coverage is a regional thing, but through the northeast, people I’ve talked to say AT&T is over-saturated and gets dropped calls and slow data all the time. I’ve read plenty of similar things from people posting around the country too. And Verizon isn’t an option unless you want to wait another year or so after everywhere else gets the devices. ;) )

  3. Larry, those aren’t rumors but in fact were confirmed by Palm. Palm intends to make other phones at the end of this year that run WebOS, like a smaller/cheaper line that would be an evolution of the Centro Line codenamed pixie/eos. The centro line is being apparently discontinued however the treo line is being maintained for Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Mobile 7+. No other carrier will have the Pre this entire year, but rather a watered down entry-level WebOS device at the end of this year. Sprint’s prices for unlimited data, texting, and calling is something At&T cannot touch and many sites tout Sprint’s 3G as the most reliable and will be bringing the first 4G network to market :) FYI I’m a Resident Physician and do not work for either company

  4. Yes, well be buying one for my wife. Both she and I used to have WM phones, the HTC Apache (Sprint PPC-6700). They were large and had horrible battery life, so my wife went back to a non-smart phone (although one that could play MP3s). I went with a Sprint Touch (PPC-6800 / HTC Vogue). Now she misses having email and whatnot on her phone, so we’re going to get her a Pre.

    I’d be very interested in one myself if I wasn’t already so invested in the Windows Mobile platform (hardware and software).

  5. Unless I hear about any major showstopper issues with it, I probably will buy a Pre to replace my HTC Touch Pro, which I really haven’t been overly happy with. I’m a current Sprint customer, though, and probably won’t buy the Pre until this October, when I should hopefully be eligible for the subsidized pricing again. Hopefully, that will give a little time for some of the bugs to be worked out as well as to see if there is much application development for the Pre.

  6. I just don’t like Sprint!

  7. Matthew Miller Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    No vote for me here. While the Pre looks nice, I am not going to add a 3rd carrier for it and will wait to see if Palm can last long enough to get a GSM version out to AT&T or T-Mobile. With a possible new iPhone, HTC Touch Pro2 (with a fantastic keyboard), Nokia N97, Samsung Android device, and so many more devices coming out I can’t lock myself into a CDMA-variant phone.

    I hope to get a chance to play with a review unit for a few weeks though so I can get some hands-on time, but don’t really see anything killer that can’t be done on most other phones I have or that is coming that justifies a third CDMA carrier.

    Now, if I was a Sprint customer or didn’t mind adding a Sprint account I would probably pick one up and am looking forward to hear what Kevin has to say about it.

    1. Completely understand. You do so much testing on GSM phones that it doesn’t make financial sense. As it is, I’m keeping my AT&T line for GSM purposes. The Pre on Sprint would lock me in on the CDMA side so this would be a second line for me. I may dump my $60 EVDO with VZ as a result, which will offset some of the cost.

  8. Too many unknowns at the moment. I’ll wait to see if Apple’s refresh includes a change in their app approval process, and I’ll also wait to see what Android if eReader gets released on Android or WebOS.

    Sprint’s pricing looks nice, but I have heard far less impressive things about their customer service. I wouldn’t mind leaving AT&T’s call dropping service, but Sprint is not my first choice at the moment.

    1. For what its worth I had terrible luck with Sprint in the past (circa 2001 – 2005). I recently returned (May 2008). I have had fantastic coverage and fantastic customer service since. I joined onto my girlfriend’s (at the time… bad idea) plan and noticed she was being charged tax for a city she no longer lived in. I had them go back a year and a half and reverse the charges. Due to the complexity of the situation it took a couple weeks for the refund to appear, but I was never given the run around and was always treated with kindness and respect.

      I know this is all anecdotal and some probably still have problems with Sprint… but compared to my AT&T/iPhone friends I get better coverage (in Omaha), better service, and better pricing. Plus, I found out I could use unlimited data tethering with my blackberry without actually paying for tethering on my plan :-) That alone is making me hesitant to give up the blackberry if the Pre doesn’t have tethering.

  9. As long as it’s a Sprint exclusive? Nope. I’ve had too many problems with Sprint, including one exercise that ended with them cancelling my account on another carrier to port my phone number to them without permission, then saying that there was no way to return the number to me. I never want anything to do with them again.

  10. If the Pre were GSM I might have considered of, but no CDMA for me, particularly not on Sprint.

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