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The frenzy is building for the Palm Pre launch and already future Pre customers are making plans for launch day. I have heard from those who plan on hitting Wal-Mart or Best Buy first, followed by a trip to their local Sprint store should the others […]

Sprint store listThe frenzy is building for the Palm Pre launch and already future Pre customers are making plans for launch day. I have heard from those who plan on hitting Wal-Mart or Best Buy first, followed by a trip to their local Sprint store should the others not have the Pre in stock. The word that Sprint is claiming low inventory is fueling these plans, as folks are concerned they may not be able to find a Pre of their very own on launch day, June 6.

These concerns may be legitimate so I did some online investigating to see if the best bet to insure picking up a Pre on launch day might be going straight to my local Sprint store. My thought process was that if anyone would have the Pre in the store it would be Sprint. I’m glad I checked because I found out that not all Sprint stores will even be carrying the Pre on launch day.

I went to the Sprint Store Locator and found out some good information. I started out by checking stores in my immediate area and eventually spread the search out to a 50-mile radius of my home. That search showed me a couple of things that folks should be aware of. First, the Sprint partner stores are not selling the Pre on launch day. That’s not surprising but be aware, because I know some of these partners look just like real Sprint stores but they’re not. The Store Locator will show you which of the stores near you are the real thing.

The second thing I discovered was that not all Sprint stores will be carrying the Pre. Most of them are selling the Pre on opening day but a few I found were not, so make sure you check. The Locator shows specifically if a store will be selling it or not and confirms the special hours on launch day:

Sprint Pre Store hours

If this doesn’t show up in the pop-up box for the store you are checking then that store is not selling the Pre. You don’t want to waste your time on launch day on stores that don’t show to be selling it. I was doing this checking while chatting with Kevin and he checked his immediate area only to find that no Sprint stores near him would be selling the Pre. That fits with the thought that only major market areas would have the Pre on hand for sales as Kevin is way out in the boondocks. It is only logical to think that if Sprint stores in a given area are not going to sell the Pre then third-party retailers in that area likely wouldn’t get any either, but that’s just speculation on my part.

  1. I don’t think this is necessarily true. you could be reading to much into it. Sprint doesn’t own the stores, so Sprint can’t set their hours.Simple as that.

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    1. Per this article, not a single store in Las Vegas will receive a Pre either. Right..
      Jk, please research your material more prior publishing.

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    2. If you use the locator to search the same stores that JK has in the screen shot they do not show this “SPECIAL STORE HOURS ON 6/5 & 6/6″ notation.
      To what purpose JK is posting chopped screens I’m unsure.

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  2. Looks like Dan Hesse was not kidding about the launch shortages.

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  3. I’m thinking this is not necessarily true either, I just looked at the Phoenix-Metro area in AZ, and not a single store listed the special hours. I highly doubt that translates to no Pres available at all, anywhere in Phoenix for the launch.

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  4. I’m also not seeing any stores with any special notes regarding the Pre in highly populated and profitable northern NJ. I’m sure some of them will have the Pre and a decent stock of them.

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  5. Doing some sleuthing, I only see one store in each MAJOR METRO (NY,SF,LA,Chicago,Dallas,KC,Miami are the only cities with a single location I could find) and all of them are at major “experience” store locations.

    No Denver, St. Louis, Boston, Pilly, etc.

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  6. Can’t be right – if this special message is the case, then NO store in Austin TX is selling the Pre. Gonna start calling…

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    1. Called both of my local Sprint stores that had nothing posted about special hours on the Sprint store locator and both will have the Pre and both will open at 8AM on the 6th.

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  7. How does this phone compare to my Pearl 8100 or the Iphone, I am in the market for a new phone and possibly a new carrier. Any thoughts?

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    1. Could be a long discussion… there is a lot of good discussion at precentral.net, videos, etc. But there’s no real comparison to the Pearl, IMO. They both do email and they both make phone calls, uh..about it. Lots of comparisons to the iPhone – depends on what you like and what you want. ATT stinks for me, so it’s a Pre.

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  8. Zero stores in the Omaha area have special hours listed or anything related to the Pre listed, including the store that I visited yesterday which confirmed they will have the Pre on June 6th.

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  9. I’m also not seeing these special hours for the stores in Central Indiana. So, I called the store in Noblesville and I was told that they’re going to start selling the phones at 6 PM on June 5th. This particular store’s hours are listed as 10-8.

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  10. Special store hours are for the launch party sites. The other corporate stores will begin selling the pre with no invitation, open sales to anyone at 6pm on Friday. The Sprint branded affiliate stores are not supposed to sell til Saturday, but only have three or four units per store and probably sell them unactivated on Friday evening

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    1. The 2 corporate stores I called could not confirm Friday sales – though they both said that it was possible they just did not have conformation. I have heard that Premier customers would get an email that would allow them to buy on Friday evening – I also just read elsewhere that anyone that signed up to be notified at the time of release would get an email for a Friday purchase. I am sure we’ll find out more in the next two weeks. Either way – locally or through telesales, I am getting one as I think I have my Touch Pro sold!

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    2. @HSK thanks for the info. I am a Premier member and going to try diligently to get a phone on Friday the 5th. Didn’t realize that might actually be possible.

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