Like the iPhone, Palm Pre Has Lot of Pre-release Interest

att5c525Hundreds of thousands of people, it seems, are eagerly awaiting to buy the Palm Pre (S PALM), according to data collected by Internet traffic research firm Compete. After a big spike at the time of the launch at CES when 400,000 people checked out the Pre-related information pages on Sprint (S s) and Palm’s site, around 100,000 folks are visiting those pages. In comparison, the iPhone (s aapl) saw about 600,000 shoppers after the Macworld announcement. I am not so optimistic about Palm’s long-terms chances, however, as outlined in this post.