Not All Sprint Stores Carrying the Pre- Find Out Which Ones Near You Will

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Sprint store listThe frenzy is building for the Palm (s 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 (s wmt) or Best Buy (s bby) 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.

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renault

I’m still not believing this pre shortage crap. There about 20000 sprint nextel store in the us. Who knows how many best buy, walmart and radio shack stores. Yet when the pre launches all of these places will be selling the pre. I guess each store will have one phone. Not to mention the fact that when I called sprint I was told that I could also call and order on the launch date. If there was really a pre shortage and they would not have any more phone til august they would not launch the phone yet. Please just use a lil common since people. First of all sprint and palm said they will not launch phone until they were confident that everything was right. I don’t thin they just ment everything as far as hardware and software. Everything including phone quantities. You have to understand that when you purchase this phone if it gets lost, stolen or damaged and you have the total protection plan. Sprint to have enough phones to replace yours. If the next batch doesn’t come out til august what are they gonna replace your phone with, a treo 755? We are talking bout a company who lost 1.25 million customers in the 1st quarter. I really think they would rather hold back the launch. Not to mention the fact that Palm has everything ridding on the success of this one devise. I think they would rather file bankruptcy before putting everything in this one device and then screwing up the launch.

renault

So you mean to tell me that there are no sprint store Baltimore, Washington Dc, PA or NY selling the palm pre on sat. You must work for Apple. Please stop with all of this confusion. I really don’t believe any of this phone shortage crap either. I call sprint on sunday after see that best buy has the pre listed for $849.99 with you can search thier site and see with your own eyes. I asked about the price because I’m elegable for a $150 rebate to find if I would have to pay $700 after my rebate. I was told that regardless of the price I would only pay $299 after all discount and still receive the $100 mail. I also asked where I could get the phone. The person I spoke with said she wasn’t sure. I then ask her will the stores that are shown in the store locator have the pre and she said yes they will. So anyone who would like to buy a pre please go out and get one, I know I will. Palm is a great company and has always had great products. I don’t think the pre will be any different but please if you want one buy it. If you don’t like it you can always take it back.

Oliver

Might I suggest an update at the top of the article, in bold letters, that tells unsuspecting readers that the information in the post is no longer valid? Stupid me, I read the post, then went to Sprint’s website and of course found NOT A SINGLE STORE in the Bay Area carrying the Pre according to the indicator given in the post. Only then did I read all the comments. Come on guys, don’t waste our time!

Jame-Ane Ervin

I think it is wrong too. I live in the Bay Area (central Bay area) and I couldn’t find a single store in the region: SF, Oakland or San Jose (Palm’s backyard).

hope

That must be Photoshopped or something, because I went to the Sprint website and none of the stores in San Antonio showed anything about the special hours OR about selling Pre’s. I called my local store and they said they were selling them and they were opening at 8AM on the 6th. I also talked to a Sprint rep and she said that EVERY Sprint store was going to have Pre’s in stock.

James Kendrick

Nope, it was real. I just checked it out and Sprint has now removed any mention of which store is open when on launch day. Must not have liked the coverage today. :)

oneAwake

It’s amazing how far s–t travels, BGR and their so-called Ninjas started this 4 per Bestbuy store rumor. BGR was also the source which said Mossberg from the WSJ was going to review the Pre on May 19th, how well did that go? FACT, it did not happen. There are Apple hawks over at BGR who are going out of their way to try and undermine the Palm Pre. BGR is garbage.

Blake Robinson

Not a bad way of scoping things out, but I suspect that this isn’t 100% comprehensive. In NYC, for instance, the only store listed with special hours is the location at 403 Avenue Of The Americas, which is fine.

The problem, in my mind, is that the Sprint Store in the Flatiron Building is their most iconic iconic (it’s in most of their commercials) and maybe the closest thing that Sprint has to a flagship store.

It’s inconceivable to me that they wouldn’t be launching the Pre here. Also, it seems like a misstep of epic proportions to launch the device out of only ONE location in NYC.

BN

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

HSK

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!

Carl Zulauf

@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.

David

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.

Carl Zulauf

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.

LCD CCTV Monitors

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?

HSK

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.

HSK

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

HSK

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.

shaniac

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.

T Man

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.

Dustin

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.

rob brown

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.

dk0r

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

dk0r

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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