After a whole boatload of rumours, Twitter posts, and what not, we finally have an official release date for Palm’s Pre, the phone and platform that is supposed to save Palm from a fairly certain doom. Sprint, Palm’s partner announced the release date, pricing information, and plans today, with Palm’s official blog following soon after.
The Palm Pre will be made available nationwide (nation as in, the United States, so us Europeans are left out in the rain for now) on June 6, in Sprint stores across the US, but also at Best Buy, Radio Shack, and select Wal-Mart stores. The Palm Pre will sell for 199 USD, accompanied by a contract and after a 100 USD rebate. This price is based on an Everything plan with data for two years.
PhoneNews.com already has a short review of the Palm Pre, and they are quite satisfied with the device and its applications, but reserve a lot of ire for Sprint for requiring an “Everything” plan, which is supposedly quite expensive (wouldn’t know, I’m not versed in American mobile phone contract pricing).
The release date is an interesting choice, as it is the day before… Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off, when Apple is supposed to talk about the iPhone quite a lot. It will be interesting to see if Palm’s Pre can maintain media dominance during Apple’s iPhone whirlwind, and of course also if the first reviews and customer reports, most likely coming out during WWDC, will paint a rosy picture of the device.