Sprint sets sales records with the Pre
The carrier is using the launch of the Pre as a sign that things have changed at Sprint. "Sprint is a very different company than it was 12 months ago," stated the firm's CEO and public face, Dan Hesse. "Palm Pre is the coming out party for the new Sprint. It is the perfect device that highlights all of the positive changes in our company, including our revolutionary Ready Now retail store experience, greatly improved customer care, unmatched value pricing plans and America's most dependable 3G network," continued the CEO. Sprint currently is the nation's third largest cellular carrier behind Verizon and AT&T, but ahead of T-Mobile.
The Sprint records being smashed by the Pre belonged to the Samsung Instinct. Last year the model was launched amid a huge advertising campaign and the touchscreen handset was compared favorably to the iPhone in Sprint's own commercials. While the Instinct was a sales success for Sprint, enough so that a sequel was produced, the subsequent release of the iPhone 3G took the wind out of the phone's sails. The Pre, however, is on another level entirely and most analysts expect Palm's new smartphone to hold its own against Apple's iconic device.
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1. Masters (Posts: 22; Member since: 15 Apr 2009)
So far, I'm very happy with my purchase. The phone continues to impress me and am looking forward to new updates and new apps in the months to come. I almost thought I might regret it, but after seeing what the iPhone 3GS has to offer (nothing really), I'm glad I stuck with Sprint and the Pre. I pay less, my service is rock solid, and the phone makes people drool.
12. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
"I almost thought I might regret it, but after seeing what the iPhone 3GS has to offer (nothing really), I'm glad I stuck with Sprint and the Pre." I'm pretty much at a loss with this statement. If you like the Pre, sweet, good for you, but to say the iPhone 3GS has nothing to offer is idiotic at best. I'm not here to tell who to get what phone but have you compared the stats on the 2???? Right off the bat you get HALF the internal memory that's offered on the iPhone 3GS for the SAME PRICE. Yea you get multitasking, but honestly, how often will you utilize it? Not only that but you sacrfice battery life as a result. The only program I can think of that would be primarily used in the background while in other apps would be the music player which, yup, the new iPhone has that too. I've also read reviews of the Pre that indicate although it has a sweet capacitive screen, it's not so sweet in that you have to touch the screen multiple times to get it to do a command, may just be the model they used, but I've never heard that about any iPhone. Camera? Yup, that's the same 3MP too. Granted the iPhone doesn't have a flash, but the qulaity of a flash on a cellphone is pretty pointless to begin with. What it does have is the ability to tap an image on the sreeen to focus on which the Pre doesn't have either. Then how bout apps? Do I really need to embarass the Pre here? I think not, we all know they have hardly any at this point. DUH, they will get more but the iPhone has more already, which is clearly something to offer. I'm sure there's other differences as well, but honestly, to say the iPhone 3GS has nothing to offer is dumb, flat out. I understand you'll probably save money and obviously that's a plus, but be sure you know your facts before you start poppin one over your little Pre.
13. iammclovin804 (Posts: 27; Member since: 26 Feb 2009)
i agree. comparing the pre to the iphone 3gs is ridiculous. maybe he's think about the first gen iphone?
14. theman10 (Posts: 93; Member since: 16 May 2009)
I couldn't think that you guys could be more ridiculous. The pre is so much better than the new iphone. And for the newest iphone offers nothing. The iphone 3GS will not do anything, who cares about video mail, retarded update. Anyone ATT homo's calm down, you just got beat by the Sprint people.
16. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Then show me the differences and why it's better other then your opinion which is just that, an opinion, not fact.
18. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
i still don't understand what's so good about the iphone?
20. Osukaru (Posts: 68; Member since: 02 Jul 2008)
"Yea you get multitasking, but honestly, how often will you utilize it? Not only that but you sacrfice battery life as a result. The only program I can think of that would be primarily used in the background while in other apps would be the music player which, yup, the new iPhone has that too." Wow, No one uses it? Only music? Who are you a teenager who only uses his phone as an ipod? Most people like to do multiple things, i personally love being able to use my browser while playing a radio streaming service (Note not songs i have but radio streaming) which cant be done on the iphone. I also use messengers while im doing this which cant be done on the iphone. Multitasking is a must in todays world for devices, Its a basic feature that most smartphones/PDA's/BB offer. "Camera? Yup, that's the same 3MP too. Granted the iPhone doesn't have a flash, but the qulaity of a flash on a cellphone is pretty pointless to begin with. What it does have is the ability to tap an image on the sreeen to focus on which the Pre doesn't have either." 3MP is great on both devices, Flash is nice to have if ur in dark room and want to take pix, it improves them a bit. Tap and focus WOW.... Also keep it took apple 2 years / Third model to release this feature (MMS/Video), Then again its apple they like to drain peoples pockets and dont get me wrong i like the iphone just your comments are idiotic. "Then how bout apps? Do I really need to embarass the Pre here? I think not, we all know they have hardly any at this point. DUH, they will get more but the iPhone has more already, which is clearly something to offer." Phone was just released, last i checked the iPhone when it came out had no apps untill the second iphone was released (except for Jailbroken ones) And yes the iPhone does not have anything to offer that its not already available out there. FYI the iphone was not the first Touch Screen device, it was tnot the first phone with a music player, it was not the first phone with a browser, it was not the first phone with applications, it was not the first phone with a 3MP camara, and it certainly is not the first phone With MMS and Video Capabilities.
21. Osukaru (Posts: 68; Member since: 02 Jul 2008)
FYI i am a Mac user, so i know how apple works, yes i like the things they make but they tend to milk users by adding some small feature every year. Yes iPhone is great device but not the Greatest
24. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
Never once did I say it was the greatest device in case you want to read it all over again. In fact I said I could care less, all I was pointing out is that whoever took the time to reply acting like the Pre is the best thing since sliced bread and the iPhone has nothing to offer is clearly an idiot.
25. theman414 (Posts: 130; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
Geez... The iphone really have you Verizon guys jealous over there, since you comment on it every chance you get... vzw fanman... When do the new Verizon talking points come out? Why don't you talk about how supposedly great your black berry storm is... haha
28. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
i always talk about my storm :-). it's most def better than the iphone.
29. theman414 (Posts: 130; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
Maybe you should replace Dave Chappelle as a comedian... You sure are funny! The Black Berry storm SUCKS! Every review I seen is not very good, and everybody I know that has it has thought about returning it for another phone. http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab
30. majiccman07 (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
I think maybe you are stretching you comparison just a little. Is the Pre a good phone, only time will tell. I am sure all the Sprint customers are very excited that they all have a new toy to play with and they all should be excited. Let's face it and this is not a jab at Sprint but they really have had nothing to be excited about in a long while. Every article you read is a jab at how they are losing customers and how their customer service is lacking and etc and etc. I am an at&t employee and I am glad that there is a phone out that is considered as a serious contender to the iphone. Lets all face it that competition is good for all of us. Do I think the iphone is the greatest and only phone out there, no, but you have to give credit where credit is owed. The iphone has brought a whole new set of expectations to the wireless world. Like others have said the iphone was not the first touch screen but it was the first to make touch screens popular. I would say that 40 to 50% of our line up now is some sort of touch screen and none compare to the ease and grace of the iphone. There is no effort when glyding through the screens vs some of the others require a certain touch. Now about the Pre, there is not much I can say about it except what I have read and the reviews are mixed. From what I have read the only digs are the very sharp sides of the keyboard as well as it has a very cheap feel to it. A few others are the touch screen is sometimes not very responsive and the delays when moving between screens. I'm sure most can be fixed with a firmware update. Now as for all the BS comments that you lovely Verizon people love to kick in WHY? At&t has the iphones Sprint has the Pre and T Mobile has the G1, what the hell do you guys have other than big mouths and a serious case of phone envy. I know you guys have the alimight network which is great but when it comes down to it you guys have no phones to draw people to it as of now. Lets face it, the Storm was a bust and you guys know it. It has had more firmware updates in 6 months than any other phone. I'm sure the Storm 2 will correct a lot but the first was a bust. Vz would not have turned it into a BOGO that fast if it was successful. Keep in mind I work for big blue and if anything we have proved that even with a shoty network and a I am in full agreement in saying that I am very disappointed in the way my company handles it's network deployment or lack there of, that if the phone is cool enough people will sacrifice service for a phones capability. Now would Palm be able to pull the numbers the way Apple has, hell no but it is doing its best. You got to give it to Apple and at&t for the nice price drop, we have been so busy since the news yesterday, as well as new 3Gs release. Anyway say what you want about either company or either phone but when it comes down to it if you are happy with your purchase then thats what it is all about. Don't let anyone on this site make you feel bad for what you like. Not everyone is an Apple fan or a Palm or even BB. I am sure the haters of this site wheither it be the VZ or VZ's will rip this apart and have at it but keep in mind just having the network is not enough anymore.
31. j1109 (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Jun 2009)
Fact: If you want unlimited talk, text, and data here is the difference: iPhone $150 / month Palm Pre $100 / month That's a big difference, for comparable service. Pre owners can just laugh all the way to the bank.
36. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
its not all about savings and finance. . .what about the value of having real 3G speed and being able to surf and download faster?. . .AT&T is faster. Even AT&T Edge (2G) is faster than Sprint EV-DO (3G). . .There is also image and brand power Apple is perseved by many to be "cooler" than Palm. . .
41. gba2000 (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)
it's not a comparable service though, sprint network is smaller. But is it worth 50 bucks more? Probably not, but most people don't need unlimited talk.
44. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
the reviews you read were prolly before the latest os update. yes it has had negative reviews but i think it's an awesome phone...so tell me again what makes the iphone so much better than the storm??
48. brettconnect (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Jun 2009)
network not important LOL. Thats like saying "yeah Ill buy the ferrari but can you put a kia engine in it" lol.I agree the storm is a POS but you not biased are you AT&T employee. And there was only 2 official firmware updates. VZW at least got it right finally. And Im not a VZW fanboy either, frankly Verizon is horrible with everything but their network. I-phone is incredible but when you dont get service your stuck with an Ipod touch. And I can get one of those contract free for much cheaper. No hating just participating. Marinate on that for a bit.
51. brettconnect (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Jun 2009)
edge is not faster than evdo. go ask a tmobile customer
57. j1109 (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Jun 2009)
You are seriously misinformed. My friend with his apple 2G phone could not get even half the speed I was able to get with the HTC touch pro on Sprint. I had reception with Sprint service where my Verizon (yes I had both at the same time) didn't even register.
2. chupum (Posts: 115; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
Masters, I'm with Verizon, and while I like their service, I have to admit that I'm jealous of Sprint having the Pre! It's good to hear that you're enjoying the device, I can't wait until it comes to Verizon! =) What specifically do you like about the device, if I may ask...
22. instinct75 (Posts: 22; Member since: 06 Feb 2009)
its not coming to verizon even the ceo said tocheck their facts its not true
33. Masters (Posts: 22; Member since: 15 Apr 2009)
Chupum, there continues to be rumors about the Pre going to Verizon. I hope they come true. I think you'll love the phone. What do I like about it? So far, I have to say the form factor is excellent. Although I love the iPhone's huge screen, the Pre's screen is a tad bit more crisp and because it's smaller and a bit rounder it feels great in your hand. Perfect I'd say. The multitasking is incredible. I love switching from one open app to another. This is something you'll have to actually experience to really know what I'm talking about. The notification system is the best I've ever seen, outdoing even the G1 but I still give the G1 credit for setting the bar when it comes to non-intrusive notifications. The keyboard is a bit cramped, but nothing you won't get used to in no time flat. I think the same can be said about any keyboard (hard or soft). The features are plenty my man. Do a search on youtube and watch the reviews. You'll see for yourself. Of course, there's really nothing like holding it in your hand and seeing how well it works. It is a first gen phone so its not without its faults. But if Palm comes through with support and updates, this phone will continue to amaze me.
3. metalpoet (unregistered)
I am curious as well as to whats the big deal about the pre. what seperates itself from all the other touchscreen full qwerty smart phones out there?
4. belve14 (Posts: 113; Member since: 31 Mar 2009)
I love my pre and it makes me very happy. What sets it apart I dont know where to start...it has the multi tasking that no other phone i have ever seen. the touch is perfect the keyboard is great. I have played with the storm and the iphone. The pre does alot more with email and internet than both it is fast and once again you can multi-task everything. For instance i can talk to you while i surf the net or text message or even come on here. There is no close out, go back, and all that crap that i have always hated on every phone that has ever come out. I can go on my gps and still surf the net text message i mean i honestly havent even got to know maybe more than 60% of what this phone can do its crazy. Its def in its own category.
5. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
The new Sprint??? Why did they ship with out with out alarm clocks?? So customers couldnt set a alarm to take the POS back!
6. PhoneUser (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
rwolf1984....... you here again with the same comment? What is with you and the alarm clock? I'm sure an app will be made for it. I'm not going to lie i dont understand why it didn't came with it. Like i said in my last comment i left for you, a certain phone came to the U.S. without almost every basic thing a phone has. So stop trying to make it a big deal that the pre doesn't have an alarm clock. I just feel like your trying to talk down the Pre.
7. Wmicke (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
@rwolf1984 Much as I hate the term "apple fanboy" you're really acting like one! If you'd bothered to check or even do a modest amount of reading and self-education, you'd already know that according to Palm the original decision not to put the clock/alarm app in was made so that a wider array of clock/alarm apps could be offered through the app catalog, apps which would be able to integrate with the Synergy aspect of WebOS. But since you didn't bother reading that much, them I'm hardly surprised that you ALSO didn't know, that in answer to customer requests, Palm has already added an alarm/clock app to the phone, which while not integrated w/ Synergy, still allows multiple alarms with a wide variety of customization. They did this, in less than 2 months (and in time for the actual device launch!) after word got out that it was missing, and customers started asking for it... How long do other companies take to update their phone OS functionality and add missing features that people thought should have been available at launch? No other company that I know of has been able to respond so quickly and decisively to customer requests for an update of core functionality… So not only does this show your painful ignorance, but it emphasizes how Palm has really gone above and beyond to be aware of and respond to customer demands and requests for WebOS, and how fluid and seamless the OTA updates are that Palm built right into the core WebOS functionality. Oh, and BTW I didn’t even have to plug-in, dock, or otherwise sync my phone to receive the 1.02 WebOS update, can you say the same of your last OS update on whatever phone you’re using (although we can all guess what the answer is already)… I didn’t think so, but for what it’s worth, I’m glad you’re finally getting some (but not all) of the features that were missing from your OS at launch… too bad it had to take two years instead of already being fixed at launch…
9. AZNphoneGeek (Posts: 200; Member since: 15 May 2009)
rwolf1984, the phone has an alarm clock now. theres a hickup in that is conflicts with other phone notifications if events go unchecked but oh well, use your old phone for the alarm until they fix it eh. palm released a new OS from the ground up and for the most part, it's amazingly solid. think back on the 1st gen blackberry and winmo OS versions and tell me how perfect they were. i give sprint and palm two thumbs up for releasing a new OS that doesn't suck.
23. instinct75 (Posts: 22; Member since: 06 Feb 2009)
there is one you have to update the software go do it and youll see one!
34. Masters (Posts: 22; Member since: 15 Apr 2009)
On launch day there was already an update available from Palm which included the addition of an alarm clock.
43. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
blackberry Storm is OTA update capable but I dont have that phone either.
8. russi (Posts: 11; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
Rwold1984 you are seriously sounding extremely jealous that you dont have a pre and you are most likely with a different carrier this phone does everything and if you are downing it for it simply not having an alarm clock then you dont deserve a pre you should go get a pos storm or an iphone . . aka the choice phone of a 12 year old girl thanks buddy have a good one
45. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
Actually the choice phone for a 12yr old girl would be the EnV3 or that lame lg lotus... Good try though
10. Raiderjoe (Posts: 16; Member since: 27 Mar 2009)
The phone does have an alarm clock, you just need to update the phone with the new 1.02 update. I'm really happy with this phone, I like listening to Pandora while writing an e-mail and being on the web. The point is this phone does all those things very quickly and smooth. The phone is amazing, very responsive, with no lag and zero crashes since I bought it. I starting to love the keyboard compared to my touch pro, I can even type with one hand or both if I want. The web pages load very fast, looks very good and the multi-touch to zoom in/out is very quick to respond. Palm and Sprint has one very happy customer!
26. theman414 (Posts: 130; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)
I would switch to sprint because of pricing but I keep hearing horrible things about customer service
39. Hotzb22 (Posts: 103; Member since: 30 Mar 2009)
nothin to worry about i work for att cust care and half the people in this call center have sprint
42. gba2000 (Posts: 49; Member since: 28 Dec 2008)
At the Sprint HQ many had to have a different carrier because they got no signal. This was 4 months ago, dunno about now.
15. bigdog805 (Posts: 20; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
Rwolf1984 is the biggest hater on these forums. You think you know everything but you dont. Just like if we were talkin about girls you shouldnt comment cus you know nothing about the topic. If someone needs info on cucumbers and lube I'm sure your the man but anything else you should shut up. And I'm sure the 1984 in your name is for your record setting guy on guy gangbang. stay off the forums chump.
19. attsucks (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 Mar 2009)
This is your first comment on this website and your already talking about other people. Are you serious?
40. bigdog805 (Posts: 20; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
att shut up, I've been on this website previously i just forgot my logins so I created a new one. Thank you though your very informative!
46. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
Oh, looks like someone is having some Size Issues... It's okay 805 is a good try... but keep your head up only 1180 to go
49. attsucks (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 Mar 2009)
I know right I am very informative. How do you forget your login? Talking about gangbangs and cucumbers. How the hell is that informative? Faggot.
53. bigdog805 (Posts: 20; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
Its pretty obvious attsucks is sucking rwolf1984's off. Seem pretty defensive of your boyfriend. You two are probably cuddling by the fireplace right now. You two homos make me sick
54. attsucks (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 Mar 2009)
Its pretty obvious that you like guys since 2 out of your 3 comments were about guys lube and cucumbers and now your imagining 2 guys by a fireplace. What the hell is the matter with you? Besides I have a girlfriend and pretty soon will be engaged so sorry im not gay. I left no indication of being gay and not once was defensive sorry so quit fantasizing about guys, that is pretty sick.
17. cwilliams706 (Posts: 6; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
Apple iPhone 3G S & Palm Pre Ability to play music in background Innovative OS 3.2 MP camera SMS/MMS Capacitive touchscreen Multi touch technology GPS Application Store iTunes sync HTML Browser Can run older model/OS programs Apple iPhone 3G S: Video Recording Video Messaging MobileMe 16 GB/32 GB Memory Magnetometer More RAM Accelerometer Data/Voice Simultaneously World phone Palm Pre: True program multitasking Palm Synergy Camera flash 8GB Memory Physical QWERTY keyboard Keep in mind, I'm an indirect sales associate for AT&T and Sprint. I currently use the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1a, continue on though.
27. DonLouie (Posts: 594; Member since: 22 Dec 2008)
Now matter how fast they make the iPhone, it'll still depend on WiFi to get those speeds meaning there native network sucks
32. Mali Mal (Posts: 35; Member since: 09 Apr 2008)
Yo I can't believe I jus read every comment... Lol but all of you make ur strong points... I jus got my Palm Pre and very satisfied, to tell you the truth I went from a windows mobile device to an iPhone a couple of months ago... I had to try it out at least, within about 5 months I cancelled my Att contract and got rid of my iPhone and went bk to a Touch Pro... Main reasons- no Slingplayer, no multitasking, no keyboard, dropped calls, no video recorder, delete one text message and honeslty I can go on but don't feel like it... Believe me I wanted to keep the phone but it just didn't fit my needs... Now that I have the Pre I am completly satisfied, the only complaint I have is that there is no sd card slot and no video recorder but they should have one soon... Otha than that this is by far the best phone I have ever used... There is no need to even go into pricing... Anyways Pre owners please tell me what you think of the phone so far
35. Masters (Posts: 22; Member since: 15 Apr 2009)
I'm with you Mali. I'm definitely happy with this phone. I have a family plan and jumping ship to AT&T is an automatic extra $30 bucks a month and only half the minutes. And there are even rumors the pricing will go up for iPhone users if they want their precious MMS and tethering. Ridiculous. I think the iPhone is awesome. But honestly, I don't think the iPhone is so awesome that I'm willing to pay way more money to have such a nice phone on an unreliable network. Sprint and Verizon's CDMA network is fantastic. 3G speed is super fast where I am and you just can't beat the prices Sprint offers. It's a no brainer with the Pre. It has lots to offer that the iPhone or any other phone can not match.
47. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
Well it sounds like most of your issues can be solved from a Windows Mobile device. . .Plus you can get SKYFIRE!! best mobile browser!!! SLINGPLAYER IS AVAILIBLE FOR IPHONE~!~ http://www.slingmedia.com/ Is it really working on the Pre? WebOS is new. From the sling site it looks like only the Treo is supported. . .
50. rwolf1984 (Posts: 518; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)
Can I run SlingPlayer Mobile for Palm OS on the new Palm Pre? We've received a lot of inquiries about running SlingPlayer Mobile on the new Palm Pre. Unfortunately, the current version of SlingPlayer Mobile for Palm OS is incompatible with the Pre and the new Palm webOS. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---- directly from the sling box Palm Support site http://support.slingmedia.com/
55. DonLouie (Posts: 594; Member since: 22 Dec 2008)
rwolf1984 has already proved that he knows little by saying ATT is faster and more dependable than Sprint, even attsucks knows that.
56. attsucks (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 Mar 2009)
I work for att and hate it, I have sprint and it is way better than att, better more reliable phones. Also cheapest plans. Att cant compare to the phones Sprint sells.