AT&T to sell Palm Pre when Sprint's exclusivity ends?

AT&T to sell Palm Pre when Sprint's exclusivity ends?
From the launch date of June 6th through the end of the year, Sprint is believed to have the exclusive rights to sell the Palm Pre in the U.S. But what happens once Sprint's exclusivity ends? We might have received some hint of an answer today at the D7 show run by WSJ tech editor Walter Mossberg. At the event, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that "he sees AT&T selling the Pre after the exclusive agreement with Sprint expires" according to a report published online by the WSJ.

The Pre being sold by Sprint uses CDMA technology which would not be compatible with AT&T. However, earlier this year Palm said that it would be manufacturing a UMTS version which would allow AT&T to offer the smartphone.

Palm Pre GSM Preliminary Specifications

source: WSJ via PhoneScoop

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8 Comments

1. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

"However, earlier this year Sprint said that it would be manufacturing a UMTS version which would allow AT&T to offer the smartphone."....C'on Phonearena..I didn't know Sprint manufacture Phone.

6. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

Thanks for pointing the mistake out. We've corrected it.

2. stuntz

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yeah, they're building them in the back of sprint store's didnt you know??

3. gba2000

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 28, 2008

dunno about that, Apple would be pissed.

4. t1daboss

Posts: 4; Member since: May 27, 2009

O how i wish at&t was getting this phone>>> But i pretty happy with the rumor of a new iphone... if not then the 3.0 update will be good

5. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Now, I'm going to chose not to believe that last statement that Sprint is manufacturing UMTS versions of the Palm Pre. With that said, why the heck wouldn't Verizon get this phone? Sprint and Verizon both work on CDMA!

7. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Looks as if they will.... http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2009/05/28/verizon-wireless-to-carry-palm-pre-storm-2-in-about-six-mo nths/ I can't wait to see the change in tone about the Pre now that the two biggest US carriers are rumored to get it or something similar.

8. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

What do you mean about the tone? I hope you're referring to all the Palm Pre bashing that goes on merely because it's not on someone's preferred network. I, on the other hand, love what I've heard about the Plam Pre and simply hope that it comes to Verizon as soon as possible.

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