Best Buy continues to promote the Pre; phone to be launched in Tuesday's WSJ?

Best Buy continues to promote the Pre; phone to be launched in Tuesday's WSJ?
While the buzz circulating around the Palm Pre is growing louder and louder, big box retailer Best Buy continues to turn up the volume. You might recall our story on the banner ad that the retailer posted on its web site. Now the Best Buy web site features a large page of Pre specifications and features and also throws a good word in for the Sprint network. With every ad or television commercial come the stories from those claiming to know the exact launch date for the handset. Right now, there are two good stories circulating.

One revolves around a potential full page ad in Wall Street Journal the coming Tuesday. The story says that the ad would include the launch date, pricing and begin the official ad campaign for the device. Another possibility for the launch is June 7th. That date is based on the theory that Best Buy stores will be receiving 4,500 Pre's to release in a test launch on the 7th of next month. Pricing is supposed to start at $199.99 with a two year contract, $299.99 for existing Sprint customers eligible to upgrade, and $999.99 off-contract.

With a potential iPhone announcement coming from Apple during its annual WWDC show starting June 8th, the next few weeks promise to be exciting times for smartphone fanatics. Will a Pre announcement prior to Apple's conference get lost if a new iPhone is announced? Will Palm and Sprint try to avoid a collision with the guys from Cupertino or do they feel that their product is strong enough to take on the iPhone head on? The next few weeks will give us all of the answers.
Palm Pre Preliminary Specifications | Hands-on

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1. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

This phone is seriously just not that great from what Im reading....Please correct me if you think Im stupid but sprint generally copy cats everyones good ideas and the kicks around customers, I just dont see this as a good plan..

2. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

can you elaborate on "copy cats"?

3. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

CDMA, "Fastest 3g speeds", Bundle plans (exept theres dont make sense, or money), Phones , they always get VZW's throw aways or "after exclusives". Again I said I might be stupid...Sprint just doesnt know anything they can't handle this phone and they're going to destroy it...similar to the 2007 even when At&t got the iPhone, good phone bad service, statics prove that one though...

4. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

i cant remember one "throw awa" phone that sprint got after verizon had it. It might be the other way around with the htcs (vzw is just getting the diamond, which was launched last year in the summer on sprint). the "fastest 3g speeds" is from independant tests, with vzw right behind sprint. voice coverage is the opposite, vzw ahead of sprint, and then everyone else. and theres no denying the $100 plan is the best in the industry. but everyone is entitled to their opinion...

5. bokfu74

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

That's rather vague. One could also say that Sprint isn't as good at BS as Verizon or ATT, both of whom state they have the largest, fastest and most reliable 3G networks regardless of the facts. Does the existence of the iPhone mean nobody can ever again bring out a touchscreen? Apple is a great company and the iPhone is a great product but it can't be all things to all people.

6. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

It was an example of phone hype vs. network capability....iphone at&t, pre and sprint, g1 tmobile, VZ storm..etc...Data from sprint was proven to be faster in "few" areas but the rest VZW dominated, not to mention those speed test were probably done on our CDMA network we loaned to them, do you when At&t used to say the "fewest dropped calls" that was the beginning of an era in which VZ rained...Sprints plan cheap, but you get what you pay for...

7. theman10

Posts: 93; Member since: May 16, 2009

That is so dumb and you obviously haven't ever had a Sprint cell phone. My money is on you working for Verizon Wireless and you haven't done any actual research. I have had every carrier and US wide Sprint reigns supreme, they are by far the best. They suck at advertising or they would have the largest customer base. And as for the Pre my money is on it being the high seller of the year behind the i phone. Which is awesome only because of the app.'s. But it will beat the stupid Storm.

8. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

its obvious that our opinions are based on either carrier or employer, but I can tell you knowing internally my side and sprints as competition we are required to know whats out there, and I will tell you it would take a whole lot more than just advertising that gets Sprint into the spotlight anytime soon. Unlike you because im involved internally you sound like a litle kid sticking up for his big brother rather than knowing the facts. Sprint is not the best they fail every survey but real people they fail every network test when put up next to Verizon, they FAIL FAIL FAIL, all I have to say is there is no 40 million HUMAN MARGIN created soley by advertising. P.s. I did have sprint about 5 years ago and for the fairness of reality I liked sprint, but I was a customer just like you, not a buisness man.

9. theman10

Posts: 93; Member since: May 16, 2009

You were pretty civil. FYI I work for Sprint and I quit Verizon to work here, because I felt like I was screwing everyone selling them essentially the same thing for way more money. Of course I work in cellphones, I'm not a big enough loser to get on this on my own time...I'd have to beat myself up if I was that lame.

10. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

WOW! This is great, you obviously got fired from Verizon because you were in love with Sprint so mmuch you couldnt help it... But just so I have this right, You quit a fortune 500 company, who gave out bonuses to their lowest employee's, (that was still greater than your anual salery) DURING AND ECONOMIC CRISIS--- and is consistantly growing and known to be the best provider in the northern Hemisphere joined with Vodafone, the ONLY cell phone provider in the BLACK (if you know what that means)....FOR a consistantly failing company who will be in the toilet in less than 10 years on an excelrated downward spiral, for a company who fires thousands Customers, not just employees, CUSTOMERS.... and YOUR ARE TELLING ME YOU QUIT BECAUSE OF YOUR MORAL JUDGEMENT?I really dont think one takes food out of their own moouth because of buisness ethics except hippies and homeless... I think theres a few bolts missing in your Sprint thinking cap.....

11. theman10

Posts: 93; Member since: May 16, 2009

Yo dude, first off, Sprint offers benefits, and I promise you I make more than you. Not trying to brag but I live in an awesome place, I drive a new Audi, maybe you've heard of those. I paid for them and I don't have any debt. I like Sprint better, and as for you 10 years in the toilet, not only was it ignorant. Even if that does happen, I couldn't care less. I unlike you obviously. Am going to school, in 10 years I'll be a Lawyer, not stuck in some dead end jerk water job. Anyway, moral SPRINT is better in my mind. And as for taking food out of my families mouths, pretty stupid. Anyway, enjoy your '95 Mercury Villager, I know what I'm doing bro.

14. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

those speed tests are on each carriers network... while it is true that sprint has roaming agreements with vzw, its not to say that sprints network is slow on its own. data tests in the top metropolita areas has shown sprint to be the fastest nationwide in those areas... vzw probably has a faster network in rural areas as there isnt the same infrastructure layout, but thats neither here nor there... im not bashing vzw, im simply getting tired of people saying that vzw gives sprint their whole network... its the rural areas where the lease agreements are... and those speed tests are on data cards, not phones... either way, cdma ftw!

12. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Your getting a little too offended by being obsolete in your tiny company. I know its difficult when you get fired from VZW but thats no need to lash out and make up personal things you wished you owned. Going to school to learn how to be a truck driver isnt as respectable as you wont pay the bills..I guess it is is beneficial your taking those Sprint defense courses. How to tell when a company is better than us 101 Every company is better than us 101 Dont give up no matter what. (Online Course) Taking Out the Garbage 101 (This class teaches what to do in those COMMON situations where someone is throwing away their Sprint wireless phone) Entrance to : Dont cry about it Tha bailout 101 - for when the company tanks.

13. theman10

Posts: 93; Member since: May 16, 2009

All of it was true, but I'm off, oh and FYI I didn't get fired by Verizon they even offered to fire one of their employees to get me back. Granted he was probably quite the weiner, heads up. Anyway bro, don't be jealous of me, just apologize to your family for being a failure and call it good. Anyway, I'm out...peace.

15. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Don't Cry.

16. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

PapaJay224, a troll with a superiority complex.

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