Palm Pre and BlackBerry Storm 2 to be for sale at Verizon in 6 months?

Palm Pre and BlackBerry Storm 2 to be for sale at Verizon in 6 months?
Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam told viewers of a webcast that his firm expects to be offering customers the Palm Pre and the BlackBerry Storm 2 within the next 6 months. "Over the next six months or so you will see devices like Palm Pre and a second generation Storm," on the Verizon Wireless networks, McAdam said in a story published by Reuters. Sprint currently has the exclusive rights to sell the Pre in the U.S. although it is expected that the pact with Palm expires at the end of this year. The device will be launched a week from this Saturday amid the heaviest buzz of anticipation seen for a smartphone since the release of the iPhone 3G last year.

Big Red is the exclusive U.S. carrier for the BlackBerry Storm, RIM's first touchscreen device. While the Storm has sold well, the reviews have been lukewarm with most of the problems centered on the handset's clicking touchscreen. Leaked photos of the Storm 2 seem to show that RIM has done away with the SurePress mechanism, although Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis late yesterday said that SurePress was still alive. While some reports had surfaced that the sequel to the Storm would launch as soon as next month, the quote from McAdam appears to put the release of the device on a collision course with the 2009 holiday season

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source: Reuters via EngadgetMobile





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17 Comments

1. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

YAY! I'm psyched!

2. SilverPearl

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 08, 2008

Notice here it says, "...devices LIKE the Palm Pre and..." which doesn't mean it definitely WILL BE that device... at least for now, anyways. Everything changes in 6 months anyways these days.

3. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Device like the Palm Pre could be Eos or a newer version of the Pre maybe?

4. belve14

Posts: 113; Member since: Mar 31, 2009

Yes it says like the Pre not the Pre....things do change drastiacally now and days. But I think that every phone company should have there own special device.

5. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

I hope the Pre can sync with Itunes like reports have said; thats the only appeal for me.

7. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I saw that too and would really be surprised if it is true...Apple might just have a case against Palm if it is true. I'm sure Apple could just release iTunes 8.3 and somehow block the Pre but people could still use older versions. That being said I'm gonna stick to drag n' drop regardless...never been a fan of syncing music for some reason. Also hope I can just delete a song off the Pre instead of re-syncing or hooking it up as a USB storage device.

12. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Well so much for that idea....Palm just demoed syning non-DRM music, pics, and vids. http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2009/05/28/itunes-support-confirmed-for-palm-pre/ I'm guessing this was the last "secret" they were holding that no one speculated about.

6. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Everyone wants some of the that Pre..That phone is gonna kick ass

8. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

I am sticking with the fact that it's still a Palm, regardless of how cool it looks. Everyone was psyched about the Storm, and we see what happened there, and RIM is a dependable brand. Palm doesn't exactly have a great track record (i.e. security flaws allowing cloning, constant malfunctions/defects, etc.), so I wouldn't be getting my hopes up about it. It MIGHT turn out to be a great phone, but that's not very likely imo.

9. chupum

Posts: 115; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I find it kind of funny that people seem to be more excited about the Palm Pre than the other phone mentioned in the article (Storm 2). =)

10. The Spartan

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

Palm Pre and Storm 2 FTW. Wow, I can't wait for Christmas (Can't wait to have a Palm.)

11. Keepin_Real

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 22, 2009

Don't believe it's the Pre. I think it might be the EOS, as it's coming to AT&T. And probably VZW. The EOS is not the Pre. Nice joke by McAdams and AT&T.

13. yourmom07

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 07, 2009

thats quick for a storm 2.. THATS why you're not supposed to buy the first make . all your money spent and 6 months later it effs up on you and the NEW AND IMPROVED version comes out and you're screwed in your contract and have to wait for your upgrade eligibility. don't you people ever learn.

14. JDubreno005

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 07, 2009

VZW rules all...

15. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

blackberry storm FTWA

16. craggie4ever

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 24, 2009

Please tell me this is a joke!? Oh dear lord! Verizon is gonna mess these up too?!?! Great!

17. VZWEMP

Posts: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

if thats what you want to believe then dont get the devices....plain and simple right?

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