Palm Pre drops to $79.99 at Amazon; $36 activation fee waived

Palm Pre drops to $79.99 at Amazon; $36 activation fee waived
It's quite possible that the reason for Jon Rubinstein's tirade against the Motorola DROID the other day stems from the fact that as Motorola's Android handset is picking up momentum, the device that Rubinstein had bet the farm on, the Palm Pre, continues the slide from iPhone challenger to bargain priced smartphone. Amazon has chopped the price of the first webOS device to $79.99 with a 2 year contract, and the $36 activation fee has been waived. Just the other day, the online retailer had cut the price of the Palm Pixi down to $24.99 on contract and with free activation to boot. Had someone told you in the spring that these devices would be available at these prices in the fall, you would have had them committed.

Palm Pre Specifications | Review
Palm Pixi Specifications | Review

source: Amazon via Engadget



1. InstinctDemon

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 09, 2009

The Pre is a great phone; much better than the Droid and Iphone, in my opinion. Advertising this phone; which was nonexistent, from Sprint is to blame, in addition of your slogan the "Now Network" and spending buku money on NFL and Nascar how about advertising some key features your devices i.e. Pre, Hero, Moment, Instinct HD, Blackberry that can accommodate these services. Novel concept, don't ya think?

2. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I totally agree, the Pre and the Hero, and the TP2 are the only things keeping sprint afloat and they choose to advertise their shitty unlimited plans... really? If it isn't obvious by now, people don't care what plans you are offering for the most part otherwise everyone would have T-Mo or Boost, or Cricket. Stop selling the garbage that is your sinking plans and start selling what your phones can do and the diversity of your smartline. HTC and Palm are doing better advertising for sprint right now than sprint is. GET WITH THE PROGRAM SPRINT! If you fall there is less competition, and we as consumers lose a little of our leverage.

6. JeffdaBeat unregistered

That's always been my biggest problem with Sprint. When Verizon comes out with a phone, you know it. Same with AT&T...although they pimp the iPhone so much, you'd think it was the only phone they had. But Sprint, my God. This challenger to the iPhone should have been pushed more than Sprint itself. We should have been seeing Palm Pre everywhere. I remember when Verizon was running tv ads on the Storm a good half a year before it came out. Sprint simply showed the Pre at the end of one of its commercials.

8. InstinctDemon

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 09, 2009

The last phone that was advertised with zeal from Sprint was the Instinct, from what I remember and it was the spotlight on the last season of 24, hey if Jack Bauer can have an Instinct, so can I! But then again something bigger and better might come on the horizon from Sprint to be a big player. all these talks about the Pre going to Verizon maybe has Sprint having secret negotiations with it's on exclusive phone that won't jump to another carrier. who's to say?

3. bagsofcole

Posts: 30; Member since: May 19, 2009

Great phone but no iPhone. not enough apps and the hardware is a little chinsy. The software experience is more intuitive than the droid, but in my opinion, the iphone takes the cake. When my 4 year old son can pick up an iphone, find his choice of games and play without any help AND I can be entertained for hours, thats a smart-phone.

4. bagsofcole

Posts: 30; Member since: May 19, 2009

Love the touchstone... all electronics should integrate that technology, imagine a life without wires. Wait, that would put me out of a job, scratch that idea.

5. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Palm Pre and Pixi is no match to Iphone without ITunes and 100,000 apps.

7. InstinctDemon

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 09, 2009

iPhone with it's iTunes and 100,000 apps? come on who uses 100,000 apps? its quality not quantity, oh sorry you cannot live without those fart apps. There are other services than iTunes like Amazon, Pandora and Napster, duh!

9. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Okay, that fart app thing is so overused. Nobody even uses that. And I agree that there are other services like iTunes. But try telling that to Palm who insisted on making the Pre join the iPods and iPhones in the ability to iTunes sync

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