No doubt that Palm has stirred up something really big which it hasn't done in a while. The buzz everywhere you turn is the news and hand-on demonstration of Palm's slick new device with an even head turning operating system. But consumers will have to wait in order to experience this new up and coming device. Equally as much, everyone will be wondering what price point Sprint will offer for it when launch day arrives. The rumor has it that the Pre will be offered for $399.99, which is assumed to be the price after rebates and such. People might scratch their heads and wonder if this is the right step Palm should take; especially after the launch of other premier devices we have seen released in 2008. Apple quickly started suit and set the standard with the $199.99 price point of the iPhone 3G. Respectively we have seen the G1 offered for $179.99 and $199.99 for the BlackBerry Storm. It seems as though the sweet spot for the price of a coveted premier device looks to be around the sub $200 price. So the $399.99 rumored price of the Palm Pre will leave a lot of people wondering why they chose to go with that. We would assume that the device would require one of Sprint's Simply Everything Plan in order to activate.
What are you thoughts? Is $400 too much or OK for the Pre?
*Update* It seems that the $400 is before subsidies, and the expected price with a two-year contract is $200 to $250.