Possible Palm Pre rumored launch price

Possible Palm Pre rumored launch price
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.

via: UnwiredView

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8 Comments

1. SprintPower

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

No way this untried technology will survive a near $400 price point. As many have pointed out after viewing the CES video, the device bogs down when using multiple apps, is no better than many phones in the sub $200 range, and its only hook is that this is NOT one of the other OS's. Palm is looking to makeup a huge cash shortfall with this one device. If they put all their eggs in this basket, the best they can hope for is an omelet.

3. Blazeralb

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 11, 2009

well put

5. thedarkknightji

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 27, 2008

Well put? While i do agree that the 400.00 price point is too high, I think for sure sprint will bring the price down to the 200.00 range judging by the current economy and Sprint's need for new customers. As far WebOS... well this was beta version that is a lot smoother than the current Winmo device line-up and a lightyears ahead of the current Palm OS. And you wonder why ppl are excited?? Plus this phone will blow any current 200 phone out of the water when it finally comes out.

7. The Godfather unregistered

You are banking a whole lot on this device that has not launched yet. I think every one here has learned that pre-judgement of a phone is not a good thing. Look at the G1 , hyped up to the max, and it was a decent phone, but not the greatest phone out there. Look at the Storm, hyped up over the top...and it had so many software glitches on it at launch all the critics destroyed it and it got returned alot as well. I will NEVER get hyped about a Palm device just because of the amount of Centro's and 700wx I went through due to software issues and hardware issues ( faulty key pad and hotsync killing my handset were the most common ), and even though this guy looks amazing, looks can definetly be decieving .

2. smkingun

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 11, 2009

Palm execs said the pricing was completely up to Sprint. So if it is priced too high, that would be Sprint's mistake and it would punish both companies who need this to be as successful as possible to get back in the game in a big way.

4. jovel16

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 05, 2008

I would definitely buy it for the $200 price. $400 would be too much and would rather put that money into something not released domestically like the N97!

6. The Godfather unregistered

I will testify to one thing and anyone who has been in this business for a few years can vouch for this....Palm loved to over price their devices. I only worked for one company the entire time I have been in this industry and Verizon use to have Palms stay at a 300-400 price tag , the 650, the 700, 700wx and even the 755 when it first launched ( although I could be wrong on the 755, I dont really keep up with the prices any longer in my new position ). So I would not be shocked if Palm trys to bleed everyone on this one....I dont think Sprint has much influence on Manufacturer Suggested Retail Pricing. I never heard of a company being directed by the provider to specifically price a phone.

8. tmofanboy432

Posts: 139; Member since: Jan 12, 2009

maybe its only me but i think this phone is ugly

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