Pre launch day passes with few surprises; Touchstone charging systems hard to find

Pre launch day passes with few surprises; Touchstone charging systems hard to find
The Palm Pre was launched nationwide yesterday with lines forming around some high profile stores. For example, Sprint's flagship store in the Flatiron section of New York City started drawing lines around 5am. The store was supposed to have 100 units of the Pre in stock. While inventory in stores of the hot new smartphone differed by location, the Touchstone charging dock was in low supply throughout the country. Compare the 100 handsets allegedly available at the Flatiron store with the 9 units that was available at a Best Buy location in Orlando, according to a EngadgetMobile tipster. The Bryant Park Sprint store in the Big Apple had handsets, but was out of Touchstone devices.

As the new business week starts tomorrow, we should start to see some early reports of how many Pre's found a new home during this weekend. Besides Sprint stores, certain Best Buy and Radio Shack locations and many Wal Mart stores are carrying the Palm Pre. Availability at these retail partners was expected to be very limited.

And speaking of the Pre, remember when we reported that Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam was saying that his firm was going to be offering the new Palm device within 6 months? Sprint immediately replied that their exclusivity contract to sell the Pre in the U.S. ran beyond the end of 2009 which would make McAdams' statement incorrect. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse continued the onslaught yesterday by saying, "They need to check their facts. That just is not the case. Both Palm and Sprint have agreed not to discuss the length of the exclusivity deal. But I can tell you it’s not six months." AT&T Chairman Randall Stephenson added to the confusion last week when he too said that he wanted his company to offer the Pre on his network once the exclusivity deal with Sprint had expired.

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source: EngadgetMobile, CNET



1. belve14

Posts: 113; Member since: Mar 31, 2009

I'm so happy that the rumor is over and that I got this phone. I'm really happy vzw and at&t can't get it for now hopefully not ever they got their phones. They are so greedy its disgusting. This phone is crazy lol and it lived up to its hype

2. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I kind of know how you feel. I don't want the iPhone to go to any other company either. But I think you were a little extreme when you said that the other carriers are so greedy that it was disgusting. I especially hope the iphone doesnt go to Verizon or even sprint/tmobile, but I don't think that the companies are greedy for wanting it. There's nothing wrong with wanting a phone that will give you more customers.

3. BigRed83

Posts: 144; Member since: May 19, 2008

Storm. New software. Enough said.

5. stuntz

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

did that software update come with a physical keyboard?

9. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

who cares about physical keyboard. You make it sound as if that's what everyone wants. If the iPhone gets a keyboard, I'm moving on. I mean the iPhone is/was the top selling phone and the storm was right behind it. The G1 had a physical keyboard too. What happened to that phone?

4. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

My BM wanted Touch Pro, we stopped in the Downers Grove, IL store to get my 3rd replacement Renegade where she was telling me how she wanted the bigger horizontal keyboard but after playing with the Pre we left with the last one that store had. What is really suprising is that was at 3pm, now she's telling me I can't get one because we can't be phone twins

6. iceman64

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 07, 2009

The pre will be on verzion next year, a lot of people will not leave their phone company to go to sprint because of the pre. Sprint lost millions of customers because of how they treated them, and left a bad taste in our mouth. The palm pre will only sell to some of sprint customers not all. In order for Palm to recoup all the money they loss, they will have to come to the #1 company (VZW) over 86.6 million compare to sprint 49 million customers. Do the math!!!!!

7. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

it would behoove palm to open the os to multiple carriers, as they have done in the past. but historically speaking, palm and sprint have always had a good relationship. the difference with sprint is, this is their flagship phone without question. for vzw, its the storm. for at&t, its the iphone. and for tmobile, its the g1 (anything android). it makes sense for palm to debut on sprint, since its going to garner the most attention by one carrier. that way, they can get user feedback, and build on it by the time it opens up to other carriers. i dont think the pre will hit other carriers, but handsets that run web os will most definitely hit other carriers. notice how vzw said devices "like" the pre. i dont see a problem in that at all...

8. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

iceman64 hit on a good point about the past feeling of Sprint as a whole, don't discount the attention the phone has garnered coupled with the added savings thier plans offer it may sway some. There was vzw defector in the tutorial with my BM yesterday.

10. themak

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 10, 2009

thats why our store had 22 verizon ports yesterday.....

11. gba2000

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 28, 2008

and probably 22 returns soon jk

12. Raiderjoe

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

This phone is amazing, the keyboard is pretty good coming from the touch pro. Runs real smooth, very responsive and I've been using it for hours with no lag and zero crashes. The browser is lighting fast, web pages look really good and the multi-touch pinch to zoom in/out is very quick.

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