Pre's Touchstone charger dock price unveiled?

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Pre's Touchstone charger dock price unveiled?
If you are even remotely interested in the Palm Pre, then you’ve probably heard of the Touchstone charging dock – it is precisely the one that allows you to charge the device without any cables, by just placing it on top of the charger. We have recently seen a video presentation of the Pre, where the marketing representative stated the Touchstone charging dock would be just the first of a series of products under the Touchstone brand.

Now, Engadget has somehow managed to find out what seems to be the price of the dock. According to the Point of Sale inventory list they have found, the dock would cost $69.99, which is rather hefty for just the pleasure of charging your phone without having to plug the charger into it. On the other hand, it was confirmed earlier that the charger would be bundled with a special battery cover, needed for the charger to operable, so at least you won´t have to purchase that separately.

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source: Engadget



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17 Comments

1. heavybreathing

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

I can't think of how this would be useful...only in an office setting.

2. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Sounds shady, oh and phonearena, RAZR WITH AN ACTUAL RAZOR FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

15. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

..gotta admit the price is quite high, but the technology is also new. Like heavybreathing said , and office desk or home office is probably the best setting for this, but you know people gonna buy it just because it's a cool new way to charge your phone. And as far as trying to generate more revene to come back from the "Hole", it might not be a bad idea from Palm to not only come up with a new device but also a cool accesory that will attract more $$$..

3. realism121

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 16, 2008

I'm starting to get very worried about the future of Sprint, Palm and the Pre. I've been just as excited and anxious as a lot of Sprint customers about the Pre's release, but the more I read about pricing for the phone, and now for the touchstone, the more I am starting to worry! It is INSANE to think that people are going to pay $70 for a charger! And with everything I've been reading that points to the phone being at a $299 price point, Sprint and Palm are CERTAINLY pricing themselves to a very quick death. In this economy I think someone over at Sprint needs to realize that people are not going to want to pay that much for a phone, much less a charger! After taxes and whatnot, it'll be over $400 for the phone and touchstone. Thats insane! Come on Sprint! Get it together!!!!

4. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

$69.99 will keep me from buying one but it is only $20 more than what Sprint charges for the Palm Treo travel chargers right now. There is talk that the Touchstone line will do more than just charge, like USB docks or car kits using the same concept. http://nextelonline.nextel.com/NASApp/onlinestore/en/Action/OSBrowseAccessoriesDetail?categoryRefNa me=Power&PHONE_ID=PTR690HKB&selectedAccessoryID=SPHTCH004&topPageNumber=0&subPageNumber=0 http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2009/04/13/palm-touchstone-not-just-a-charging-dock/

5. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

$50 for a travel charger????? Are you sure thats correct? Not even VZW rapes customers like that!

6. attsucks

Posts: 139; Member since: Mar 24, 2009

Where does it say 50.00? Its 69.99 which is even worse.

8. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Sellphones 82 said $20 more than what Sprint charges for the Palm Treo travel chargers right now.

10. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

That is why I posted the link (not sure if it worked thought cuz I may have entered a zip code some were). $49.99 for a regular travel/wall charger is cazy. The proprietary Palm charger is the only one that's that expensive though. If you look at the charger for the Palm Pro (mini USB) its $34.99 so a little better. Either way it is a crazy mark up since the company I work for sell those same exact same USB charger to dealer for $8.28.

12. attsucks

Posts: 139; Member since: Mar 24, 2009

Yeah i read that after i posted i meant to edit but i couldnt my bad. Sorry.

17. jonky876

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 08, 2009

they said that the touchstone charging style was an option to charge it. not the only way. if you want to pay 69.99 thats cool but you dont have to if you want the phone.

7. att_agent

Posts: 96; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

HTC TOUCH PRO FTW!

9. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Razr with an actual Razor FTW!

11. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

LG voyager FTW

13. McMillian

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 07, 2009

Seems like Sprint is desperate investing Everything into the Palm Pre. Its not really changing the world of phones its just making improvements upon it with a new OS. I'm not even going to lie the Web OS looks like it will be one of the best OS's out there but if you wait another 6 months to a year there is going to be some other Palm out there with the same OS for half the price. Sprint is putting to much into this phone that will be nothing more than a stepping stone for the Web OS.

14. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

generally, palm debuts their phones in the us on sprint, and then everyone else gets it... this is going back to the treo pro, treo 800, centro, etc. so when the new palm phones do come out, chances are that sprint will get them first, followed by all the other us carriers. at&t has apple, vzw has lg (and to an extent rim), tmobile now has android based phones, and sprint has palm (WebOS)

16. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

A stepping stone for a new OS! That may be all it takes to bring a company like Palm back.

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