It looks like we are getting a little closer to seeing the launch of the highly anticipated Palm Pre. According to a recent posting over on the Sprint Gurus user forums training is scheduled to begin very soon. In fact, it is just a few days away now on May 6. It looks like the classes are also going to be highly guarded, and the
students employees will be required to hand over all phones, cameras, iPods, etc. before entering.
“As I’m sure you are already aware, the details of the Pre phone have been a closely guarded secret, and we’re proud of that. We’re excited to have reached a point where we can now share with you the details you need to know to support the product. However, this does not mean that our level of security has changed. In fact, we’re asking you to join the ranks of people who will keep the secret.”
“Before we end this training course, please remember that you signed a non-disclosure agreement at the beginning of class today. It is important to not share what you have learned here today with anyone until the Pre phone launches and we begin supporting customers. If customers or friends ask about the phone, direct them to www.sprint.com/palmpre or the Palm Website (www.palm.com) for the latest information.”
They will also, as noted in the above quote, be required to sign a NDA. Another item to note from these training classes is that each session will include one Palm pre setup and only five students, which should be good for their hands on time, which will hopefully mean that these employees will be able to effectively talk about, suggest and in-turn sell the Palm pre once it is available.
So, what does this mean for all of us who are simply waiting for a release to get some hands on time? Nothing really because a release date still has not been made official. It does however suggest that we are getting closer to finding out that information. Now, let’s just hope that a release date follows soon, and if nothing else that some employees feel the need to leak some goodies from their classes. Of course, if any Sprint employee is reading this, feel free to send anything my way.