As our Robert Nelson pointed out just this morning, Saturday is an odd day to launch. Most blogs know that it is tough to get buzz going on a Saturday so the frenzy we’ve known with Apple launches in the blogs will be somewhat muted for Palm. In any event, Sprint has announced the Pre will go on sale on June 6 for $199.
Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced pricing and nationwide availability for the highly anticipated Palm® Pre™ phone, offered exclusively from Sprint. Palm Pre will be available nationwide on June 6 in Sprint stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, select Wal-Mart stores and online at Sprint.com for $199.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $100 mail-in rebate.
One interesting tidbit in the release announcement from Sprint was buried at the bottom:
3)Within wireless coverage area only. Requires data services at additional cost. Microsoft Direct Push Technology requires Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 with SP2 or Exchange Server 2007. Additional fees may apply.
The explanation was attached to Outlook as an option of where to pull contacts. The first two sentences make sense but the last, “additional fees may apply” – what is up with that? Just a safeguard this in in every announcement? Is it overage issues for those that don’t choose an Everything plan? Probably.
The Touchstone was also announced at the expected $69.99. Sprint broke down the costs for us: $49.99 for the Touchstone, $19.99 for the required replacement back cover for the Pre. No real surprises there other than they are selling them separately.