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Verizon will offer Pre smartphone in the next six months or so

The smartphone world is buzzing with rumors of new smartphones from Palm and Apple. The iPhone is one of the most popular smartphones on the market and has helped AT&T win new customers to its mobile network.

Palm is looking to grab some of the iPhone’s thunder with its new Pre smartphone which will be a Sprint exclusive handset for the first six months of its availability. Palm officially confirmed that the launch date for the Pre is set for June 6. Supplies of the device are expected to be slim for launch day due to the high demand expected.

Verizon Wireless has announced that after the Sprint exclusive period is over, it will also be offering its customers the Pre. The announcement that the Pre would hit the much larger and more poplar Verizon Wireless network sent shares in Palm up 8.8% in trading reports Reuters.

Verizon isn’t specific on when it will be offering the Pre and only says that it will be in the next six months or so. In addition to the Pre, Verizon is also getting a second-generation Blackberry Storm handset and talking about new phones form Motorola running the Android OS.

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said, "Over the next six months or so you will see devices like Palm Pre and a second generation Storm. You can expect to see us launch a steady stream of new devices from multiple vendors."

Word of the Pre coming to other networks after the shorter exclusive period that Sprint won is good news to many consumers and analysts. Reuters notes that analysts were worried that Palm was limiting the success of Pre by making the handset a Sprint exclusive. Sprint is hemorrhaging customers at a significant rate and has significantly less customers than Verizon and AT&T Wireless.

UBS analyst Maynard Um told Reuters that he expects to see other phones from Palm that run the Pre operating system. AT&T's CEO has also expressed interest in selling the Pre, but runs different network technology than Sprint.

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Nothing official about the Pre!
By Diesel Donkey on 5/29/2009 10:26:02 AM , Rating: 2
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said, "Over the next six months or so you will see devices like Palm Pre...

I've been following the developments with the Pre quite closely, and I would be very excited if the Verizon CEO had actually said that the Pre would be coming to Verizon. HOWEVER, what he actually said is that a device like the Pre will be coming to Verizon. That could very well just be the Pre's little brother, the Eos. Or it could be one of a number of other devices that Palm is planning to introduce on its new OS. But Verizon has absolutely NOT made any promises about the Pre specifically! I don't know why everyone seems to have missed that subtlety.

RE: Nothing official about the Pre!
By nafhan on 5/29/2009 10:50:19 AM , Rating: 1
I just saw on Engadget that Sprint has an exclusive with the Pre through 2009. The next six months or so could have Verizon offering the Pre Jan. 1st 2010.
Sprint would keep exclusivity through 2009 and Verizon would get it in 6 months.


RE: Nothing official about the Pre!
By streak24 on 5/29/2009 11:00:28 AM , Rating: 2
"Over the next six months or so you will see devices like Palm Pre and a second generation Storm," on the Verizon Wireless network, McAdam said.

So by your logic, they also aren't necessarily offering the second generation Storm...just a device "like" the second generation Storm. ;)

RE: Nothing official about the Pre!
By Diesel Donkey on 5/29/2009 1:20:12 PM , Rating: 2
Well, it all depends on how you read the quote, I suppose. It certainly is ambiguous, though. I call into question the certainty of Verizon offering the Pre in this case mostly because there is already another webOS device in the pipeline: the Eos. AT&T is getting it for sure, and not too long from now. That said, given the complete lack of Sprint 3G in my area compared with the opposite from Verizon and AT&T I hope that Verizon does get the Pre!

RE: Nothing official about the Pre!
By mcnabney on 5/29/2009 1:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
The simple fact of the matter is that Palm will cease to exist if they don't sell a ton of these things, and soon.

A Sprint exclusive is equivalent to digging their own grave. Sprint is a value leader that provides an inferior network, horrible customer service, and dodgy phones in exchange for an excellent service price. For customers who don't mind paying more for better quality and service, Verizon is the obvious choice. AT&T is somewhere in the middle. Regardless, they can't sell enough devices through Sprint alone. They need Verizon and AT&T or they are going to join Circuit City in the tech graveyard.

RE: Nothing official about the Pre!
By zerocool84 on 5/29/2009 2:48:17 PM , Rating: 2
Inferior network? Dodgy phones? Seems like you're fairly biased and not reading up on things. I will give you the customer service thing. They HAD really bad customer service but it's improved dramatically and is good now. Verizon and Sprint are extremely similar with Sprint providing slightly better coverage. You can use the Slingbox on Sprint and Sprint doesn't cripple their phones just to use their own software. Verizon is just better with the marketing than Sprint is.

By bplewis24 on 5/29/2009 3:15:22 PM , Rating: 2
This is either a regional thing or you're misinformed. I've used both Sprint and Verizon for the past 8 years here in california (Verizon for 6, Sprint for 2). I can say that without a doubt Sprint's network was inferior to Verizons in my experience. That isn't marketing, it's real-world experience.


RE: Nothing official about the Pre!
By mcnabney on 5/30/2009 1:06:42 AM , Rating: 1
Just look at JD Power or Consumer Reports. Both are independent and both rake Sprint over hot coals. A lot of my friends have Sprint, mainly because they are cheap, but also because I live in Kansas City and Sprint employees can give out these coupons for practically free service to a number of their friends/family. Anyway, they are all universally unhappy with their phones, the network, and none of them even waste their time with calling customer service. They drop calls all the time and most of the time when I call them it goes straight to voice mail because they can't get any signal. And this is in Sprint's home town!!! Anyway, they still keep Sprint because they are getting such a great deal - which actually explains a lot. Sprint has almost 50 million customers (and dropping), but still manages to lose billions every quarter. How in the hell can they do that when AT&T, Verizon, and even T-Mobile are making huge profits. There is just something fundamentally wrong with how Sprint does business. If you can afford a better carrier, avoid them.

By belawrence on 5/30/2009 4:45:45 AM , Rating: 3
It's funny how people state how they can make calls on Verizon where they can't on Sprint considering they are probably the two biggest roaming partners in the country - it really doesn't matter if I'm in an area that doesn't have Sprint service - which is rare here in SoCal, because if Verizon has service in the area, I'm golden. Any company that let's me tether my phone to my laptop and use the SlingPlayer app on my phone instead of forcing me to buy their TV service(cough VCAST cough) can't be all bad. Also, call me lucky but I've yet to have a bad customer service experience with them - yet.

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