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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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RE: Cool!!!
By kamel5547 on 5/29/2009 11:06:58 AM , Rating: 1
Exactly. I refuse to even consider VZW because of how much they cripple their phones. Not to mention their general lack of price competitiveness.

RE: Cool!!!
By mcnabney on 5/29/2009 1:24:10 PM , Rating: 2
The only way Verizon has crippled their phones is Bluetooth file transfer, and they did that because their contract with Qualcom required it to protect their application downloads. Application security has since improved and it is no longer an issue with Verizon or AT&T through the AppStore. You guys are a bunch of whiney babies.

RE: Cool!!!
By Etsp on 5/29/2009 5:55:55 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I know that blackberrys on Verizon that have hardware support for wifi, don't support wifi on Verizon's network.

Verizon killed that feature. That was a deal-killer for me.
Now, I'm on AT&T with a Bold, and I absolutely love it.

RE: Cool!!!
By mcnabney on 5/30/2009 12:57:55 AM , Rating: 3
Verizon has carried the Pearl, 7130, 8830, Curve, and Storm. None of these devices have ever had WiFi. Some of Verizon's Samsung devices do have WiFi and it is enabled, so I don't think they have a problem with it.

RE: Cool!!!
By retrospooty on 5/29/2009 2:10:27 PM , Rating: 3
" Exactly. I refuse to even consider VZW because of how much they cripple their phones. Not to mention their general lack of price competitiveness."

Really? That seems an odd way to make purchasing descisions to me. I personally look at a phone/carrier combo and see what features it has and what the price is and decide if I like it. I have been with Verizon and various smartphones for 5 years and have never had a feature that I cared about be disabled.

What did Verizon disable other than the ability to connect your PC to the phone and use it as a broadband modem (a common practice for carriers)?

RE: Cool!!!
By MScrip on 5/29/2009 4:34:35 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Verizon Blackberry Curve... and the only thing I notice is that the GPS is crippled.

BUT, GPS does work on Blackberry Maps... so it's better than nothing.

Besides... that's why I got a Garmin!

Everything else is 100% Blackberry.

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