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Sprint sold out of Pre's in some areas

Back in January the Palm Pre was first shown at CES 2009. Since it first debuted at the show, it has been among the most highly anticipated smartphones of the year. Over the weekend, the Palm Pre launched and both Sprint and Palm are hoping the device can save the ailing companies.

Reuters reports that the launch of the Pre saw some lines form at stores in larger cities as shoppers looked to get their hands on the new smartphone. As expected, the Pre launch was a drop in the bucket compared to the epic launch of the iPhone several years ago.

Reuters reports that while the lines of fans waiting to buy the Pre were shorter than seen for the iPhone, the customers will still anxious to get their hands on the new device.

Peter Lewis, a shopper in line for a Pre, told Reuters, "I wanted their iPhone killer. I've been anticipating this for a while."

Sprint is hoping that the Pre will prove popular enough that it will help stop the subscriber defections plaguing the company and help it win customers back form Verizon and AT&T. A Sprint spokesperson said that as of late Saturday Sprint had sold out of Pre's at a number of locations around the country and Sprint was working to try to restock the stores.

Palm's Executive Chairman Jon Rubinstein said, "It's always nice to see a bunch of people waiting for a product you worked on." He continued saying, "For us, the opportunity is not to take customers away from RIM or Apple." The opportunity here according to Rubinstein is to get Sprint customers to upgrade from basic handsets to the new Pre. An increasing percentage of most cellular providers revenue is coming from data plans, which smartphones are optimized for.

The limelight will shine on Palm for a scant few more hours before Apple's WWDC kicks off in California. Apple is widely expected to launch a new iPhone at the conference in the keynote set to kick off shortly. The first official Pre reviews for the Pre were favorable.

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Sold out
By Natfly on 6/8/2009 11:39:34 AM , Rating: 2
It sold out pretty quickly in my area. The local Best Buy was sold out within 5 minutes of the store opening, but they only had a handful to begin with. The Best Buy mobile store in the mall sold out as well, but they also only had seven or so total.

RE: Sold out
By nafhan on 6/8/2009 11:49:14 AM , Rating: 2
I've heard that Best Buy has been sold out of Pre's in many locations, and Sprint stores have not.
This is probably because Best Buy is offering them for $199 at the register, but the Sprint stores are offering them for $299 with a $100 rebate.

RE: Sold out
By Natfly on 6/8/2009 12:03:53 PM , Rating: 2
This is probably because Best Buy is offering them for $199 at the register, but the Sprint stores are offering them for $299 with a $100 rebate.

That's likely the cause if Sprint stores didn't sell out. It's definitely the reason I didn't go to a Sprint store, I hate dealing with rebates.

RE: Sold out
By taber on 6/8/2009 7:06:28 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't get to the store here until 1pm, but they were sold out as was Best Buy. They told me the local company owned Sprint store received 30 units and they only received 8. They offered to put me on a waiting list and I think I was just #5 on it, I chose that rather than driving/calling around anymore. Their guess is I'll get it sometime this week. Of course I live in a region of only about 400k people.

I did get to play on one and it was a nice smooth experience. The browser was really nice, which is my biggest interest. My only gripe really is the 8 GB storage, but that's not a deal breaker, just something I'd rather not have to keep an eye on like I will now. The new iPhone didn't add anything I wanted that the Pre didn't have and is still missing the biggest selling point on the Pre, multi-tasking.

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