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Leaked information points to $50 price cut for Palm Pre

Sprint runs one of the largest mobile networks in the country, though it is struggling with customer losses to competitors and lacks compelling handsets to lure new customers to its network. The Palm Pre was one of the highest profile exclusives for the Sprint network and according to many reports, the Pre failed to generate the type of sales and new customers that Sprint had originally hoped.

With the HTC Hero Android phone coming to the Sprint network at $179.99 and the Pre currently selling at $199.99, it would make sense that many customers would jump on the less costly Android-powered device if on the Sprint network.

A bit of leaked information has surfaced at PreCentral that claims the Palm Pre will be getting a minor price cut on the Sprint network. According to the tipster, the price through indirect retail partners of Sprint like Best Buy and non-corporate stores will drop to $149.99 thanks to a $50 mail-in rebate.

Best Buy has become very wise to the fact that many consumers don’t go for mail-in rebates today and has been offering any Sprint mail-in rebates in its retail stores as instant rebates. While there is no official word from Best Buy that this will be the case for the Pre price cut (assuming the price cut is real at all), but there is no reason to believe Best Buy wouldn't offer the rebate instantly.

Other Palm devices on Sprint are said to be getting price cuts as well with the Centro dropping to $29.99, the Treo 755p at $99.99, the Treo 800W for $49.99, and the Treo Pro selling for $199.99.

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Pre > Hero
By TechLuster on 9/8/2009 1:18:43 PM , Rating: 3
I just moved from a Centro to a Pre a few weeks ago. Sprint gave me the full new-contract discount on the Pre (though I'm not sure I'll be getting the rebate) even though I still had 8 months left on my previous contract. It looks like they're pretty desperate to push the Pre, so a price cut seems plausible.

Between the Pre and the Hero, Sprint customers should opt for the Pre. The biggest reason is that the Hero still uses the ancient, slow ARM11, as opposed to the ARM Cortex A8 that's in the iPhone 3GS and the Palm Pre. Read Anand's 3GS and Pre reviews, and you'll see just how much faster (i.e. less painful) this makes things like web browsing (we're talking ~twice as fast on the two Cortex A8 phones).

Also, the "Cards" multitasking interface is just PERFECTLY executed on the Pre. You really can't appreciate how beautiful this feature is until you've used it for a while. Finally, the Pre of course has a keyboard. If nothing else, this frees up tons of extra screen real estate for composing emails, etc.

RE: Pre > Hero
By The0ne on 9/8/2009 2:08:57 PM , Rating: 1
Actually I think no one person can appreciate true multitasking until they've used it often. A good example would be the Amiga :) Still have my 500 sitting here.

RE: Pre > Hero
By zerocool84 on 9/8/2009 8:25:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yep people that have the iphone finally have notifications but there's nothing like having the ability to do some true multitasking. The keyboard is small for my fat fingers but worlds better than any virtual keyboard. I need some type of feedback on my keys.

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