Rumor: Palm Pre to be launched on March 15

Palm is very much confident about releasing their Pre in the first quarter of 2009 as announced in CES '09. February 15 and March 1 are the dates in speculation for the launch of Palm Pre for sometime now. According to the BoyGeniusReport which caught hold of the Sprint End Of Life products list, March 15 has been mentioned as the date that Palm Pre will be in stock, in-stores to replace the Palm Treo 755p.

Will Pre hit the stores soon as rumored? Will Apple really slap a lawsuit on Palm despite the proof analysts are bringing out about Apple's multi-touch technology's existence as 'Prior Arts' even before the patent was filed. Is Apple trying to use a vague and commonly used multi-touch term to threaten its rivals?

Meanwhile, don't forget to check out the impressive spec list of Palm Pre and its awesome videos at Neowin.

Let's hope this target date is for real so as to stop the guessing game.

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Actually, it's very unlikely to be launched in March, now that the 15th is coming. They're actually holding a webcast on march 12, in which there is the small chance they will delay the Pre even further (see the link below):

http://www.weboshelp.net/palm-news-and-rum...pre-on-march-12

As for a non-US launch date, I can update you on that. Vodafone will likely be the first, as they have already started negotiations with Palm for exclusivity in Europe:

http://www.weboshelp.net/palm-news-and-rum...r-pre-in-europe

It's an interesting looking phone, I'll have to see it in person to decide what I think though. I doubt it'll replace my iPhone 3G but it may replace my wifes Treo 750 when her contract ends this summer. They should have significant bugs worked out of the firmware by that time. It'd be a good match for her since she does not want to lose the tactile keyboard (she hates typing on my iPhone) ... she isn't a huge fan of slider phones though.

i just moved from sprint to att last summer. i hope they release a gsm 3g version for the states. id like to replace my iphone 3g with this.

Matt said,
i just moved from sprint to att last summer. i hope they release a gsm 3g version for the states. id like to replace my iphone 3g with this.

This comment just made LTD cry a single tear, like the native american man in that old litter commercial.


Time to see how long it'll take for Palm to release a worldwide ready Pre. Hopefully it'll be out in Canada by the end of this year at least.