Sprint confirms June 6 launch for Palm Pre

Sprint has just confirmed the rumored June 6th launch date for the Palm Pre.

Engadget spotted the press release after previously noting that June 6 was the day of the Pre.

The Palm Pre phone will be available from Sprint on June 6 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year service agreement on an Everything Data plan or Business Essentials with Messaging and Data plan. An array of compelling accessories also will be available for Pre, including the Palm Touchstone charging dock. The Touchstone™ Charging Kit, which includes the Touchstone charging dock and Touchstone back cover for Pre, will be available June 6 for $69.99. The Touchstone charging dock and Touchstone back cover also are available separately from for $49.99 and $19.99, respectively.

The palm pre specs are as follows:

  • High-speed wireless (EV-DO Rev. A or HSDPA, depending on version)
  • 802.11b / g WiFi
  • Integrated GPS
  • 3.1-inch 24-bit color 480 x 320 display
  • Dedicated gesture area below display
  • Slide-out portrait QWERTY keyboard
  • Exchange email support in addition to POP and IMAP
  • IM, MMS, and SMS messaging
  • High-performance browser
  • 3-megapixel camera with LED flash and "extended depth of field"
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP
  • 8GB of internal storage
  • USB mass storage mode
  • MicroUSB connectivity with USB 2.0
  • Proximity sensor for detecting when phone is near face
  • Light sensor to automatically dim display
  • Ringer mute switch
  • Removable rechargeable battery
  • 59.57 x 100.53 x 16.95mm closed
  • 4.76 ounces

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This phone was good if it released before the "future release news" of some other phones? (i know all nerds here knew about it but i mean to the semi-general public.)

I think this phone won't do so good because people are waiting for possibly "better" phones such as android.

But whatever the case some people only stick with Palm phone after phone, surely they'll like this!


How often do you actually remove your battery in your phone? I have never once in nearly 10 years of having a cell phone had a phone battery die before I upgraded the phone anyway.

roadwarrior said,
How often do you actually remove your battery in your phone? I have never once in nearly 10 years of having a cell phone had a phone battery die before I upgraded the phone anyway.

I remove the battery from my phone when troubleshooting, it can also help if you have a charging dock and an extra battery so you can swap batteries when needing a full charge.

roadwarrior said,
How often do you actually remove your battery in your phone? I have never once in nearly 10 years of having a cell phone had a phone battery die before I upgraded the phone anyway.

Everybody I know has a cell phone who's battery went to crap. This way you can just buy a new battery. Not so easy to do with the iphone.

I've replaced batteries in let's see, 1, no 2, no 5 phones. Not everyone buys a new phone when their battery starts to die all the time.

lawtai said,
too bad it's only coming out on sprint


After a very short period its coming to other providers. Not sure of the details but its common knowlegde to the people that follow this phone. So no worries.

I don't get what is so special about the Pre. When there are phones like the HTC Diamond 2, the Android, and the iPhone. What could the Pre offer that you can't already get? (That is, with the exception of a pointless prox sensor.)

The iPhone and even my LG Incite have a proximity sensor as well. It isn't pointless though, as it disables the touchscreen while the phone is near your face. If you've never used a touchscreen phone without one, let me assure you that it is a welcome feature (no more hitting "end" or changing the volume on the phone because your phone's screen touches your face while you are talking).

chrizzle30 said,
I don't get what is so special about the Pre. When there are phones like the HTC Diamond 2, the Android, and the iPhone. What could the Pre offer that you can't already get? (That is, with the exception of a pointless prox sensor.)


Multi-taskin, that the iphone at least doesn't have for sure.

a new refreshing interface, with what looks like a nice design for multitasking, and a nice capacitive touch screen & full qwerty

roadwarrior said,
The iPhone and even my LG Incite have a proximity sensor as well. It isn't pointless though, as it disables the touchscreen while the phone is near your face. If you've never used a touchscreen phone without one, let me assure you that it is a welcome feature (no more hitting "end" or changing the volume on the phone because your phone's screen touches your face while you are talking).


Never understood why nobody thought to design a concave-backed touchscreen phone with the earpiece and mic on the back instead of the front. It seems like it would feel more natural (try the motion) after looking at your screen, and it reduces contact with the screen (and the oil that goes with it).

Always seemed glaringly obvious to me. I guess I could patent it, never do anything about it on my own, wait for someone to do it and sue them for a cut...seems to work.