Will the Palm Pre without a contract cost $1000?

Wait, what? Here's one case of when it's hoped that a rumor is just that: a rumor. According to BGR, Palm's upcoming Pre smartphone will eviscerate your wallet, rendering it a hefty $1000 poorer, if you decide to go without a contract. $1000 is a lot for a phone, though it won't cost that much for a phone on contract.

How much is this device rumored to cost otherwise? Well, new customers with a 2-year contract will be set back $199.99, whereas existing customers upgrading will be charged $299.99 to get their hands on a Pre. Again, though... without a contract, they expect a $1000 whomping.

The Pre is expected to go on a trial sale on June 7th, via the carrier Sprint, and will have about 4,500 units distributed throughout Best Buy Mobile locations all throughout the United States. Remember, this is just a rumor, but you never know... some have been known to come to fruition. Let's hope this isn't one of those examples. Fire away, Neowinians!

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$999.99 looks like such an obvious place holder until they update it with the real price.

As for calling the site The Boy Genius Report surely it's not really a bloke with a highly inflated opinion of himself or is it an Engadget type site?

new customers with a 2-year contract will be set back $199.99, whereas existing customers upgrading will be charged $299.99 to get their hands on a Pre.

I went through that with Sprint on my last upgrade. It's insane to treat your existing customers with less regard than new clients. I managed to get in contact with the office of Gary Forsee, the then CEO of Sprint, and they took care of the problem. I guess the new CEO, Dan Hesse, hasn't figured out for himself that you can't retain existing customers by giving them less benefits than new customers.

Even if it was $1000, couldnt you just get the phone for $2-300, and cancel the contract early if you didnt want the contract for another $200?

The iPhone 3G 16GB "unlocked" cost $1030CAD here...
HTC Touch HD is $999CAD...

So, it's not surprising. But I don't think it's true, from what I saw, the Pre will be a wonderful phone/palm, but nothing to compare to the iPhone in terms of multimedia features and gaming capability. I don't think it will be fair to put it to the same price.

Completely false rumor. This has been confirmed that the price is just a placeholder in the Best Buy inventory system. It will NOT cost $1000 without contract. Please stop spreading FALSE information.

Completely false rumor. This has been confirmed that the price is just a placeholder in the Best Buy inventory system. It will NOT cost $1000 without contract. Please stop spreading FALSE information.

That depends on the currency, here in Australia it could easily be AUD$1,000+. My ancient Nokia N95-3 is still worth ~AUD$1,000 here, so I have no trouble beleiving the Pre is that much.

I wouldn't pay even $50 for this. In 2006 I paid $200 for a brand new Palm Tungsten E2 purchased directly from Palm, which had a warranty of three months, and three and a half months later it stopped working. Palm required $135 to fix it, so needless to say, I never sent it, and I will never buy another Palm product again. They are crap, and Palm knows it, since they only give a three month warranty.

Sebaz Vista said,
I wouldn't pay even $50 for this. In 2006 I paid $200 for a brand new Palm Tungsten E2 purchased directly from Palm, which had a warranty of three months, and three and a half months later it stopped working. Palm required $135 to fix it, so needless to say, I never sent it, and I will never buy another Palm product again. They are crap, and Palm knows it, since they only give a three month warranty.

dont you think its a bit ridiculous to make the blanket claim that Palm is crap based on your single experience? especially with a wealth of information and literally thousands of reviews at your fingertips?

i would submit that it is. especially considering Palm has been in the field of devices like these since the beginning.

This rumor has been debunked by SpringInsider. Definatly NOT 1000$, and not Pre-launching Exclusively to bestbuy, and WILL have more then 4500 units.

That is really expensive it better give sexual favours with a Price tag like that.

I hope it doesn't turn out to be true!