Thanks for the info! Much appreciated by us all!
It's the American way to try and make a profit....but outright greed at the expense of your loyal user base is another. And who wants to be that the price premium for the 16GB & 32gb Pre will be DRASTICALLY more than what you will be able to buy a 16gb microSDHC card for at the time?
It's analogous to buying a PC from Dell...you can buy the base model w/ 1GB RAM for a decent price but Dell charges outrageous amounts to upgrade the video card, hard drive or RAM. You can buy a 4GB RAM kit elsewhere and install it yourself for less than what Dell would charge you to upgrade to 2 or 3GB.
Palm's copying Apple so closely that they are becoming a sad parody of who they once were. Where's Cobalt & ALP when we need 'em?!?! I think that despite the creakiness and age, the flexibility of Palm OS was still unmatched (well, expect for maybe WinMob) in the smartphone/mobile market. It's a shame that a lot of that variety will be tossed out the window due to WebOS and the total break by Palm from all of their legacy traditions.
P.S. If the pricing report on the 8gb Pre is correct then that's at least a good sign. But instead of a higher-margin, higher-capacity model, I'd rather see a "Pre Pro" with a microSD card slot, the Treo Pro's bigger battery and an IR port in a thicker formfactor at the top of the lineup. That would go a long way towards quieting all of the hardware grumblings at TC & other sites. The various software issues will possibly resolve themselves over time (Garnet emulation, a 3rd party desktop hotsync app etc).