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    I wonder if the new Pre pricing means that the Eos will have to be priced at $79 or $49? What do you think?
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    Where is the Pre $100?

    Edit: Nevermind. Went back to front page. Wow. Price dropped faster than I expected.
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    It'd be awesome if they made it a "free" phone....who in their right mind would turn down a full featured (albeit hardware crippled) smartphone compared to a crappy candybar phone?

    The key for palm to be successful is to get market penetration with WebOS. Whether that's on the Pre or not is somewhat irrelevant. And the quickest way to get market penetration is to get the OS in the hands of the masses with the lowest barrier to entry - the lowest price.
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    This $99 price is only a Best Buy special for this week. The phone's final price has not been lowered by Palm or Sprint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcoaster View Post
    This $99 price is only a Best Buy special for this week. The phone's final price has not been lowered by Palm or Sprint.
    hopefully it's being promoted for more than a week since they'll have to move a lot of inventory to offset the price reductions for people who purchased it in the past 30 days at $199.

    But back to the original question - does this have an impact on the introductory pricing for the Eos?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dcoaster View Post
    This $99 price is only a Best Buy special for this week. The phone's final price has not been lowered by Palm or Sprint.
    You know, I am starting to doubt whether or not this price reduction was intentional. I called account services at Sprint -- we looked at the local BB sales flyers for two locations in California, the location I am staying at in Florida, and the locations in East Tennessee. The rep and I both checked the web together, looking up sites at the same time. We could not find one store where BB is advertising $99.00 pres.

    However, when we went to the regular BB corporate site -- the PRE was GONE from the site at first. We could not find it anywhere. Then in magically appeared.

    Interestingly, the Spring retentions specialist told me that he would be shocked -- "completely stunned" if BB lowered the price even for a sale as it would go against the exclusive carrier agreement Sprint has right now. He said that they cannot just start selling the pres at discounts without Sprint's authorization until the exclusivity deal expires or is altered.

    Maybe he has no clue, I don't know. But I am seriously questioning the discounted price. Perhaps it is an error?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wordweaver View Post
    You know, I am starting to doubt whether or not this price reduction was intentional. I called account services at Sprint -- we looked at the local BB sales flyers for two locations in California, the location I am staying at in Florida, and the locations in East Tennessee. The rep and I both checked the web together, looking up sites at the same time. We could not find one store where BB is advertising $99.00 pres.

    However, when we went to the regular BB corporate site -- the PRE was GONE from the site at first. We could not find it anywhere. Then in magically appeared.

    Interestingly, the Spring retentions specialist told me that he would be shocked -- "completely stunned" if BB lowered the price even for a sale as it would go against the exclusive carrier agreement Sprint has right now. He said that they cannot just start selling the pres at discounts without Sprint's authorization until the exclusivity deal expires or is altered.

    Maybe he has no clue, I don't know. But I am seriously questioning the discounted price. Perhaps it is an error?
    the Sprint guy has no clue. The exclusivity is for the service provider (i.e., Sprint vs. ATT/VZ/T) and not on the sales channel (i.e., WMT, Best Buy, Sprint). I wonder if Palm approved the price drop (or even has any say at all).

    But you raise some good points - it seems the price drop was not well coordinated with Sprint, if at all, and so might have other implications (on EOS pricing, returns, etc).
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    Hmm...the buzz is that this price change might be an error. That would also make sense since the reduction seems uncoordinated with other partners like Sprint.
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    I hope that Eos will actually be a high end device. I dig the pre and all, but I would prefer a candybar to a slider any day. The only problem is that the Eos needs a big, nice quality screen to be a high end device; thusly, considering the phone would have to be (very) tall to accommodate a large screen and a full qwerty (which would look and feel completely awkward), I'm guessing it will be a low end device with a superb OS. So $50 is looking to be about right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Really mobile View Post
    I wonder if the new Pre pricing means that the Eos will have to be priced at $79 or $49? What do you think?
    $50 for the early adopters, dropping to free soon. The Eos is going to be all about volume and moving units to grow marketshare and drive the creation of apps.

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