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    Palm Pre coming to Verizon in January?
    By Ian Paul - Fri Jun 12, 2009 10:05AM EDT

    We've already heard reports that the Palm Pre is coming to Verizon. Now it looks like we're getting close to an official launch date. A source "familiar with the situation" between Palm and Verizon says the Pre will be on Verizon's network as of January 2010, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    While a specific date has not been announced, the timeframe of next January lines up with an announcement made in late May by Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam. During a Webcast with investors, McAdam said Verizon would offer the Pre in about six months. At the same meeting, Verizon also revealed it will sell Android-based phones as well as the Blackberry Storm 2.

    A looming end date gives Sprint limited time to take advantage of its status as the exclusive provider of the Palm Pre. But will Pre fans be willing to sign up with the ailing Sprint network over the next few months, or will they prefer to wait for Verizon? This question has been dogging Sprint since McAdam's pronouncement, which came just days before the Pre launched on June 6. In fact, it's possible Verizon's announcement has already had a chilling effect on Sprint's Pre sales, but it's impossible to know for sure.

    The Palm Pre on Verizon also raises the question of how long AT&T can hold on to its exclusive deal for the iPhone. While the Pre may not be an iPhone killer, the Pre is the first real challenger to the iPhone's dominance as the most sought-after and elegant consumer device on the market. So if the Pre is opening up to more customers, how long will Apple be content to be shackled to AT&T?

    Not long, judging by the fallout from this year's WWDC. People are fed up with AT&T's iPhone service, and are no longer content with its rollout delays and reportedly slow data services. Contributing to AT&T's poor approval rating are a poorly devised and confusing upgrade path for current AT&T customers, as well as AT&T's failure to deliver new iPhone services -- specifically tethering and multimedia messaging -- to U.S. customers in a timely manner. For example, while the rest of the world is happily using MMS on June 17 when iPhone OS 3.0 launches, U.S. iPhone users must wait for MMS until an unspecified date later this summer. A release date for an iPhone tethering service on AT&T is even less certain than MMS.

    Palm, on the other hand, has avoided a long-term commitment with Sprint. Wider availability could benefit the Pre's appeal in the long term, since Sprint and Verizon will compete to deliver better services to the same phone. By comparison, AT&T's exclusive status gives it a little more breathing room to stumble with service delays, since the only way to get the iPhone in the United States is through AT&T. But AT&T's breathing room won't last forever.

    Verizon is rumored to be a candidate for the iPhone once AT&T's exclusivity deal ends. Will Apple avoid Verizon if the carrier is supporting the Pre? Other carriers, such as T-Mobile, could end up with the iPhone, but Verizon is the name that comes up most often in speculation about U.S. carriers for the iPhone after AT&T. Imagine, then, if the Palm Pre and the iPhone ended up on the same network. Now, that would truly be a smartphone smackdown.
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    It is quite unlikely that Apple will ever make a CDMA iPhone. They like to keep it simple and the current design lets them sell the same model worledwide.

    A Verizon Pre will be great news. Palm needs to get as many webOS handsets out there as possible no matter what it takes.
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    Didn't Dan Hesse say the deal is longer than 6 months. Here is his exact quotes.

    "They need to check their facts," Hesse said. "That just is not the case. Both Palm and Sprint have agreed not to discuss the length of the exclusivity deal. But I can tell you it's not six months."
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    I'll believe it when I see an official announcement.
  5. joelpalm
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    Pure speculation FTL
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    The question is, how overpriced will Verizon's data plans be for the Pre?
    A. Somewhat overpriced
    B. Very overpriced
    C. Ridiculously overpriced

    Actually I'm very happy for Palm that they're getting it on other carriers, I just despite the big V and their ugly logo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfine1966 View Post
    Didn't Dan Hesse say the deal is longer than 6 months. Here is his exact quotes.

    "They need to check their facts," Hesse said. "That just is not the case. Both Palm and Sprint have agreed not to discuss the length of the exclusivity deal. But I can tell you it's not six months."
    In CEO speak that means it is 181 days. or 179. Note him avoiding specifics and trying to imply it is longer without actually making a verifyable claim.
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    This is my dilemma. I have a BB Storm on Verizon. Coverage is the best. Pricing... not so much. To be competitive with Sprint you have to not pay for unlimited texting, Vcast, and VZ Navigator. However, my Pre on Sprint can be a tad shoddy in the coverage like everyone else experiences with the random Ev to 1x and back. If Palm fixes this within the 30 days - awesome. I will happily stay with Sprint and not wait for the VZ Pre. I just hope the signal thing is something they CAN fix.

    Even if Palm doesn't address the signal issue, I still will have a hard time giving up my Pre. I'm getting attached to it. I can't bear to think about waiting 6+ months to have one again.

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