Palm Pre to be a Best Buy Exclusive, Sprint to Throw Everything Behind It. 13
Here's something we didn't really expect, fellow brand-new webOS/Pre-related site http://webosareana.com claims that they have it on good authority that Best Buy will be the exclusive retailer of the Palm Pre for the first 60 days. Well, you'll be able to pick them up at Sprint Stores, too.
The site notes that Sprint made a similar deal during the release of the Samsung Instinct and we note that when we spoke with a Sprint representative at the Pre's launch, he said:
We have a saying at Sprint, we are going to "Instinct" it.
The idea being that every so often Sprint launches a phone on their network that they believe deserves the full media package because it could potentially draw their (second1) favorite kind of customer - the new one who signs up for the Simply Everything Plan. In other words -- you know for awhile there all you saw were Instinct commercials on TV? It'll be like that, only more so with the Pre. A Huge Launch.(1. Their most favorite kind of customers are the people who have been with them for years and years and still re-up to new phones relatively often. They're not monsters.)