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9 years ago

Palm Pre Being Delivered to Stores?

Palm Pre Being Delivered to Stores?

by Jennifer Chappell Sat, 14 Feb 2009 1:52 pm EST

 

Update:  Hmmm.... those UPS boxes that were seen being delivered to a Sprint store might have been some Sprint Treo Pro's getting re-stocked after being reflashed.  WMExperts talks about the RAM problem with the Sprint Treo Pro's and that they've gotten word that some of those Treo Pro's are being re-stocked now.

Well, well, we seem to have caught wind of another juicy Pre "rumor" today.  Forum member PedroTheGoat has posted some info via Palm WebOS Blog that there are some Palm Pre's being delivered to some stores.

The Palm WebOS Blog picked up a tweet that UPS is delivering Palm Pre boxes to a Sprint shop.  Below is that sweet tweet.  We sure hope it's for real!

And Palm WebOS Blog mentioned another tweet from a couple of days ago in which an Adam said that his aunt who works for Sprint has a closet full of Palm Pre's.

All this has us wondering if the Pre is really getting close to being released.  Probably not as close as February 15th.  We have a hunch that if the 15th is going to be anything regarding the Pre, it'll be that Sprint stores will have some Pre's on display.  Just a guess though.  Stay tuned...

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9 years ago

More Touchstone Details Emerge

More Touchstone Details Emerge

by Jason Robitaille Fri, 13 Feb 2009 5:53 pm EST

For the past few days Adam Kaufman, a Product Manager at Palm, has been answering questions on Facebook.  Besides his love of tequila, we did learn a few new Touchstone details.  When asked about the possibility of in-car usage, Adam replied:

One of the cool parts about Touchstone, is the micro-suction base that we use to adhere Touchstone to a desk or office environment. This allows for a firm base for your Pre and won’t cause Touchstone to be pulled off the desk when you pick up Pre. With that said, Touchstone isn’t suitable for a vehicle and isn’t designed for acceleration and deceleration. Stay tuned for cool new accessories down the road, and in the mean time, take a look at our new vehicle charger, it is really cool!! Found at http://www.palm.com/us/products/accessories/vpc.html

I never thought about it before, but a Touchstone-style vehicle charger could be incredibly handy for GPS or even just easy access to mp3 and phone controls with no hassle of plugging in connections.  Hopefully Palm has something in the works for the future.  Later on in the Facebook thread, Adam was asked about the charging time and efficiency, to which he responded:

When we developed Touchstone, that was one of our goals...if it wasn't as effective as the wall charger we include with Pre, we shouldn't do it. Check out our site: http://www.palm.com/us/products/accessories/dock.html#tab2

Touchstone charges at the same rate as our wall charger.

Wow!  I was not expecting to hear that. I really thought that the Touchstone would be inefficient and purely a cool-factor kind of item. If that kind of impressive charge rate proves true, it won't be hard for the Touchstone to be quite the hit.

And in case you're wondering, Adam Kaufman will continue answering questions in Palm's Facebook thread until Feb. 17th, so feel free to pop on by.

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9 years ago

Pre Tip: How to Quickly Start Universal Search

Pre Tip: How to Quickly Start Universal Search

by Dieter Bohn Thu, 12 Feb 2009 8:23 pm EST

Sure, It's a little early to start posting tips and tricks about the Palm Pre, but what the heck, right? Here's an interesting one: how to get to Universal Search. See, the Pre has this excellent feature where you can just start typing and it will instantly search all of your contacts and applications and when it runs out of those, will provide you with links to search Google and Wikipedia.  Sounds great, right?  Well how to you get it going if you're already in an application like, say, Notes?

Matt Crowley (the man who explained the lack of MicroSD on the Pre) is answered another question over at facebook, and his answer about universal search solved our (future) conundrum quite neatly:

Matias also showed that pressing the center button, while on an active application, allows you to start Universal Search by just beginning to type on the keyboard. You can search for things on the device as well as off the device on the Internet.

I just used Universal Search yesterday when my 10 year old son asked me how fast a giraffe can go. I typed in "how fast is a giraffe?" in Universal Search and I got the San Diego Zoo's Animal Bytes results. ~34.7MP/H (56 kilometers per hour).

There you have it: to get to a spot where Universal Search will work, just tap the bottom button to go to Card View and badda-bing, what you type will be searched.  Nice.

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9 years ago

More Pre Colors Would Be Cool

More Pre Colors Would Be Cool

by Jennifer Chappell Thu, 12 Feb 2009 1:32 pm EST


I know, I know, first we want the Palm Pre to actually get released!  But it would be pretty cool if Palm were to put out some different colors later on like they did with the Centro.  I think that the Pre we've seen so far looks pretty slick in that dark, glossy Black color.  I also like my Treo Pro, which is also a glossy Black.

But I do enjoy getting to choose a device color.  Those color options just make it all more fun and interesting.  By choosing a particular color, it's like you're able to personalize your smartphone.  When Palm released the Treo 680 in Copper, I went gaga and Had to have it!  I love that color!  And I also had to have the Electric Blue Centro when it was released!  I use that Centro everyday and get compliments on it all the time for its color. And my Nokia N810 is a gorgeous Blue Silver.  Mmmm, that would be a great color for a Pre!

There's a thread in the Pre section in our forums in which some members are joking around about the Pre coming in different colors.  Although many are joking about it, I think that they really would like to see some different colors come out later on.  Someone joked that women would buy the Pre if it were Pink, no matter what features it had on it.  I'm sure that some women or rather teenagers would.  I wouldn't though because I don't think I'd want a Pink phone.  I do think that the Rose Centro on Sprint is pretty though.

Sprint certainly had more color choices in the Palm Centro.  Since Sprint is going to be the exclusive carrier for the Palm Pre, I wonder if we can count on some cool color choices eventually? I hope so!  Hey, maybe Palm can even have different colored Touchstones to match the Pre colors.  Yeah, I'm thinking way ahead here, huh?  It's fun though.  This is an exciting time right now because the Pre isn't out yet and we have so much to look forward to.  Since the Pre we saw at CES wasn't exactly a finished product, maybe we'll see some new stuff on the real thing when it's released.  Who knows?

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9 years ago

More on Bell Pre, plus Telus too?

More on Bell Pre, plus Telus too?

by Jason Robitaille Thu, 12 Feb 2009 1:05 pm EST

A while ago we brought information that the Palm Pre was coming to Bell Canada and earlier today we found a rumoured release date of "late Q2 or early Q3". Well, now we have a somewhat conflicting report from a user named MacD at HowardForums. He tells PreCentral that he works at a Bell World store and Palm representatives came and chatted about the Centro, Treo Pro, and Pre (though they didn't have a demo Pre on them). He went on saying:

Pre isn't coming to Canada until closer to year end from what I hear. It'd suck so hard if that means end of Q3-Q4...

That's quite different from today's earlier revelation of a Q2-Q3 launch possibility.  However, we have heard from another source that Bell plans on launching the Pre on the same day that Sprint does.  As for what that date will be, well, your guess is as good as ours

In other Canadian news, a tipster at the MobileSyrup forums, named Kronk86, says in no uncertain terms:

Oh, and the Pre is coming mid year to TELUS. March i think is the release for Sprint.

Which in itself is interesting, but then he follows up later in page 2 of the thread saying:

The word is TELUS will be releasing in the first half of the year.

It may sound strange to have both carriers launching the same new phone at the same time, but a similar thing happened with the Blackberry Storm: both national CDMA carriers fought for the Storm, and both ended up launching the device at the same time anyway.  Though let's just hope that's where the similarities to the Storm's launch end, if you catch my drift.

Update: MacD from Howardforums wanted to clarify:

Just for clarification, the Pre was only mentioned when I brought it up. It was not part of the presentation at all

This could mean that what the Palm representatives told him were simple offhand estimates.

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9 years ago

Bell Canada Confirmed to Get Pre

Bell Canada Confirmed to Get Pre

by Dieter Bohn Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:10 am EST

 

Confirming our earlier insider report and also what we heard from Ed Colligan yesterday, Mobile Syrup is reporting that sometime in late Q2 or early Q3, Bell Canada will be launching the Palm Pre.  The report further bolsters our insider's claim by noting that the Treo Pro will also launch on the network on February 26th.  

The question of when the Pre will launch on Sprint is still up in the air, of course.  Although Q2/Q3 matches up with the "First half of 2009" timeline we know for Sprint, there's no guarantee that the phone will launch on the same date on both networks.  It might be safe to expect that they will, however, as it's likely Palm will want to have an iPhone-like splash at launch.

Our insider at Bell had also told us the same date that Sprint CSRs were telling customers as late as last week for the Pre launch: the incredibly unlikely February 15th, this Sunday. Although we don't think it's anywhere near realistic (in the non-unicorn world) that the Pre will be available on the 15th, it may be possible that preorders could start on that date.  We've heard it so often and from so many disparate sources, it seems as though something ought to go down on Sunday, but for now we're still expecting it to be a Lazy Sunday.

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9 years ago

Sprint Showing Pre's Specs on Website

Sprint Showing Pre's Specs on Website

by Jennifer Chappell Wed, 11 Feb 2009 8:22 pm EST

Forum member bommarkm has just noticed that Sprint has updated their website to now show the Palm Pre's specs. 

These specs are on Palm's website, but haven't been on Sprint's site until now, so let's hope that this is a sign that the Pre will be released soon.  Goodness knows we've been biting our nails and wondering when we'll actually get our anxious hands on a Pre.

We DO have some new information to share with you though:

7.4GB will actually be available from the 8GB included, possibly implying the size of the OS is somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 megs or so (though it's still unclear what the relationship between the 8GB of storage and RAM will be, and whether or not the Pre will use Program Memory RAM/Storage ROM/Mass Storage like Windows Mobile or have a simpler RAM/Storage setup like other phones).

Also, MMS is CONFIRMED.  So is Phone-as-modem via bluetooth or USB tethering.  Yes!!

 

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9 years ago

Palm CEO Ed Colligan Talks Pre with Investors

Palm CEO Ed Colligan Talks Pre with Investors

by Dieter Bohn Wed, 11 Feb 2009 1:58 pm EST

 

We're listening to Ed Colligan talk to investors about the state of Palm and what some of their plans are going forward.  Some interesting tidbits:

  • There will be no more PalmOS devices released by Palm (excepting the Centro getting released on other carriers).  They're focused on webOS and Windows Mobile.
  • Not only will Palm have an app store at launch, they're not locking down the device so you can only install apps from their app store.  You'll be able to "side load" apps directly over USB or over the air from any provider.  Good news!
  • While Palm can't comment on how long exclusivity will last with Sprint, they are able to say that outside the US they have partnerships going with other carriers.  Colligan specifically mentioned North America (We already knew that will be Bell Canada for sure), Latin America (multiple carriers) and Europe (we strongly suspect that will be Vodafone).
  • Speaking of that exclusivity, Palm hopes that a strong launch with Sprint will attract other US carriers.  He specifically mentioned that Palm would be looking at releasing on other carriers in the 2010 timeframe.
  • As far as applications go, Colligan said that there are a few they feel they need to have at launch.  Specifically, he mentioned Epocrates, a great medical app.
  • On the issue of PATENTS, Colligan made sure to note that there are no pending legal actions with Apple right now.  More pointedly, he noted that Palm has 15 years worth of patents (over 1500 of them in total) and that in patent fights often go like this:

The reason you do that is to have a defensive position.  It's like two little porcupines going around, and you don't want to touch each other because you might get stung. You peacefully coexist and everything's OK and you keep working together.  We're very respectful about people's intellectual property, we believe we're huge innovators and have been for a lot of years and that this product has an enormous number of innovations in it.  If something does happen there, we do have the portfolio, we think to defend ourselves and to be successful doing that.  But nothing's happened to date, so we're really just focused on getting the product out the door.

That about does it for the newsy-bits.  Colligan also expressed happiness with their relationship with Sprint, noting that despite their woes, Sprint has over 50 million subscribers and there are more PalmOS users on Sprint than on any other network.  

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9 years ago

Palmcast 60

Palmcast 60

by Dieter Bohn Wed, 11 Feb 2009 11:19 am EST

How to listen

A ton of listener emails, speculation on the Pre's release date, and more.  Listen in!

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9 years ago

Could the Pre sell for $150?

Could the Pre sell for $150?

by Jonathan Downer Wed, 11 Feb 2009 11:16 am EST

According an article from everythingtreo last week, there are rumblings from inside the Sprint CSR machine (so take this with a massive grain of NaCl), that the Pre could be going for $150 with a new 2 year contract, or $549 off contract. The latter pricing seems a bit more realistic than the on contract price, but at this point anything could be possible. It is worth noting that pricing rumors for the Instinct bounced around $150-$200 before finally settling on $179 just before launch

Personally, I find it a bit unrealistic to expect the Pre to sell for LESS than the non-smartphone Instinct launch price (and for those keeping score at home, this would also make the Pre cheaper than the HTC Touch Pro and Diamond, Blackberry 8830, and the Moto i920 and i615), but with a turbulent economy, and both companies looking to make a splash, $150 could be possible. However, based on traditional launch prices, I'd expect the Pre to go for $179-$199 on contract, with a potential 16 GB version going for $250-$300. Needless to say, it'll probably be cheaper than what these guys are peddling it for via pre-sale. How about y'all? Any guesses as to the launch price?

(Thanks to William for the tip!)

 

 

 

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