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Dan Hesse on the Pre release date (Hint: He doesn't tell us)

by Jonathan Downer Wed, 25 Feb 2009 9:41 pm EST

RCR Wireless News has recently sat down with Sprint/Nextel CEO Dan Hesse for an extensive Q&A session. The majority of the questions are focused on Hesse's plans to bring Sprint around and improve its position in the mobile world, but they managed to slip in a couple of Pre questions for us as well:

RCR: Speaking of handset selection, let’s talk about the Palm Pre. How long will Sprint Nextel have exclusivity on the new device?

Hesse: We haven’t commented on how long the exclusivity period lasts. Palm and Sprint have agreed that we won’t comment on that.

RCR: Is there a scheduled release date?

Hesse: We haven’t announced that. The plan of both companies is to have it on the market in the first half of the year. Obviously when you’re bringing out a new device with this level of sophistication and functionality there’s a lot of work required. The guys at Palm are working 24/7 and we’re working 24/7 to bring it out as soon as we can, but we’re not going to bring it out until we’re really confident that the launch is going to be really successful in terms of how it operates. Of course to be able to produce the devices we want to make sure that there’s enough. Clearly it’s going to be a device that’s going to be in high demand and it is going to be in shortage no matter when we launch it, but we don’t want it to be too early where there’s only a handful of Pres in the whole country. We want to make sure that we can also have production ramped up at a reasonable level before we launch the product. There are a lot of variables that go into when we’re going to launch it. But both Sprint and Palm are very focused on launching as soon as we can and our target is to launch in the first half. There are also no price details yet."

Based on Hesse's remarks, it sounds like the big hold up at this stage could be production related, of course that could also just be me reading into it (I'm a confessed conspiracy theorist...). Either way, Sprint and Palm are still mum when it comes to defining a release date, and if you ask us, the longer they wait, the more impatient people are going to become (and the more attractive those iPhones and Blackberry Storms begin to look). Hopefully they'll be able to give us some information pretty soon, but until then, our guess is as good as yours.

So what do y'all think? Crafty question dodging, or hidden answers? Let us know!

(Thanks to forum member TreoKing for the tip!)