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Inventory at Best Buy to be Especially Thin at Launch?

by Jennifer Chappell Fri, 29 May 2009 1:52 pm EDT

As Dieter mentioned Tuesday when he reported that the Pre will be released on June 6th, it'll be at Best Buy stores along with Sprint Stores, RadioShack, and Wal-Mart. And Derek let us know that Sprint CEO Dan Hesse told shareholders at an investors conference on Tuesday that there will probably be a shortage of Pres for awhile.

Boy Genius Report got word from their ninjas that there will only be about 4,250 Palm Pres available for Best Buy stores on launch day on June 6th. And since there are around 1,000 Best Buy locations that'll be selling the Pre, that leaves around 4 Pres per store.

The latest rumor is that Best Buy Mobile’s own Pre launch guide lays out a two-stage launch: Phase 1 will be from June to July where inventory will be extremely low and marketing will be minimal, and Phase 2 will be in late July or early August when the inventory of the Pre is expected to increase.

It also appears that RadioShack will have thin inventory as well, BGR guesses 721 stores with about 2 Pres per store.

Update: Looks like Best Buy is also giving away Palm Pre Phones.