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Palm Pre Release Date: May Not Be Until June?

by Dieter Bohn Mon, 23 Feb 2009 2:34 pm EST


While we knew all along (despite crazy hopes) that the February 15th release date was just a pipe dream, we were hoping the persistent rumors (now circulating on the Ides of March) meant that the "First half of 2009" target would mean something sooner than June.  Well, we're a little less hopeful today.  First up an anonymous report which we're not putting much stock in (yet) claims that testing is taking longer than expected due to some security issues.  More interestingly, in our forums we read that the Pre has two more rounds to testing to come, the first of these not slated to begin until April 1st. 

The upshot is that testing is still going on and despite how eager Sprint and Palm are to get the device out the door, they still need to do their due diligence and get it fully tested.  Both sources are suggesting that June might actually be the most realistic (though definitely not the most optimistic) target date.  Sadly, given Palm's history of shipping devices, the latter half of their "first half" estimate is the safe bet.