updated 11:30 am EST, Fri January 9, 2009
Palm Pre GSM and Price
The Palm Pre is already poised to run on more widespread GSM networks but may be more costly regardless of network, according to separate reports. Company European sales VP Paul Ghent tells site Pocket-lint that while the initial version of the Pre is limited to CDMA, a version with at least GSM is enroute to the region for the second half of the year. No mention is made of UMTS or HSPA, though all new Palm GSM phones above the Centro have shipped with both 3G technologies in the past year.
More word of the adapted Pre should be available during the Mobile World Congress trade show in February, according to Ghent.
Separately, Palm may also charge a large amount for the phone when it goes on sale. A Russian blogger known for accurate reports of the now-canceled RAZR 3 is now floating a rumor that the Pre will go on sale for $399 at Sprint, giving a first possible clue regarding the phone's otherwise unannounced price. It's not known whether this is the contract or full retail price, though the writer also claims to know that the phone will sell free of any carrier in Europe for between $500 and $550.
The cellphone designer hasn't commented on this alleged leak but has taken a very different approach than its close competitor Apple to announcing its first full touchscreen phone, which is already being compared directly to the iPhone. Where Apple announced its pricing for the original iPhone over five months before its actual release, Palm has consciously avoided stating a price despite planning to ship its phone in the first half of 2009. The Centro and Treo maker is under pressure to at least match the iPhone 3G's $199 carrier-discounted price.