updated 11:25 am EDT, Mon May 25, 2009
Palm Pre Leaked Guide
A leak of Sprint's guide to the Palm Pre for business late yesterday has revealed key details about the launch of the smartphone, including Sprint's attitude towards both the iPhone and T-Mobile G1. In its comparison unearthed by Engadget, the carrier touts less direct features as an advantage, including the built-in camera flash, a hardware keyboard and the Synergy feature that merges multiple contacts and calendars. Sprint also boasts the least expensive unlimited service with a $100 plan compared to the $150 for an iPhone on AT&T and $125 for T-Mobile.
The side-by-side makes tenuous claims to advantages such as access to live TV, which is potentially available through some iPhone apps, as well as its special NASCAR app.
Simultaneously, the guide presents a mixed view of the Pre's suitability to business. Although Sprint notes that the phone will support multiple Microsoft Exchange push accounts, remote wipe and built-in Office document viewing, the company warns equally that any company with specific app or policy needs should likely avoid the Pre in favor of a Treo Pro.
Supporting the comparison are relatively new details of the Palm Pre's launch. While its Saturday June 6th launch will be uncharacteristic, it now also plans to hold VIP launch events a day earlier at 10 flagship retail stores that will open sales early to celebrities and other invitation-only guests. An executive breakfast is planned for that same morning, and celebrities will also have access at a Hollywood event on the 3rd.
The Pre is crucial to both Palm and Sprint not just as a centerpiece but as a means of recovering losses in market share and financial health, some of which has been lost specifically to the iPhone.