Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Palm Pre At Best Buy For $200 Up Front

Palm PreEverybody loves seeing new things at a great price. Take the Palm Pre for instance. Sprint is offering it at a decent price of $200. But wait! There is a catch. In order to receive this price you have to pay $300 and send in a $100 rebate. Rebate!? Yes everybody hates rebates. Waiting and waiting for your money to come in the mail is a pain and nobody wants to do it. But what if I told you that you could get the rebate price without sending in the rebate? Would you believe me? Well it is most certainly true.

Best Buy is selling the Palm Pre on launch day, June 6th, for the rebate price of $200. Now in order to get the rebate from Sprint, or the rebate price from Best Buy you have to commit to a two-year agreement, which is basically a standard requirement for discounts on U.S. smartphones.

But I wouldn't recommend waiting around to get a Palm Pre however. Sprint is warning that they expect the demand of the Palm Pre to exceed the supply immediately after launch. "We don't intend to advertise it heavily early on because we think we are going to have shortages for awhile."

If you don't know anything about the Pre, here is a small overview. The Pre itself will replace Palm OS with Palm's new webOS. WebOS is a multi-tasking operating system with the ability to wirelessly sync a huge variety of of data through online servers like Facebook and Google. The device has a 3.1 inch multi-touch-capable display as well as a sliding keyboard. It has 8GB of on-board storage with 7GB available to the user. The Pre also comes with a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi b/g, GPS, and Bluetooth 2.1.

The U.S. version of the Pre will only be available with Sprint. Sprint plans on incorporating into the Pre their mobile broadband service EV-DO Rev. A, Sprint TV, and Sprint Navigation. The Canadian version of the Pre will be provided on the Bell Mobility carrier and will be released later this year. In Europe and Latin America, the Pre is expected before 2010 and will have the 3G standard HSDPA.

If you are looking to buy the Palm Pre, you are definitley getting your moneys worth. I would advise buying it at Best Buy. While you still get the same price from Sprint, at Best Buy you don't have to hassle with the mail-in rebate. Get it quick, because the Palm Pre is expected to be sold out quick.

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