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More Palm Pre Features Revealed

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Over the past couple of days there has been a conference in San Fransisco run by the Wall Street Journal called D7 (you can find out more bout D7 here). This conference brings out some of the top tech players like Microsoft, RIM (makers of the BlackBerry’s), and Palm, and while usually it is just “CEO talk” about their thoughts on the tech market and such, sometimes, these CEOs reveal info on new products. The other day, Palm was one of those companies, releasing a whole bunch of new info on the previously very secretive Pre.

As we know the Palm Pre is coming next week, and there are still a bunch of features hidden. So when Palm CEO John Rubinstein (ironically initially from Apple and the guy who helped create the iPod) took the stage today, he obviously demo-ed some new features. Firstly, he elaborated upon the structure of the Pre’s App Catalog (the Pre’s version of the App Store), and then he proceeded to announce a most shocking and exciting piece of information: as part of the Palm Media Sync, the Pre will sync with iTunes! Yup, it’s completely compatible with the popular Apple music player, in part allowing you to sync your iTunes library (as long as the purchased iTunes music is non-DRM, which applies to all music bought recently off iTunes- read more about it in our previous post) to your Pre as you would an iPod, whether your iTunes is on Windows or Mac. Yeah, we got a feeling Apple can’t be too pleased about this. Just check out this snapshot:

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Palm Pre syncing with iTunes, notice it even has an iPod icon next to it in the devices list! (Pic from Engadget)

For a video of Palm’s demonstration see here, and for a full press release of the new features see here.

In other Pre news, while Sprint will be launching the phone, Verizon AND AT&T have both said they want the Pre, and are said to be getting it by the end of the year (Verizon’s CEO, for example, said that the Pre and the BlackBerry Storm 2 — which we’ll get to in another post — will be coming within 6 months!). Palm wouldn’t confirm this, as not to jeopardize their relationship with Sprint and the launch of the Pre next week, but this is definitely great news for AT&T and Verizon customers, and definitely not the news Sprint wants to be hearing right now.

Still no word on 4G on the Sprint Pre, though we should  find out though if that rumor is true when the Pre comes out next week.

Anyway, what are your thoughts? You like iTunes and Pre working together- will this sway you to get a Pre as it is now even more iPhone like? What do you think Apple’s reaction will be to all this? And with news of AT&T and Verizon getting Pre (or Pre-like devices, like the Eos rumored for AT&T), if you were leaning toward buying the Pre on Sprint are you now inclined to hold off? We are interested in your opinions, so sound off in the comments.

Palm Pre Launch Date and Price Official

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Well, after months and months of waiting, Palm and Sprint have finally announced today the availability of their savior phone– the Palm Pre.

The details? Launch is on Saturday June 6th (which just so happens to be 2 days before Apple’s WWDC conference where they are rumored to bring out a new iPhone– that should be fun) and will cost $199 with a 2 year contract and after an $100 mail in rebate. Unlike by the iPhone and iPhone 3G– where you could only buy the phone from either Apple or AT&T — Palm and Sprint will be selling this at a bunch of locations including their own Palm and Sprint stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, and even a few Wal-Mart stores, which means there are plenty of places for you to find one (oh, and definetly go to Best Buy first– they’re selling the phone for just $199.99, with no $100 mail in rebate needed. This is much better and easier than the other stores where you’ll need to pay $299.99 in the store and then send in the mail in rebate, wait a couple of weeks, and then get the $100 back).

For info of the Pre’s specs, or to see why we’re so pumped about this phone, see our previous post here.

The cool, Touchstone dock for the Pre– which lets you just place the phone on a little magnetic circle to charge instead of plugging in a cable, will also be available on the 6th for $69.99 and will come with the $49.99 dock and a $19.99 back for the Pre that allows the magnets to connect (the standard back of the Pre won’t work with the magnets, so you would need to swap it for this one).

Otherwise nothing else new on their part– like an announcement on if it will have 4G– but at least we know when we can pick one up.

You can find the full press release here.

4G Coming to Sprint's Palm Pre?

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Palm Pre– getting 4G?

I was at Best Buy the other day, and Iwas talking with a Best Buy Mobile (Best Buy’s cell phone department) guy. We talked about a lot of upcoming phones, and he shared with me something about the Palm Pre which, if true, would be absolutely awesome– think something that can really kill the iPhone! This news is really big if true, so big that we’re devoting a seperate post to it instead of putting it in the Upcoming Sprint phones post we wrote! Read on for all the details! Read the rest of this entry

4G Coming to Sprint’s Palm Pre?

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Palm Pre– getting 4G?

I was at Best Buy the other day, and Iwas talking with a Best Buy Mobile (Best Buy’s cell phone department) guy. We talked about a lot of upcoming phones, and he shared with me something about the Palm Pre which, if true, would be absolutely awesome– think something that can really kill the iPhone! This news is really big if true, so big that we’re devoting a seperate post to it instead of putting it in the Upcoming Sprint phones post we wrote! Read on for all the details! Read the rest of this entry

6 New and Upcoming Sprint Phones

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We’ve covered Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, so now its time for those on Sprint find out about 5 new phones soon to be or already available.

The big guy here is the Palm Pre, anticipated Sprint’s top phone this year, as well as one of ’09 top phones overall. If the Pre ain’t your thing though, Sprint is offering several other exciting phones, seemingly the best lineup of all the carriers we’ve covered this year. So…. read on!

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