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Oct272009

AT&T hoping to get the Palm Pre before Verizon?

According to the a tipster over at Precentral, Palm showed off a GSM Palm Pre working on AT&T's 3G network. There's a chance AT&T might pick up the Palm Pre before Verizon. Let's take a quick look at the facts and rumors to see if we can puzzle this together.

Verizon has been rumored to get the Pre since before the Pre's release date mainly due to the Verizon CEO saying they will be selling phones like the Storm 2 and the Palm Pre by the end of the year. Ralph Del La Vega, AT&T's CEO, then followed up the very next day saying, AT&T will be carrying the Palm Pre by the end of the year. So we have both carriers lusting for this new device. Then as time goes on the rumors for Verizon fly as we hear more and more about them possibly getting the Palm Pre. At first it made the most sense that the Pre would end up on Verizon. Reason? Verizon is a CDMA network exactly like Sprint, Verizon is known for its lack of quality smartphones, and because AT&T already has the iPhone. What we didn't think about is the fact that Verizon could be working with Google and may be perfectly happy with an Android offering. Verizon and Google announced their partnership and how they were going to focus on putting out great Android devices with an open take on things. Then we have AT&T.

AT&T is hanging on to iPhone exclusivity by a thread. The GSM carrier is rumored to lose exclusivity in the coming months, making the Palm Pre the perfect rebound device for them. We saw screenshots of the rumored EOS before the Pixi was announced on an AT&T advertising pane, we have Verizon rumored to get it in the first quarter of 2010, and now we have rumors of AT&T possibly getting the Pre in January, which could mean a U.S. GSM Version before Verizon's version. No matter how you look at it, it seems like the Palm Pre is still a phone worth having a rumor fight over. So whether it is Verizon or AT&T who gets it, lets just hope it happens fast.

[Via Precentral]

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Reader Comments (2)

The more major carriers offering the Pre the better. :-)

I like this positive competition. (Where the focus is not on Palm, who does have to compete with other phones, but focus on the carriers, where different carriers fight to get a Palm device out first.)

And just as you said. The earlier the better (for Palm).

Greetings from Switzerland
Rolf

October 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrgloor

wow.....awesome.....now after leaving AT&T because their 3gs did not impress me, I'm going to be coming back to get a second pre so I can use it abroad (only downfall to sprint). Thank you God.

November 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAJ

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