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Palm Pre beta tester on Twitter, says release date is 4/30

As I was questing for new Palm Pre news, I stumbled upon this interesting tweet from Jim Van, CEO of Logiccom. In his own words:

"Got Pre to work on Twitter, but it's a tad cludgy..."

It was a bit confusing at first so I took a peek at his recent tweets. It turns out that, apparently, he and a bunch of others are doing some beta testing for the Palm Pre. And today would be the 2nd day, since he first got his testing model.

According to his tweets:

  • They're doing the "final testing" for the Pre. Could this mean that it's ready?
  • Release date to be 4/30!
  • Pre seems 2 work so well w/ Facebook. Can't seem to get it 2 play w/ Twitter yet.
  • Battery's going strong after 8 hours of mixed use
  • They do testing for Sprint and WiMax phones
  • He got the Pre on 3/26

If what he's saying is true, that the Pre is in its "final testing" phase, then this may well prove that it will be out before the next iPhone does. And as for his release date of 4/30, it would work if Palm and Sprint ramp up marketing efforts before the end of April. Of course this could all be made up, until he posts some Palm Pre UI pictures, as promised.

[LogicommInc (Jim Van) on Twitter]

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Reader Comments (10)

this looks legit! not 100% till i see pics

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter452484

not legit. I've done betas and this guy would be violating disclosure contract -- big time. Beta stuff gets leaked but people who do it do it VERY anonymously. He has made zero comments on specifics, (ram avaialbe after boot, versions numbers, etc) and has only said things that you could read on engadget three months ago.
Claism that price will be $299 (extrodinarily high) after discounts are as well as crazy early date of april 30 are very suspect.

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertft

This guy is Bullshit...

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Dude

Not 100% until I get one in my sweaty little hands.

March 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmil J Lesner

REAL release date is JUNE 1st.

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBill xsg

He is full of crap

March 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

First week in May.Bank on it

April 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersprint exec

Just spoke to a good friend of mines who work for Sprint. He just confirmed an April 30th release date. ITS ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!

April 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Wouldbe

I gotta call bullshit on Mr. Wouldbe, may 17th seems much more plausible. I don't think sprint will be be preped by april 30

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKen

My $0.02 ... April 30 will be when the Palm/Sprint marketing machine will begin churning. Small effort at first, growing as release nears. May 17 will be when the phone is released, perhaps only at Best Buy. Note that Sunday date jives with Best Boy's normal marketing schedule (Sunday ads). The late-June date might be when Sprint outlets can begin selling the phone if Best Buy does, indeed, get exclusivity for a period of time.

April 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike

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