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Best Buy to "Trial Launch" the Palm Pre on June 7th, at $199 for new customers?

Finally, some new Palm Pre rumors, we can never get enough of it! According to a ninja reporting to BGR, Best Buy will be getting a low inventory of Pre's for a trial launch on June 7th. Boxes containing only about 4,500 Pre's will be shipped directly from Sprint to Best Buy Mobile locations across the country on June 6th(Get ready for some camping wearing plate). In addition to the "trial" launch date, the ninja spilled some "still being discussed" pricing too: $199.99 for new Sprint customers (2 year contract), $299.99 for existing customers upgrading, $999 off-contract...which I suspect it to just be a placeholder.

Update: This is not true according to InsiderSprint.

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Reader Comments (10)

that's crap so us existing customers have to pay 100 bucks more!?

May 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjuan

I agree. They should be rewarding existing customers.

May 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Yea, and premier customers will get charged an extra $100 too - thanks for being loyal we appreciate you so much we will take anther $100 from you!

May 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjojo

I don't think this is entirely bad. Say you just bought a centro 5 months ago, well you've still got nineteen months to go on that contract. So instead of closing out your existing contract and paying an EFT and the cost of a new contract ($200+$199.99=$400 apprx), you save about $100 out of the entire process. This is obvious I know, but it may be that it is the best way to address customers who are in an existing contract, but want a discount on a new Pre. I will admit, I sort of lucked out since I'm a premier costumer and I bought my centro around 1 june last year, I should be able to get $150 off the $299. I hear the anger, but do you all have a better way to close out existing contracts, other than having Sprint eat the entire cost? Plus you pay the $299, presumably without increasing your current contract, which is always a good thing. Maybe I'm demented, but I think it makes sense.

May 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterq

existing customers always pay more, that's the reality of the market place. Take a lot of money win a new customer, not as much to keep him. And I think the last comment is based on a misunderstanding. Maybe sprint is different, but with ATT and the big V 'existing customer' means any customer who already has an account with Sprint, is eligible for upgrade pricing (with att you need to be 18 mo into a 24 mo contract) AND be willing to extend for an additional 2 years. Anyone?

May 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArgentinosaurus

@ Arg I think you are correct I looked at my plan and an existing customer would probably end up paying $299 AND signing a new contract, at least that's how it works with the premier costumer plan. I apologize if I caused a misunderstanding. I think its still a fair deal though, as we both noted.

I think the premier costumer program Sprint has is cool. Essentially every 12 months you get $150 off a new phone if you extend for an additional two years.

May 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterq

I will quit Sprint and get a HTC Pro2

May 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbob

Why must palm go with sprint? Please end this horrible relationship and get the best phones out on better carriers faster.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSoubrause

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