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Sprint throws a punch at the iPhone and AT&T

Here we have an ad from Sprint that's directed at early 1st gen iPhone adaptors. Bringing out the fact that the Pre can run "multiple applications" and save you $1200 in the long run, that's if you drop your 1st gen iPhone and come over to Sprint for the Pre. A smart move by Sprint and indeed "perfect timing". 

Sprint made the first move, now let's see how Apple/Att reacts to this.

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I'm surprised that Sprint hasn't jumped on the trade-in advantage they have over the Jesus phone. Get a Pre (which requires on of their Everything plans) and you are eligible for a full upgrade discount after only 12 months! If I remember right, AT&T is 24 months?....
Upgraded Pre or hot WebOS device comes out next year? You don't have to arm wrestle the carrier for a discount.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEd Roberts

hahahaha thats hilarious

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternimit7

It's about time! I've been a Sprint customer for the years and was salivating when I heard the Pre was being release on Sprint, but I couldn't understand why I didn't see any major buzz from Sprint or Palm hailing the Pre as the next big thing. Every 10 minutes I was would see an iPhone commercial before the iPhone was actually released. I think someone in the marketing department for Sprint finally gets it, they have to let people know their service is better (in their eyes) than their competitors. Still waiting for a commercial from Sprint that talks directly to the Pre.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSMOJr

the Palm Pre is poop and i LOL @ anyone who wasted their $$ picking this phone up.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwhocares

They need to do some Pre vs. iPhone commercials in the same style as Mac vs. PC - that would be pretty funny, and they could do multiple commercials with all of pre's advantages!

Palm Pre App Review

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick Ashley

I have both phones. An iPhone and a Palm Pre ( I am a loyal Sprint Customer)! The Palm Pre did not get my attention because it was a PALM which I could not stand But when I started do the research, I loved the Palm Pre. Synergy works great! If they could just do it for my picture and music Library I would be all set. The iPhone has some nice apps but that is about it. Since I am an IT professional, I know apps will come for the Palm Pre.

So which is better... The Palm Pre wins and will truly be my favorite once they support an MiniSD card. I am waiting for a nice 2gb mem phone with 16gb miniSD card. Sprint get off your butts and show people all the cool things about the Pre. Heck.... SPRINT LISTEN HERE!!!! Have the users create a video and pony out a contest for best Pre commercial. It will make a ton if you make people vote on it.

LOYAL Customer. (don't get me wrong the iphone is a nice device...)

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSteven


June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAppo

This is like sticking your penis into a beehive.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDale

Owning an iPhone 3G on ATTWS and a Storm on VZW, the Pre looks like it might replace the Storm sometime soon. I'll wait for a hardware revision of the Pre and a few months of OS revisions, and my take is that Palm isn't targeting the right group of PDA users - they should be after RIM...

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris

RE: whocares

Never been within 12 feet of a working Pre, have you? I have one. Staying with ATT was the waste of $$ I avoided. Guess who's laughing all the way to the bank now? (and listening to rocking tunes, accessing Twitter, Facebook, calendar and email all at once while I go)

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterA.P.

Will Apple respond? Sure. But although they have plenty to brag about w. the iphone, they don't have any big, hipper-than-thou knocks on the Pre.

I like the ad because it's understated, to-the-point (as opposed to wall-to-wall wink-and-nod insinuation), and NOT aping anything Apple has done before. Kind of like the Pre itself.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbiwah

In the spirit of transparency, I'm a total iPhone Fanboy... but I must admit... Pre looks really sweet. I do believe, however, like Elvis impersonators... although imitation is flattering... the imitation doesn't quite live up to the original.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Yep. They can all make comparisons. But they can't make iPhones.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercamyeoerfraefrance

No phone will ever be the iphone killer. No matter what happens or what comes out it is the device that changed the game and set the standards. Everyone is attempting to duplicate it or beat it, It will never be done, you'll never have your first but one time. IPHONE is the first so while others try. Their can be only one.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTony

I am confused as to why they go for the iPhone. The Pre currently simply isn't an iPhone killer, not with the small screen and the limited storage. But there is lots of opportunities for it in an expanding smart phone market especially when Nokia and WM seem vulnerable.

The anti-Apple campaign will only alienate people who are keen on the iPhone and will make it look like a cheaper wannabe. It'll probably please some people who hate the Apple and who weren't gonna buy the iPhone anyway.

Palm hasn't got money to waste on adverts that only please their fanboys.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKen Fegore

I'm surprised there's not a class-action lawsuit from Palm Pre, and other Sprint customers regarding Sprint's misleading advertising about their 4G network. Sprint's ads imply that their 4G WiMAX network coverage is widely available, and that the first generation Pre (which only supports EVDO Rev. A, and 802.11b/g) will be able to take advantage of WiMAX speeds. The marketing is so bad that retail sales reps are telling customers that the Pre will work on 4G—true—but neglecting to point out that they won't experience 4G speed.

I'm a Sprint customer who looks forward to the option of upgrading to a WiMAX USB modem when coverage is deployed throughout Silicon Valley (hopefully) sometime next year based on Sprint's public announcements. However, the iPhone 3G S is a better upgrade for existing iPhone customers, especially now that AT&T has extended their new customer subsidy to most people. I recommend the Pre only if you're stuck with Sprint exclusively. Sprint is rolling out the BlackBerry Tour if you are a crackberry addict ;) or need a smartphone that can be used on networks outside of the U.S.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbtn

Why do people talk about Palm copying Apple? People need to know Palm has been around for quite a while and rocked the smartphone (and PDA!) scene long before Apple. Granted, Apple could have been the "first" with it's Newton PDA, but that was a disaster and then Palm came and made a Palm Pilot, which took off. The rest is history...

Sure, Pre's UI slickness and overall visual appeal, comparing with Palm's older devices definitely has more in common with iPhone than any Palm device. But that's mostly aesthetics. And this isn't the whole product. Palm has done so much more with the webOS and surpassed Apple with it that will really show only with time.

Besides, if we're talking about "copying", we could talk about Apple "copying" Palm, but that's not going to get us anywhere because there's no true innovation or truly new ideas.

From my point of view, Palm Pre isn't attractive because it's somewhere in the same league as the iPhone. It's because it's better in functionality I care about. What I expect from Palm Pre is to continue serving me *smartly* (and then even better) as my Treo has been serving for so long. Actually, I regret to a point my next device (I still can't get a Pre, living in Europe) will be so popular. Where I live I've enjoyed the status of being different by being one of the rare owners of a Palm Treo.

At the end, both companies are innovators. Although I like Palm more due to Apple's way of doing business, let's enjoy the battle for the supremacy. We are the ones who will profit from it.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDom

I went to check out the Pre the day it came out. I must admit it looked nice and was stylish, but The iPhone has raised my expectations which the Pre isn't capable of matching. The touch screen on the Pre was NOT like the iPhone. It was very unpleasent to use. The way it slides open is a recipe for problems and breakage. With its design, clearly Palm is targeting Blackberry/RIM. But the iPhone is the game changer - a true computer in your hand device that Palm has never been able to fully implement. I used to carry around a Palm III. I got bored with it and stopped using it. There are over 50,000 apps for the iPhone. Apple sold over a million of the new 3Gs on opening weekend. The iPhone has inertia that I don't think Palm will get with the Pre.

June 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Until Palm releases a real SDK for the Pre -- something that can tap into relevant software technologies like OpenGL -- I don't see the Pre as a threat to the iPhone at all. Blackberry maybe, but not iPhone.

June 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

I agree with Dale - " This is like sticking your penis into a beehive."

why r you pushing Apple to send out iTunes update that will kill itunes sync. pretty lame when palm execs demoed the device - their main show off was itunes sync LOL & now they r throwing punches at apple lol

on a side note - this device is nice when put against other stuff on the market but no way matches the iPhone - small screen extra small keyboard. . . not to mention the Big Price Tag - This phone looks awefully girly i returned it the day i got it.

June 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoker

Yum. Like I really want to bite into a Crap Sandwich. Pass the honey mustard, please.

June 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertoetag

Apple will react by laughing themselves silly and not giving a shit.

June 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerry

Sprint can throw the kitchen sink at AT&T and it wouldn't matter. The iPhone's red hot and no half-baked featureless imitator is going to stop its momentum.

June 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlrd

Wow, Dom.... are you misinformed or just delusional??

People need to know Palm has been around for quite a while and rocked
the smartphone (and PDA!) scene long before Apple

the Apple Newton created the PDA platform, the term was actually coined by Apple.

June 29, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjsmithson

Too bad the Palm Desktop software will not work with my new Vista 64bit OS! Strike 2 against Pre...

July 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJason

This debate is ridiculous. i considered getting both of these phones but after reading through all this bullshit, i've come to the conclusion that if everyone is making this much of a spectacle over a damn phone....its ridiculous! "the iphone is the best!" "the palm pre is smarter!" WHO GIVES A DAMN?? snobs snobs snobs. "it looks girly" what the hell? "it looked girly, i returned it the day i got it.." "the iphone has WAY more applications..." oh you mean the apps. like the ridiculous hot japanese girl app.??? its stupid. the iphone was blown way out of proportion because apple knew if you put enough stupid flashy shit on a phone and made it fast, everyone would grab it to be the coolest kid on the block with a "super fast iphone." apple just figured out a way to make more money off idiotic pretentious people. it makes me sick.

September 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdisgusted bystander

The pre sucks ass.I bought that stupid phone the day it came out and have had nothing but problems with it.I phone is way better,over 75 thousands apps,Sprint has maybe 100.If Sprint was smart they would try and get a I phone on their network.

November 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTommy

Um, I have a RIM, love it for what it does, hate it for what it doesn't do.
Both my kids got an ipod touch for christmas...
I played with them...
I fell in love.
Unfortunately, I'm locked into Sprint.
I have had only a few small problems with them, but you get what you pay for.
I DO NOT want to carry a touch AND a phone.
Sprint, get up off your asses and make it possible or you will lose me.
Apple has ALWAYS owned PC as far as graphics and looks, guess what...
we WANT shit that looks sexy... AND works.
So iPhone it is... Sprint, your days are numbered if you don't please a large portion of your users.

PS, PRE isn't the answer...

It's NOT an iPhone.

January 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterskunkmonkey

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