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Palm Pre out in Q2, 256MB RAM confirmed

Once again, Boy Genius has gotten hold on some insider info. This time it's the internal Sprint Roadmap. P100, apparently the code name for Palm Pre, will be offered in Q2 of 09. That's between April and June -- so you can forget about a late release for the month of March. What we also got is the confirmation of the Pre with 256MB RAM, which is double of what the iPhone 3G has, 128MB RAM. In addition, the Pre will use a 1150 mAh battery like the Centro. Everything else is pretty much old news. 

[via BGR]


iPhone 3.0 to have Pre-like features, copy and paste and...

Kevin Rose has a good track record when it comes to Apple rumors. Last night during a live Diggnation show at SXSW in Austin, he excites iPhone users with crumbs of what's to come in iPhone OS 3.0. What we got from Kev so far is copy and paste and features that "bring it up to speed with the Palm Pre stuff". What we know for sure is that it can't do full multitasking with its current hardware. In addition, no MMS, no Video and no Background Apps -- at least for 3.0. Will iPhone 3.0 have synergy, pre-thinking technology, notification bar or universal search? Maybe, maybe not. Could this be good or bad news for Palm? We won't know for sure until the 17th. Video after the break.

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Palm Pre: Pricing Plans Confirmed

Some fresh juice was squeezed out of the Webinar today. And that is the Pricing Plan for the Palm Pre. In addition, the Pre is still on track and will be offered in the first half of 2009. 

Individuals can choose from:

  • $99 Simply Everything
  • $89 Unlimited Data + 900 minutes
  • $69 Unlimited data + 450 minutes

Families can choose from:

  • $129.99 Unlimited Data + 1500 minutes
  • $169.99 Unlimited Data + 3000 minutes
  • $189.99 Unlimited plans

And business customers can choose to pool their minutes.

It looks like Sprint doesn't want people to sign up for cheaper, voice-only plans to avoid extra charges. You know -- the Pre is running on webOS.


Telefonica grips Palm Pre in Spain and Latin America

It was reported by several Spanlish media that Telefónica's Movistar will exclusively offer the Palm Pre in Spain, UK and Latin America. In addition, they'll also be the ones to exclusively market the Pre in UK by it's subsidiary brand, O2. No release date here either, just "before summer". You can catch the full article at newspaper Expansion(Translated).


Very First Palm Pre Banner Ads

Palm and Sprint are beginning to ramp up marketing for the Palm Pre now that the release date is only months or possibly days away. With the Pre visiting shows like 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon', the Pre is definitely reaching some broad TV audiences. And now -- Sprint is starting their ad campaign with Pre's own banner ad which can be seen on engadget right now and possibly other sites. To top it all off, Colleen Bullington from Palm has said on a FaceBook discussion that they're shooting a video for The Pre, which will be used as a marketing piece at launch. All this sounds like the Pre is coming soon...very soon.

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Palm Pre appears on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 

Jimmy Fallon promised fans to bring tech stuff, gadgets to the show. Last night, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' got a visit by Engadget Editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky. And he brought a magical device (Pre) with him to the show. And basically Josh showed off some already known cool features of the pre along with the TouchStone.

Nothing new about the Pre was told, but Josh did say that the phone is not finished. What's important is that the Pre is finally getting some publicity from a broader audience. Now lets get the Pre on the Colbertnation.


10 Clarifications and Corrections on what McNamee said (From Palm)

Palm has pushed out a SEC filling regarding what Roger McNamee said on the Bloomberg TV interview that happened a few days ago. You know, how McNamme said that all iPhone 2G users will not go back once their contract with AT&T ends, that the Palm Pre is a million times faster than the iPhone and how Palm Pre will basically be the next Jesus phone. And apparently, Palm wants to clarify and correct on those statements. Go figure...

Get the full details including thetranscriptof the interview here.

Clarifications and Corrections

For purposes of clarification, it should be noted that:

1. Although market share estimates such as those in the fourth paragraph of the transcript that "Blackberry's global market share is about 1.2%, and Apple's is about 0.9 of 1%" are, by their nature, approximations, one third party industry analyst report indicates that in 2007 and 2008, Blackberry's share of worldwide mobile phone shipments was 1.1% and 1.9%, respectively, and Apple's was 0.3% and 1.2%, respectively.

2. With respect to the statement in the fourth paragraph of the transcript that "in the US, smart phones went from 10% to 20% just in the last year," one third party industry analyst report indicates that smart phones made up 11.1% of U.S. mobile phone shipments in 2007 and 19.5% in 2008.

3. With respect to the statement in the fourth paragraph of the transcript that smartphones are anticipated to increase their share of the U.S. mobile phone market to "50% within 5 years," one third party industry analyst report estimates smartphone share of the U.S. mobile phone market will reach 42.0% in 2012.

4. With respect to the statement in the fourth paragraph of the transcript that "this is a huge market: 1.2 billion units sold per year," one third party industry analyst report estimates worldwide mobile phone shipments exceeded 1.2 billion in 2008.

5. With respect to the statements in the tenth paragraph of the transcript that the Palm Pre is "going to be a million times – well, not a million times – several times faster" than Apple, Inc.'s iPhone products and is "going to run rings around them on the web," the Palm Pre is still under development and it is premature to state the speed at which the device accesses the web or the relative speed of the Palm Pre compared to the smartphone products of competitors.

6. With respect to the statements in the twelfth paragraph of the transcript that "there are aspects of the Pre that are unlike any phone you've every seen before," "the Pre is the first one that is the next generation" and "the result is it does a lot of things the others guys don't do," the Palm Pre is designed to be the first phone based on the Palm webOS™ platform and as a result will have different operating characteristics and features than other phones, however; the Palm Pre is still under development and it is premature to compare its full functionality with that of other phones.

7. The statements in the fourteenth paragraph of the transcript regarding the relative development and stability of Sprint's, Verizon's and AT&T's 3G networks are generalizations regarding wireless cellular network performance that may or may not be true depending on a variety of factors specific to geographic regions .

8. The statement in the second paragraph of the article that "not one" person who bought an Apple, Inc. iPhone on the first shipment date "will still be using an iPhone a month" after the two-year anniversary of that day is an exaggerated prediction of consumer behavior pattern and is withdrawn.

9. With respect to the statements in the second to last paragraph of the article that "the underlying technology for Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry is about 13 years old, while the technology behind the iPhone goes back almost nine years," estimating one specific age for the many technology components underlying any mobile phone is inherently imprecise and these statements are withdrawn.

10. With respect to the implications in the second to last and last paragraphs of the article that Palm's new operating system will give it an edge over competitors that "are going to run out of gas way before" Palm, estimations of the relative useful lifespan of smartphone operating systems are conjecture, unverifiable at this time, and age is not necessarily predictive of their relative long-term success.

[Via PalmInfoCenter]


T3 Hot 100: Palm Pre

T3, a magazine based in Europe for tech and gadgets has released a list of 100 hottest gadgets on the planet right now. And you guess it, the Palm Pre came in at first place followed by sony x-series walkman. With the popular iPhone 3G coming in at 14 and the Android G1 at 33. Here's a snippet from T3:

"Everything about the Pre has been thought about, worked on and buffed to a sheen. Even the Touchstone charging panel – an accessory that wirelessly docks the Pre and refuels by contact alone – is exciting. As far as we’re concerned, the Pre is the hottest, most mouth-watering piece of gadgetry on the planet today.

Its UK launch can’t come soon enough."

Couldn't agree more.