According to Russian site Mobile Review, Palm's incredible Pre handset will be sold for under $200... if you're willing to sign a two year contract. I believe this is the relevant part:
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The earlier quoted $399 price for Palm Pre was actually for a handset without contract on Sprint. And it is only one of the possible price points Palm is contemplating. Another one is $499 for a phone without contract. So when Palm Pre starts shipping on Sprint in summer of 2009, the actual pricing should be either $399/$149 or $499/$199 for no-contract/2-year contract Pre. However, the final decision will be based on the competitive landscape, when the next gen iPhone and Storm devices will make their appearances around that time.I am just loving the Pre, and these sorts of rumors aren't doing anything to dampen my spirits: if Palm and Sprint can undercut the price of the iPhone, Apple's got a lot of reason to worry... and contractless Pres are only reason to celebrate from a consumerist perspective. You are just spiking this one, Palm.