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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Potrzebie. A more Gallic-friendly description of Palm’s rumored pricing comes courtesy of Unwired View:
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.