By now, most of you know that Palm and
The Pre's price was one of the key pieces of information missing when I did a basic(with OS 3.0) back in March but now that we have it, I thought it'd be a good time to revisit the topic and do a comparison of the data plans and overall cost to the customer. After all, as important as the features are to the user, I'd argue that people are just as concerned about getting the best value for their money.
A couple of months ago, my colleague
Clearly, Palm and Sprint didn't listen, but that said, I think the price is fair. Yes, the mail-in rebate is annoying, but $199.99 is reasonable for what you're getting and with its line with the competition. Also, I have to disagree with David on one point and say that Sprint offers a more enticing data plan, in my opinion.
Let's compare. Just as an example, an individual Sprint Everything Data Plan starts at $69.99 for 450 minutes and unlimited text messages and unlimited data, including the carrier's various services, such as Sprint Navigation and Sprint TV, which are both supported on the Pre.
On the other hand,
Will that be enough to win over customers from other carriers? Well, that remains to be seen but like the
Of course, the question remains whether the Palm Pre will actually live up to all the hype in terms of functionality and performance and continue to grow sales over the months. As we've said in the past, as much as Palm needs the Pre, the smartphone is just as important to Sprint, which has trailed the other carriers in iconic devices.