After a confusing incident in which Sprint withdrew a $100 Palm Pre rebate within a few hours of posting it online, Palm announces that it will cut the price of the Pre smartphone by $50. The price cut follows the debut of the slimmer Palm Pixi smartphone on Sept. 9.
How much does the Palm
actually cost these days?
A day after Sprint
Nextel offered and then withdrew a $100 rebate offer for the Pre
announced that it would trim $50 off the price of its signature smartphone. The
Palm offer coincides with the Sept. 9 release of the compact Palm
Pixi smartphone, which runs the company's new WebOS software.
Unlike Sprint, which shoehorned its short-lived rebate into the Pre section
of its Website, Palm announced its Pre
price cut on the official Palm blog.
Right now, the Pre with a Sprint
contract retails for $199, but the $50 price cut from Palm brings the total
cost down to $149. The deal still requires a two-year contract with Sprint.
"And here's some good news about the older sibling in the family: You
can now purchase a Palm Pre from Sprint
as low as $149.99 with contract,
the post on the Palm blog said.
In order to get the Pre for the $149 price, customers have to get the $150
instant rebate when they purchase the smartphone and then wait for the $100
mail-in rebate, according to Palm
There had been rumors about a Palm Pre price cut before the launch of the
Pixi. Those stories appeared to come to fruition Sept. 8, when Sprint
announced a special $100 rebate through the month of October.
about 6 hours after the deal appeared on its Website, Sprint took down the
offer and a spokesperson told the Dow Jones News Service that the offer had
been made in error.
When the Pre went on sale in June, the new smartphone won a number of
accolades from the industry as Palm moved to re-enter the smartphone market
that has been dominated by players such as Apple with its iPhone and Research
In Motion with its BlackBerry line. In addition, the company offered the Palm
WebOS as a move to address its lack of solid mobile software in the face of
competition from Google
the iPhone OS and Microsoft
However, the Pre has not helped Sprint that much. During its latest
financial results, Sprint
posted a loss despite calling the launch of the Palm Pre the carrier's best
In the meantime, Palm continues to look toward business customers and the
consumer market. The Palm Pixi is scheduled for release before the holiday
shopping season; no price is available yet.
The Palm Pixi and its WebOS offer a number of features geared more for consumers
than business users. For example, in addition to linking user information from
Google, Facebook and Exchange ActiveSync, the Pixi adds Yahoo and LinkedIn
integration to Palm Synergy and assembles it all in a single view.