The great day has arrived and Palm Pre is now finally available through Sprint for $199.99 with a 2 year contract, or for $549.99 free of commitment. Of course the queues and impatient public made the Pre inventory get depleted pretty fast, so it’s very unlikely that you’ll find any units now.
Some of the stores will be getting new ones tomorrow, while the Los Angeles Sprint stores will receive new Palm units next week. In New York, the launch event came with a party, the Premier event, allowing a couple of lucky folks to buy the new Palm handset. For others it was all rain and waiting, to get their hands on Pre.
We remind you that the touchscreen smartphone comes with a stereo headset, standard Li-Ion battery, AC charger, USB cable and a pouch. You’ll also be able to buy the Touchstone charging dock and the Touchstone case separately, for $49.99 and $19.99 respectively. Palm Pre is the manufacturer’s first full touchscreen smartphone, packing a sliding QWERTY keyboard and the brand new webOS.
The main advantage of the new platform is Palm Synergy, a feature that include s all contacts, calendars and messaging features in a single menu. There’s also an universal search feature included in webOS, incorporating the Google search, Google Maps, Wikipedia and Twitter. Pre will soon be available in Canada and it’ll hit Europe and Australia in the following months.
[via Engadget Mobile]