Much of the excitement in the mobile phone world over the last several months has focused on the iPhone that many expect to debut in June. The second most hyped mobile phone is the Palm Pre that was first seen at CES 2009 back in January. We have already talked up some of the early rumors in our first Pre rumor roundup. While it is far from a given that the iPhone will be launching in June, we do know the Pre is coming around that time.
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Recently rumors have popped up that have the iPhone not launching at WWDC in June, but at a separate event in June hosted by Steve Jobs. One of the latest rumors for the Palm Pre has the device getting a firm launch date on May 19th. We have already seen leaked shots of the Pre packaging, which shows a very rounded device.
The launch date for the Pre has to be close and lending validity to that notion is the fact that accessories for the Pre have already appeared in the Best Buy inventory. The accessories will hit the market alongside the phone itself. Certainly the most interesting of the accessories we know of is the TouchStone wireless charger that lets the Pre be charged by simply placing it on the TouchStone device.
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So far we know for sure that Sprint will offer the Pre in the US and Bell Mobility will offer it in Canada. The anticipated launch date for the Pre here in the US is June 7th, right around WWDC from Apple. With all the hype surround the Pre it had better be good or else it will be pummeled with bad reviews by the press and consumers. The device is expected to sell for $199.99 with a 2-year contract and unlocked the device will go for a cool $999, about $799 more than any unlocked phone is really worth.