See, The Palm Pre Can Be Offered For Free

from the was-it-such-a-ridiculous-suggestion? dept

A little over a month ago, I suggested that Sprint and Palm were making a big mistake in not offering the Palm Pre for free (more specifically, saying that Sprint should subsidize the full price). I don't think I can recall a post where more people told me I was so totally wrong. People insisted it was the dumbest idea ever, and that it would harm the brand value of the Pre, while costing Sprint way too much money. Yet, I still stand by that claim. Sprint doesn't make money selling the phone, it makes it by getting people to sign up for at least two years of Palm Pre service -- which is on the higher end of the service scale. The Pre is not as good as the iPhone, and did very little to really stand out from the competition. So the way to get around that is to offer the device for free.

At least some people seem to agree.

The device is now being offered in the UK... exactly as I suggested: free with a two year contract. At the same time, through some tricky step following, you can actually get the device for free in the US as well. I don't see how that takes away from the prestige of the device at all. If anything, it's only going to help make it easier for some people to at least try it out as a phone.

Of course, my other big complaint with the Palm Pre -- its weak developer support still stands. Famed developer Jamie Zawinski just wrote about his absolutely ridiculous experience trying to get two simple apps available on Palm Pre phones. It's taken months, and they're still not available, even though he wants to make them available for free. Instead, as with the iPhone, the "approval" process of getting apps into the app store are positively ridiculous. I had been seriously considering getting a Palm Pre (in fact, a few months ago, I was positive I was going to get one), but without real developer support, it's just not worth it. I'll wait until a decent Android phone is available instead.

Filed Under: palm pre, pricing
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    Guacamole Pal, 1 Oct 2009 @ 2:42am

    So can you wake me when Pré/WinMobile/Android/Nokia/Sidekick or AssMunch has some marketshare?

    Until then, there's an app for anything, like food, even a desire for "burrito-boils", as it was described by an early Chipotle adopter (this is, gee, 1998 timeframe) from the UCHSC. The med student said that the "Bolis is a big thing you must concur or you die."

    So the bolis awaits at the store near you, and yes, it may be a bit beyond than you would normally drive, but prepared, and waiting for you while you're in a damned meeting.

    My only wish was that guacamole was 75¢ again. Oh how times have changed.

    But seriously, check it out. The app, which undoubtedly provides Neil MacBride with satisfaction has, and is available for iPhones and iPod touches alike. (Sorry Palm Prés.. I don't know how to invite you to this party.)

    App is available by clicking here:

    Now if I could only get Chipotle to give me some free food or get my boy Mike Ho some "Employee of The Month" treatment. That would be nice.

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