It's still not clear when the highly anticipated Palm Pre smartphone will ship or how much it'll cost, but at least we know a bit more about its wireless plans. During Tuesday's promotional Webcast for the so-called iPhone killer, Sprint and Palm dribbled out a few additional Pre factoids, but they were mum on the phone's ship date. As it stands, the Pre should appear in the first half of this year.
· Individuals can choose from 450-minute ($69.99), 900-minute ($89.99) or unlimited plans ($99.99).
· Families can choose from 1500 minutes ($129.99), 3000 minutes ($169.99) or unlimited plans ($189.99).
· Business customers will be able to pool their minutes using 5 (or so) plans.
At first glance, the Pre's plans appear competitive, and the unlimited-use options should prove popular with heavy web users. Sprint has been very aggressive lately with its all-you-can-use deals; its Boost Mobile subsidiary even offers a $50 plan with unlimited voice, messaging, and text.
Unfortunately, beyond the price-plan specifics, the Sprint/Palm webcast was mostly a big tease. In addition to the murky ship date, the world wants to know what the handset will cost, and whether the Pre will live up to its pre-release hype. If Sprint and Palm stick to their original ship date, we should know soon enough.