Have you been peering over the 49th parallel since June, eyeing your counterparts with Sprint who have been able to enjoy the touchscreen and slide-out QWERTY keyboard for over two months already? Well, my fellow Canadians, you can now join the webOS party, because Bell Mobility has officially released the Palm Pre smartphone.
I’m thinking that this release won’t bode well for the dated Palm Centro and Palm Treo Pro, but I’m thinking that Palm is perfectly happy with that scenario. We are much more excited about and interested in the Palm Pre anyway. The new weboS looks great and the overall slick design certainly makes this phone quite the looker.
So, how much of your hard-earned dough will you need to turn over to Bell to get your hands on a hot new Palm Pre? Latch onto a qualifying three-year service agreement and they’ll give you the phone for $199.95, the same price you’d pay for an equivalent iPhone 3GS through Rogers Wireless.
Maybe you’re not a fan of contracts and would prefer to buy this phone without any kind of contractual agreement? If that’s the case, be prepared to open up your wallet and send $599.95 in the direction of Bell. Interestingly, even if you choose to go month-to-month with Bell, they’re still requiring a data plan with a minimum 500MB bucket. A contract without a contract, I suppose.
Are you picking up a Palm Pre today? Has the extra two month wait made this phone old news?