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PALM Pre to Launch in Europe with O2 and Moviestar

Just got this in my email (Palm’s newsletter)

Palm webOS Phone to Arrive in UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain on Local Telefónica Networks.

WINDSOR, England, Jul 07, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) today announced that the Palm(R) Pre(TM) phone is scheduled to be available initially in the UK, Ireland and Germany exclusively on the O2 network, and in Spain exclusively on the Movistar network, in time for the holidays. Palm Pre, the first phone based on the new Palm webOS(TM) mobile platform, brings your information from the many places it resides – on your phone, at work or on the web – into one simple, integrated view.(1)

“Europe continues to be an important region for Palm, and we’re proud to work with O2 and Movistar to spread the excitement Palm Pre has already ignited in North America,” said Jon Rubinstein, Palm chairman and chief executive officer. “Since we showed Palm Pre at Mobile World Congress in February, there’s been a great deal of anticipation for an announcement about European availability, and that day is here.”

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Let’s see if we will see a new high again.

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PALM : Sprint to sell Palm Pre at US$199.99 with 2 year plan

The official news is out.

Sprint will sell it on June 6 at 199.99 with a 2 year plan.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Sprint-to-sell-Palm-Pre-for-rb-15288226.html?.v=4

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PALM Pre Released Date

Just a speculation on my part.

It is getting closer the Palm Pre’s launch expected to be in May-June.

More traders are getting edgy as the indices are starting to reverse, and Palm still has not announced or show an actual Palm Pre for sale.

Here’s my little bet.

1. Apple’s WDC is scheduled on June 8 to June 12.

2. If I am Palm’s CEO, Pre will need to be given a few days lead time before June 8. So, that brings us to the Week of June 1 to June 7.

3.  I will discount June 6 and June 7 as it is too near to WDC.

4. For the weekdays, Thursday has always been a day where new movies are shown (at least this is true from where I am based).  So, my bet is June 4 launch of Palm Pre.

5. Assuming that Palm Pre is launch of June 4, then there will need to be publicity and official announcement for the launch date.

6. Give it another 1-2 weeks. And I think we should be hearing some form of announcement next week (May 17 – May 23)  about the launch date.

So, what do you think?

A possible announcement on May 21 and a possible launch date on June 4.