If you’re a Canadian who’s been lusting after a Palm Pre, I have some news for you. Bell via a press release announced that the smartphone would be available on August 27th:
Bell today announced that the new Palm(R) Pre(TM) phone will be exclusively available in Canada at Bell Mobility retail locations on August 27. Due to unprecedented demand, Bell also announced that Canadians can reserve one of the highly anticipated phones by pre-ordering now at bell.ca/pre, at Bell stores or at selected Bell retail partners.
If I wanted one of these phones, I’d go the pre-order route as it is likely to be popular. And as for pricing:
The Palm Pre will cost as little as $199.95 on a three-year contract or $599.95 without a contract with a minimum 500 MB data plan. Bell smartphone clients can choose from a wide variety of voice and data plans, including Smartphone Combos that offer unlimited Internet browsing, personal email, text messaging and Windows Live Messenger.
While this is interesting, what I would really be interested in is a GSM version of the Pre. Oh yeah, that’s only available in Europe. Too bad. You won’t see me in line for one of these anytime soon.