Palm Pre Set For June 6th Release

The date has finally been set, June 6th is the day when you can pick up the supposed iPhone killer, the Palm Pre on Sprint. The phone will cost $199 after $100 mail-in rebate and a 2-year contract. It also sounds like you won’t have to wait in line at the Sprint store to get one as a lot of stores should be selling them (Best Buy, etc). Does anyone really think this is going to eat into the iPhone’s marketshare? I know one of my friends is excited about it but only because he has Sprint already and doesn’t want to switch over to AT&T due to the lackluster network. He actually would have an iPhone if it weren’t for AT&T so the Pre is his next best option while staying with Sprint. I think this is how a lot of the people that end up purchasing this phone are thinking. They have nothing against the iPhone and would probably buy one, but they are not with AT&T and have no problem with Sprint. 

So I don’t think we’re going to see a lot of people moving from other networks over to Sprint just for the Pre, but I do think a lot of people that are already on Sprint and don’t “need” a Blackberry, are going to be picking up the Pre. I won’t make judgement on the phone until I can actually play with one for myself, hopefully I’ll be one of the lucky few that get picked for the “real reviewers” program, but that’s highly unlikely. 

So I’m just curious, is anyone switching networks just to pick up a Pre on the 6th? Or if you have Sprint already are you excited about this? Are you going to switch phones immediately?