June Bride: The Release Date For The Palm Pre Is…

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June 6, according to Sprint's announcment today (May 19).  The phone will retail for US$199.99 (after a US$100.00 mail-in rebate), and will be available in Best Buy, Radio Shack, and select Wal-Mart stores, as well as Sprint brick-and-mortar outlets and Sprint.com.

You'll be expected to spring for the traditional two-year contract and either the Everything Data plan or Business Essentials with Messaging and Data plan (both US$70.00/month and up).  Still, Sprint argues these plans will save Pre early adaptors up to $1,430 over two years vs. comparable AT&T and Verizon plans for smartphones and PDAs.

Interestingly, the release date is both a Saturday (attention, shoppers!), but also two days before Apple's WWDC, at which announcements regarding the next-gen iPhone are strongly rumored.

[Via BusinessWire, with additional content via Gizmodo]

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