Earlier in the month when Palm announced the second webOS smartphone, the Palm Pixi, the company immediately slashed the Palm Pre price to $149.99. Great. But now Amazon is carrying the Palm Pre for $99.99 and Walmart has it for an even lower $79.99. If you’re planning to wait for the Pixi, then disregard the rest of this article. But if you’re planning on taking advantage of one of the Palm pre deals, there are a few things you should be aware of.
First of all, Sprint’s price for the Palm Pre is currently $150 after a $100 mail-in rebate and with the signing of a 2-year contract. Amazon’s price skips the mail-in rebate and still includes the 2-year contract. The Walmart deal is a little bit tricky. First of all, the $80 price is only applicable after sending in a $100 mail-in rebate. Furthermore, you can only mail in the rebate after you’ve been using the phone for 4 months, as it requires to be attached, your up-to-date fourth month Sprint bill. Both the Amazon and Walmart deals require buyers to be a new Sprint customer.
The Walmart deal sounds like a giant pain in the arse to me. If you don’t want to wait for the Palm Pixi to launch later this year, your best Palm Pre deal bet is found at Amazon.