Palm Pre Launch Set: June 6, $199

The long-awaited Palm Pre will be available on Jpicture-7une 6 for $199 at Sprint retail stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, select Wal-Mart stores and on You have to sign up for a two-year contract that includes a data plan.

I was a long-time Palm user, but switched to an iPhone about two years ago. I still have fond memories of my Palm III, Palm V and various Treos, but the Palm operating system was showing its age. The Pre is the most exciting Palm handheld I’ve ever seeen and a something that I’d love to own.

I’m not about to pick one up though because it’d be cost prohibitive and I don’t really need a third 3G device. Despite its shortcomings, I really enjoy my iPhone 3G and can’t wait to see what Apple has in store next month. I don’t think Apple will be waiting on the sidelines come June 9. I paid several hundred dollars to break free of our Sprint contracts to when the iPhone came out and almost everyone in my extended family has either has an iPhone or another smart device on AT&T’s network.

What are your thoughts on the Palm Pre? Are you going to pick one up?