Palm Pre to Launch in Canada on Bell Mobility

It looks like the next “iPhone killer” is coming to Canada. Yesterday, Palm announced that they have partnered with Bell to debut their new Pre in Canada. They didn’t specify a date, but said it would be coming in the second half of 2009.

As announced on the Bell website:

“We’re excited to bring Pre to Canada with Bell Mobility,” said Brodie Keast, senior vice president of marketing for Palm, Inc. “We’ve seen enormous interest from mobile operators worldwide and fully expect to continue to expand distribution for Pre, putting it within reach of more and more customers.”

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My guess is that the Pre will be available in stores come July/August, in the heart of summer to compete with the rumored next-gen iPhone. We know that Bell has been working on their GSM networks, so that means when the Pre comes in a GSM format it will be supported as well.

Can the Palm Pre Bring Real Competition to the iPhone?

The Palm Pre has been over-hyped in my mind. Everyone is saying it’s the next “iPhone-killer” with it’s combination of a touchscreen and physical keyboard. Doesn’t this sound all too familiar though? Don’t you guys remember the Blackberry Storm? That turned out to be the ultimate dud! Don’t forget the Samsung Instinct and HTC Touch Diamond (yuck) too!

However, Palm has actually put some real effort into the Pre and it does look promising (heck, the majority of its team came over from Apple). But, until the phone is released into the real world I’m going to hold judgment.

Want the Palm Pre? Looks like You’ll Have to Switch to Bell…

As for Canadians pouncing on this, it looks like you’ll have to switch to Bell if you’re not an existing customer. That means it could be costly as most people on Rogers/Fido are on contracts, and canceling will cost you your newborn baby. It’ll also mean you will have to stay with Bell and CDMA. Enjoy traveling with your Pre! 🙂

It also means that you’ll most likely have to sign a 3 year contract with Bell, and expect to pay a subsidized price around the cost of an iPhone, $199. If it’s more than this, I don’t expect the Pre to outsell the iPhone. It might build a nice little niche market and regain previous users, but it won’t make a huge dent in smartphone sales.

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Also, there have been reports that Palm may limit the supply units of the Pre to sell out and build up some hype. Are you guys for real? If people looking for the latest smartphones can’t buy the Pre, they’re going to buy an iPhone (or even possibly…a Blackberry) or the next thing in stock. People don’t like to wait.

Why the Palm Pre Will Benefit iPhone Users

What I love about the launch of the Pre is this: competition. It’s been a long time coming that a new smartphone has built up enough real buzz to get Apple’s attention. With 3.0 firmware coming around the corner, I’m looking forward to that rather than the Pre, to be honest. Get ready to read tonnes of never ending Pre vs iPhone debates this summer!

Palm is rumored to launch the Pre the day before the WWDC 2009 conference. We should know by now to never count out Apple. If the next-gen iPhone is launched after that, say good bye to the Pre. With the combination of new iPhone hardware, OS 3.0, and the formidable App Store (which just surpassed 1 billion app downloads), the Pre doesn’t stand a chance.

Are you going to switch from the iPhone to Pre? Will the Pre survive?

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  • X1Zero

    What a horrible company, Bell, to partner with.
    They have the ugliest handsets and the Pre will stand out, but the plans are crap! Higher system access fees, 911 fees, etc.

    Plus, get into a Rogers Contract and your max cancelation is $500.
    Get in with Bell, max cancelation is not capped. So 35 month contract (first month you can cancel with no fee) runs you $700 + the data cancelation fee…whatever the price for that is!

    Ick!

  • X1Zero

    What a horrible company, Bell, to partner with.
    They have the ugliest handsets and the Pre will stand out, but the plans are crap! Higher system access fees, 911 fees, etc.

    Plus, get into a Rogers Contract and your max cancelation is $500.
    Get in with Bell, max cancelation is not capped. So 35 month contract (first month you can cancel with no fee) runs you $700 + the data cancelation fee…whatever the price for that is!

    Ick!

  • X1Zero

    What a horrible company, Bell, to partner with.
    They have the ugliest handsets and the Pre will stand out, but the plans are crap! Higher system access fees, 911 fees, etc.

    Plus, get into a Rogers Contract and your max cancelation is $500.
    Get in with Bell, max cancelation is not capped. So 35 month contract (first month you can cancel with no fee) runs you $700 + the data cancelation fee…whatever the price for that is!

    Ick!

  • X1Zero

    What a horrible company, Bell, to partner with.
    They have the ugliest handsets and the Pre will stand out, but the plans are crap! Higher system access fees, 911 fees, etc.

    Plus, get into a Rogers Contract and your max cancelation is $500.
    Get in with Bell, max cancelation is not capped. So 35 month contract (first month you can cancel with no fee) runs you $700 + the data cancelation fee…whatever the price for that is!

    Ick!

  • Harry

    Boo I hate bell, about a year and a half ago I “persuaded” my friend to take over my contract with Bell…she hates me and we’re not friends anymore….but I have an iPhone 3G, so you know…pick and choose ur battles.
    Anyway I hate rogers as well but hate bell even more (which I did not think was possible)

  • Harry

    Boo I hate bell, about a year and a half ago I “persuaded” my friend to take over my contract with Bell…she hates me and we’re not friends anymore….but I have an iPhone 3G, so you know…pick and choose ur battles.
    Anyway I hate rogers as well but hate bell even more (which I did not think was possible)

  • Harry

    Boo I hate bell, about a year and a half ago I “persuaded” my friend to take over my contract with Bell…she hates me and we’re not friends anymore….but I have an iPhone 3G, so you know…pick and choose ur battles.
    Anyway I hate rogers as well but hate bell even more (which I did not think was possible)

  • Harry

    Boo I hate bell, about a year and a half ago I “persuaded” my friend to take over my contract with Bell…she hates me and we’re not friends anymore….but I have an iPhone 3G, so you know…pick and choose ur battles.
    Anyway I hate rogers as well but hate bell even more (which I did not think was possible)

  • This is over before it begins…other companies don’t realize the true strength of the iPhone is the iTunes integration. No other phone can sync properly with the Mac, and since more and more Macs are flying off the shelves, despite the ‘economic crisis’, well the iPhone is going to do just fine.

    I welcome the competition though, keeps Apple working hard. I predict huge buggy firmware for the Pre, and lousy Apps.

  • This is over before it begins…other companies don’t realize the true strength of the iPhone is the iTunes integration. No other phone can sync properly with the Mac, and since more and more Macs are flying off the shelves, despite the ‘economic crisis’, well the iPhone is going to do just fine.

    I welcome the competition though, keeps Apple working hard. I predict huge buggy firmware for the Pre, and lousy Apps.

  • This is over before it begins…other companies don’t realize the true strength of the iPhone is the iTunes integration. No other phone can sync properly with the Mac, and since more and more Macs are flying off the shelves, despite the ‘economic crisis’, well the iPhone is going to do just fine.

    I welcome the competition though, keeps Apple working hard. I predict huge buggy firmware for the Pre, and lousy Apps.

  • This is over before it begins…other companies don’t realize the true strength of the iPhone is the iTunes integration. No other phone can sync properly with the Mac, and since more and more Macs are flying off the shelves, despite the ‘economic crisis’, well the iPhone is going to do just fine.

    I welcome the competition though, keeps Apple working hard. I predict huge buggy firmware for the Pre, and lousy Apps.

  • Guest

    Bring on the Palm Pre!

  • Guest

    Bring on the Palm Pre!

  • Guest

    Bring on the Palm Pre!

  • Dusty

    Bring on the Palm Pre!

  • bringer666

    Yeah, I’m looking forward to the Pre for the same reasons you stated. It’s good competition and will keep the iPhone moving forward. If they come out with the Pre before the iPhone can get their new phone out the door, they will have a good chance and probably nab quite a few Apple customers. If they fail to get it out in time, they will be done. Say goodbye to the Palm name, it will just be in the history books.
    It was a very smart ploy of Apple to show off the 3.0 update and keep the hype up before the Pre hits the market. This will keep most of the older 2G iPhone users in waiting mode until then to decide which one to move to.

  • bringer666

    Yeah, I’m looking forward to the Pre for the same reasons you stated. It’s good competition and will keep the iPhone moving forward. If they come out with the Pre before the iPhone can get their new phone out the door, they will have a good chance and probably nab quite a few Apple customers. If they fail to get it out in time, they will be done. Say goodbye to the Palm name, it will just be in the history books.
    It was a very smart ploy of Apple to show off the 3.0 update and keep the hype up before the Pre hits the market. This will keep most of the older 2G iPhone users in waiting mode until then to decide which one to move to.

  • bringer666

    Yeah, I’m looking forward to the Pre for the same reasons you stated. It’s good competition and will keep the iPhone moving forward. If they come out with the Pre before the iPhone can get their new phone out the door, they will have a good chance and probably nab quite a few Apple customers. If they fail to get it out in time, they will be done. Say goodbye to the Palm name, it will just be in the history books.
    It was a very smart ploy of Apple to show off the 3.0 update and keep the hype up before the Pre hits the market. This will keep most of the older 2G iPhone users in waiting mode until then to decide which one to move to.

  • bringer666

    Yeah, I’m looking forward to the Pre for the same reasons you stated. It’s good competition and will keep the iPhone moving forward. If they come out with the Pre before the iPhone can get their new phone out the door, they will have a good chance and probably nab quite a few Apple customers. If they fail to get it out in time, they will be done. Say goodbye to the Palm name, it will just be in the history books.
    It was a very smart ploy of Apple to show off the 3.0 update and keep the hype up before the Pre hits the market. This will keep most of the older 2G iPhone users in waiting mode until then to decide which one to move to.

  • mgfan

    X1Zero, all your info is wrong. Bell’s system access is 7.70, same as Rogers. Bell’s cancellation fee is capped @ 400, so even its actually lower than rogers. and their plans are pretty much EXACTLY the same, if not a bit cheaper than stupid rogers. i don’t like bell either but at least get your info right.

  • X1Zero, all your info is wrong. Bell’s system access is 7.70, same as Rogers. Bell’s cancellation fee is capped @ 400, so even its actually lower than rogers. and their plans are pretty much EXACTLY the same, if not a bit cheaper than stupid rogers. i don’t like bell either but at least get your info right.

  • X1Zero

    what province are you in

  • X1Zero

    what province are you in

  • X1Zero

    In BC, which is where this site is located:

    Bell: SAF $6.95, 911 fee $0.75 (which is the cheapest in any province in Canada. Goes up to $1.28 in NB. WHAT A JOKE!), ugly phones

    Rogers: SAF $6.95, 911 fee $0.50, hot phones, epic wins.

    Wake up.

  • X1Zero

    In BC, which is where this site is located:

    Bell: SAF $6.95, 911 fee $0.75 (which is the cheapest in any province in Canada. Goes up to $1.28 in NB. WHAT A JOKE!), ugly phones

    Rogers: SAF $6.95, 911 fee $0.50, hot phones, epic wins.

    Wake up.

  • In most of Western Canada where there is no Bell mobility service we can’t get a Pre? Nice one Palm!!

  • In most of Western Canada where there is no Bell mobility service we can’t get a Pre? Nice one Palm!!

  • Robert Perry

    pre?? frig that, how bout some news on the android phones coming to rogers june 2!!!

  • Robert Perry

    pre?? frig that, how bout some news on the android phones coming to rogers june 2!!!

  • Robert Perry

    pre?? frig that, how bout some news on the android phones coming to rogers june 2!!!

  • Robert Perry

    andriod!!! june 2!

  • Robert Perry

    andriod!!! june 2!

  • Robert Perry

    andriod!!! june 2!

  • jonk

    Bargaining Power:

    I have the 6 GB plan and when the new iPhone comes out this summer, I want to be able to simply extend, rather than sign a brand new, different contract and pay a bit more upfront to get the new phone.

    If Rogers isn’t willing to let me keep the plan and get the new iPhone, I’m hoping I can use this as bargaining power, and threaten to switch to bell for the Pre, which is much more compelling than say the Instinct ala last year. I want to keep my plan and don’t mind paying more upfront due to not being eligible for an upgrade and I do not want to be forced into a 1 GB plan. I need at least 2 GB monthly.

    Anyone else planning on trying this if need by as well?

  • jonk

    Bargaining Power:

    I have the 6 GB plan and when the new iPhone comes out this summer, I want to be able to simply extend, rather than sign a brand new, different contract and pay a bit more upfront to get the new phone.

    If Rogers isn’t willing to let me keep the plan and get the new iPhone, I’m hoping I can use this as bargaining power, and threaten to switch to bell for the Pre, which is much more compelling than say the Instinct ala last year. I want to keep my plan and don’t mind paying more upfront due to not being eligible for an upgrade and I do not want to be forced into a 1 GB plan. I need at least 2 GB monthly.

    Anyone else planning on trying this if need by as well?

  • jonk

    Bargaining Power:

    I have the 6 GB plan and when the new iPhone comes out this summer, I want to be able to simply extend, rather than sign a brand new, different contract and pay a bit more upfront to get the new phone.

    If Rogers isn’t willing to let me keep the plan and get the new iPhone, I’m hoping I can use this as bargaining power, and threaten to switch to bell for the Pre, which is much more compelling than say the Instinct ala last year. I want to keep my plan and don’t mind paying more upfront due to not being eligible for an upgrade and I do not want to be forced into a 1 GB plan. I need at least 2 GB monthly.

    Anyone else planning on trying this if need by as well?

  • Richard

    I thought Belus was going HSPA… Not GSM… So they can go LTE easier. But if the Pre is exclusive to Bell well that will suck for Telus customers

  • Richard

    I thought Belus was going HSPA… Not GSM… So they can go LTE easier. But if the Pre is exclusive to Bell well that will suck for Telus customers

  • Richard

    I thought Belus was going HSPA… Not GSM… So they can go LTE easier. But if the Pre is exclusive to Bell well that will suck for Telus customers

  • athletesrun

    pre is such an ugly ass phone come on anybody who picks it over the iPhone is cheap! And Bell sucks worst plan ever and doesn’t have any connection!

  • athletesrun

    pre is such an ugly ass phone come on anybody who picks it over the iPhone is cheap! And Bell sucks worst plan ever and doesn’t have any connection!

  • athletesrun

    pre is such an ugly ass phone come on anybody who picks it over the iPhone is cheap! And Bell sucks worst plan ever and doesn’t have any connection!

  • Don

    I am very luck. I got a iPhone on no contract with Rogers so I can choose when Pre and Android are available in Canada.

    I quite like the iPhone and while I don’t relish changing phone companies I do hate Apple controling what I can an cannot do on my phone. Some of my favorite Palm apps are either crippled (Slingplayer, Agendus) due to iphone or app store restrictions) or banned outright because iPhone is only for children (general book readers because the Kama Sutra is a book, and heaven forbid a port of Palma Sutra).

  • Don

    I am very luck. I got a iPhone on no contract with Rogers so I can choose when Pre and Android are available in Canada.

    I quite like the iPhone and while I don’t relish changing phone companies I do hate Apple controling what I can an cannot do on my phone. Some of my favorite Palm apps are either crippled (Slingplayer, Agendus) due to iphone or app store restrictions) or banned outright because iPhone is only for children (general book readers because the Kama Sutra is a book, and heaven forbid a port of Palma Sutra).

  • Don

    I am very luck. I got a iPhone on no contract with Rogers so I can choose when Pre and Android are available in Canada.

    I quite like the iPhone and while I don’t relish changing phone companies I do hate Apple controling what I can an cannot do on my phone. Some of my favorite Palm apps are either crippled (Slingplayer, Agendus) due to iphone or app store restrictions) or banned outright because iPhone is only for children (general book readers because the Kama Sutra is a book, and heaven forbid a port of Palma Sutra).

  • Brooke

    I own a Palm Pre, and it is nothing but a piece if CRAP! Constant Problems!

  • Brooke

    I own a Palm Pre, and it is nothing but a piece if CRAP! Constant Problems!