Documents submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by Palm suggest that the GSM version of Palm Pre might go on sale in the US around the 10th of May.
This has been revealed by members at the PreCentral forums who have compared the dates published on the FCC documents with actual launch dates for several of Palm’s earlier launches including the original Palm Pre, Pixi and Pixi Plus.
Palm Pre launched in the US on the Sprint network back in June 2009 and has since then launched variants like the Pre Plus in both America as well as in Europe.
Palm Pre on AT&T could be a boost for the GSM carrier whose exclusive deal with the iPhone is expected to end later this year. You might remember that Ma Bell had promised during CES 2010 to carry WebOS devices by the “first half of 2010“.
Folks at UberGizmo are reporting rumors about the price of Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus. According to their source, Palm Pre Plus will come at $149.99 after a mail-in rebate and a contract while Pixi Plus will come cheaper at $99.99.
The prices seem to be reflective of their features and is pretty likely. But note that this is still a rumor and so take it with a grain of salt. The official prices are expected to be revealed on January 25th.
True or not, we will know by then.
Location sharing is one of the buzzwords of late and companies are realizing the opportunity in this field. One of the leading developers of smartphones, Palm could soon be launching their own location sharing feature among users.
In a patent published recently by the US Patent and Trademark Office, Palm has sought to introduce a feature that will push notifications to the users’ mobile phones whenever one of their friends too happen to be in the same location. In the patent, the inventors write
“A mobile computing device comprises a user input device, an output device, a memory configured to store data and a processing circuit. The processing circuit is configured to receive user input from the user input device indicative of a request to associate the stored data with a second mobile computing device, to receive an indication that the second mobile computing device is proximate to the mobile computing device, and to provide a notification to the user via the output device based on the indication.“
This sounds very much like Google Latitude. What do you think of this new upcoming feature? Do you see interest in the device picking up because of this? Tell us in the comments.