It looks like Sprint is angling to iron out a deal with electronics retailer Best Buy to be retail sales location for Palm’s newest smartphone, the Pre, when it goes live later this year. Information news website Bloomberg.com writes:
“Sprint Nextel Corp., the money-losing U.S. wireless carrier, is in talks with Best Buy Co. to sell Palm Inc.’s Pre once the phone makes its debut this year, potentially putting the device in more than 1,000 stores.
“I’m really excited that they’re back in the game,” Score said of Palm in an interview. “We’re working with Sprint on that, but no official announcement as of yet.”
Palm plans to introduce the Pre, which uses its new WebOS operating software, in the first half of 2009. Sprint spokeswoman Michelle Mermelstein said the company hasn’t confirmed any decisions about its retail partners and declined to give further details on pricing or the date of the release. Palm spokeswoman Leslie Letts didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. “
In a separate rumor, it is said that Palm’s latest Windows Mobile smartphone, the Treo Pro, could be coming to Sprint as soon as February 15.