Take this with as much salt as a delicious freshly baked pretzel, but according to an alleged beta tester of the Palm Pre, the highly anticipated device will be released on April 30th for $299.99 with a two-year contract. The source of the information, Jim Van, works for Logicomm; an IT company based out of Rhode Island. Now, we know a lot of people are going to be excited about this, but we remain very, very skeptical. A few things working against the source: 1) He would certainly be under NDA from both Palm and Sprint forbidding him from discussing the product in private, let alone public. 2) Why would a beta tester have been told pricing and release date? 3) Then there’s the fact that no real and conclusive evidence is given, of course. We’d love to be wrong and have the Pre drop on us as early as possible but at this point in time, we’re still leaning towards late May/early June launch as we’ve stated in the past. Of course pushing it up to late April would be as great for Palm as it is unlikely — the more space between the Pre launch and the new iPhone announcement, the better.
Read (Jim Van has since made his Twitter account private)