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Sprint closing early on June 5th to gear up for Pre launch; open early on the 6th?

Zach Epstein
May 19th, 2009 at 12:24 PM

We all know the launch of the Palm Pre will be unlike any other at Sprint. It will launch on a Saturday instead of the typical Sprint Sunday launch, giving the carrier one full weekend to move units before Apple’s big announcement the following Monday. Thanks to one of our ninjas, we now know the carrier is apparently making some nationwide changes to Sprint Store operating hours as well. Firstly, our ninja says stores will be closing early at 4:00pm on Friday, June 5th. Employees will likely have to stick around for a while to set up Pre displays and whatever else Sprint plans to deck out retail locations with. Then on Saturday, Pre launch day, stores should be open bright and early at 8:00am and employees will be ready and waiting to trade you a shiny new Pre in exchange for $299.99 plus taxes ($100 comes back via MIR). So — anyone planning to line up early or do you think Pre hype is just that, and buyers can take their time getting over to local shops?

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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