Palm Pre Expected to Be Cheaper to Operate than the iPhone

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by: Eric Savitz

While it remains to be seen if consumers will think the Palm (PALM) Pre is the equal of the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone, there is evidence fees paid to Sprint (NYSE:S) for the Pre will be lower than what iPhone users pay AT&T (NYSE:T).

Here’s a comparison of the costs, as compiled by

  • Handset: Sprint, $199 after rebate; AT&T, $199.
  • Unlimited data and voice: Sprint, $100 a month. AT&T, $150 a month.
  • 450 voice minutes plus unlimited data: Sprint, $69.99 a month. AT&T, $112.49.
  • 900 voice minutes: Sprint, $89.99. AT&T, $109.99.
  • Family plan, 2 phones: Sprint, $129.99 for 2 Pre phones, plus $19.99 for additional lines. AT&T, $129.99 to cover 2 iPhones, plus $39.99 for added lines.
  • 3000 shares minutes: Sprint, $169.99. AT&T, 209.99.
  • Unlimited family plan (2 phones): Sprint, $189.99, plus $89.99 for additional lines. AT&T, $259.99, plus $129.99 for additional lines.