The Palm Pre will be exclusive to Sprint for a weirdly short six months, after which the handset will show up on Verizon, according to CEO Lowell McAdam. They'll also get the Storm 2 at about the same time.
That the new BlackBerry Storm will be a Verizon phone isn't surprising, since they carried the first one. The six month outer limit for an arrival date also isn't that surprising, since we've seen early pictures of the device.
The big new here is obviously the Pre, which, although heralded mostly as a savior for a wounded Palm Inc, could also be a boon to an also-ailing Sprint. From Reuters:
Sprint shares were down 18 cents at $US4.89 in late morning trade on the New York Stock Exchange while Palm shares were up $US1.15 at $US11.68 on Nasdaq.
Well, that about sums it up. [Reuters]