Though the January date continues to be the popular rumor of choice in regards to a firm date, Verizon did shed light on the future availability of the Palm Pre during their quarterly earnings call, stating that the popular device will be available "early next year." Vague words like that are no surprise in the wireless industry, where everything is kept under lock and key until (a) someone leaks it or (b) days before it launches. No word on Verizon's definition of "early" in relation to an actual launch date, but hey, at least it's better than the "first half" moniker that Sprint adopted during...well, the first half of the year.
The biggest place where Verizon could fail, you ask? Relying on their own app store instead of allowing their partners to utilize existing app stores. We know you're the largest US carrier, Verizon, but we wouldn't recommend it.