I’ve heard from multiple MBA students that having a smart phone is a great (practically essential) way of managing the deluge of activities, meetings, etc, that occur on a day-to-day basis at grad school. Shortly after I matriculated at Kellogg, I began scouring the internet for information on smart phones, hoping to decide on one before heading out for Evanston in August. My goal was to stay with Sprint if possible, which pretty much limited me to Blackberrys. I did look at the Iphone, but I didn’t think it was worth the cost of entry. Then, much to my delight, I heard about the Palm Pre, with Web OS and cards multi-tasking, which would be coming to Sprint.

Unless initial reviews looked bad, I planned on picking one up sometime in mid-July, but maybe I won’t have to wait that long. I just applied for the Palm Real Reviewer program. If selected, you get a free Palm Pre with six months of service to use and write about. So, if anyone else out there is thinking of picking up a smart phone for grad school, maybe you can get one for free, on Palm.