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Palm C40, Sprint's version of the Pre 2, is found alive and in usable form

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Palm C40, Sprint's version of the Pre 2, is found alive and in usable form
Wow! It’s amazing how quickly certain devices can be removed from memory, but in the case of webOS in general, it has quickly faded into oblivion – albeit, there’s still a decent community giving the platform some life. Interestingly enough, we’re just hearing about a device that was intended to be Sprint bound, but it never came to fruition.

If you look at the images below folks, you might be surprised to see a Palm Pre 2-ish device, but if you meticulously look closer, you’ll recognize that the handset is running on Sprint’s network. Yes people, it’s none other than the Palm C40, which is essentially Sprint’s version of the Palm Pre 2. Actually, the unit in the images is none other than a prototype and was bought from a Palm employee by the team over at WebOSNation.

From the sound of it all, there were no workaround required in getting the smartphone activated and working on Sprint’s network. And on top of that, it seems to be handling webOS 2.2.4 without any major glitches or problems. Rummaging through the handset, it’s quite evident that this was on its way to Sprint, seeing there are some Sprint apps preloaded on it as well.

However, as we all know by now, this handset didn’t make it to the end of the tunnel, but for now, it’s nothing more than a testament of what could’ve been.

source: WebOSNation via Engadget

Palm C40, Sprint's version of the Pre 2, is found alive and in usable form
Palm C40, Sprint's version of the Pre 2, is found alive and in usable form
Palm C40, Sprint's version of the Pre 2, is found alive and in usable form
Palm C40, Sprint's version of the Pre 2, is found alive and in usable form

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posted on 08 Jun 2012, 11:00 3

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1217; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


and sprint was smart not to release it

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 11:01 1

2. thedarkside (Posts: 651; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


gross.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 11:11 2

3. mercorp (Posts: 955; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Webos was great,but hp sadly screwed it up with leo.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 11:30 3

4. thedarkside (Posts: 651; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


no palm wasnt great and palm ruined it themselves.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 15:43 1

7. Commentator (Posts: 2186; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


The Verge recently posted a fantastic article on the rise and fall of Palm and webOS. It's definitely worth the read.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/5/3062611/palm-webos-hp-inside-story-pre-postmortem

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 12:27 1

5. Sangeet (Posts: 225; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Feels like the same is going to happen with the Blackberry in the near future..!!
But let's hope not for this

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 12:34 2

6. salic (Posts: 24; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


WebOS was great, but the build quality of the original Pre was a trainwreck... Customers hated that phone, Sprint was right not to release the sequel unfortunately.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 16:45 1

8. snowgator (Posts: 3160; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Wow, did I enjoy my Palm Pre Plus while I had it. Yes, the hardware was a bit of a train wreck, but boy did WebOS make for an enjoyable experience. The funny part is the most loyal Palm customers were on Sprint, even as small eve of a community as it was.

What a waste.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 23:44 3

9. TooMuchWOW (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


For it's time the Palm Pre.. Atleast was ahead of it's time. Someone dropped the ball. Webos ahead of it's time.

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