Palm shareholders approve merger with HP?
This article contains unofficial information.
A forum poster over at Pre Central claims to have had a conversation with Palm VP of Investor Relations, Teri Klein. Based on speculation that Palm shareholders have approved the merger with Hewlett Packard, the following things are expected to take place. Palm's assets will join with HP's iPaq unit to form a smartphone manufacturing company that will be led by Palm's Jon Rubinstein. The deal is expected to close in the first week of July and there is plenty of excitement over at Palm for webOS 2.0 and new devices which are being developed. Palm's current lineup is selling slowly. Verizon ordered 1 million units at launch and has not re-ordered this quarter. The Palm executive also noted that AT&T's training with the Palm Pre and Pixi Plus was smoother than the training with Verizon reps. We're not so sure that this is why the webOS devices aren't selling too well at Big Red as the carrier's focus on Android would seem to be more a more accurate reason why the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus are collecting dust at Verizon.. Regardless, the combination of Palm and HP should be able to come up with a combination of software and hardware that will make the industry stand up and take notice.
1. Flip7 (Posts: 31; Member since: 27 Nov 2009)
Can't wait!!!! I'll keep my EVO til palm/HP can come out with a better device
2. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
"We're not so sure that this is why the webOS devices aren't selling too well at Big Red as the carrier's focus on Android would seem to be more a more accurate reason why the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus are collecting dust at Verizon." In that sentence is the reason why the PALM phones are not selling - ANDROID - the other, more bigger reason, is IPHONE, and yet, still, another reason is .....Blackberry.
3. ace1122 (Posts: 237; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)
iPhone...? Really? That doesn't make any sense at all. Palms aren't selling that well because their devices cannot compete with the android handsets within Verizons lineup. Period. What you are saying is like everyone that would buy a palm on verizon is changing their minds and getting the iphone instead on AT&T. Thats just stupid. If people are not buying other phones and just buying the iphone, then that would affect Verizon as a whole. Not just its profits on palm devices for verizon. And the article only mentions how palms devices aren't selling well on Verizon. Nothing about AT&T except that "AT&T's training with the Palm Pre and Pixi Plus was smoother than the training with Verizon reps." Whatever that even means.
4. Whateverman (Posts: 3262; Member since: 17 May 2009)
First Palm blames Sprint, saying the Pre would have done better if not for the 6 months exclusivity. Now it's VZW's fault as to why no one wants to buy your second rate phones. Training had nothing to do with it. You guys didn't make people want this phone, your marketing sucked. Check out this Pre commercial at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
=3Hk8IzdwYEA. And now check out this Droid commercial at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =o9fXYQjwR0w. Now which one peaks your interest more? Let's see if there are any other possible reasons for Palm's colossal failures. The Pre is a pebble shaped phone with a slid out keyboard with small keys, a small touch screen, no landscape keyboard, a 3 mp camera, lack luster UI, no expandable memory, launched with virtually nothing in the app catalog, and that's their flagship device. We won't even talk about the Pixi, the name alone was a joke! Maybe you should stop passing the buck and make a phone people would want to buy. Then market that phone the way Motorola and Apple marketed the Droid and the iPhone. I remember those commercials, they made people want to buy these phones. Let see what they say when the Pre doesn't sell on Att either.
5. pathmarkpolice (Posts: 102; Member since: 05 Feb 2009)
I think Palm could really carve a name for themselves with more devices like the Pixi and the Pre. Landscape qwerty's are not everyone's cup of tea, and both the Pixi and the Pre were sexy devices. The problem is...they're old and tired. If Palm outfits their phones with big ass batteries, and beefs up their specs, then I honestly think they could have a winner here. They could be known as workhorse phones that can get down with apps too and enjoy touch screen fun. That line between androids and blackberries. You can stay connected to the internet, and get your push email, with a phone that won't make you feel like a teenager or a stodgy businessman paying $30 for a data plan that just gets you instant email. Palm has a good shot at grabbing a nice piece of the market share. A Pixi (with a different name), all black, more high end materials and feel with a 5mp camera, a 1500mah battery, same size screen, just higher resolution and OLED, and at least 800 mhz processor would be a really intriguing phone for a lot of people. Palm could also have commercials of a bunch of uber phone users not having any battery life, or running to chargers to use features on their phone that Palm users have too. Palm...it works...and it plays. Palm: because it's YOUR cake, you should be able to eat it too. Or something like that.
6. breal525 (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 May 2010)
The new Palm devices are cool but the cameras and keyboards are small seems to me everyone wants 4 inch screens 5+ mega pixel cameras and lots of apps that's why they aren't selling. I agree with whateverman.
Palm shareholders approve merger with HP?