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Sprint not getting HP Pre 3

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Sprint not getting HP Pre 3
Wow, how things change quickly. When the original Palm Pre was launched in June 2009, it was seen as the beginning of a major turnaround not just for Palm, but also for Sprint. After all, the carrier had just announced a $1.6 billion loss. The webOS powered phone was supposed to challenge the Apple iPhone and even knock it down a peg. Things didn't go as planned, of course, and now that HP is about to release the Pre 3, it looks like Sprint will not be offering the device.

A trusted source for This is my next says that the HP Pre 3 will not be joining the Sprint lineup and HP is not working on any other product for the nation's third largest carrier. And actually, Sprint might not even care. The original Pre was a major disappointment for them despite setting a record at the time, for first day and first weekend sales. Even with the 6 month exclusive that the carrier had, Sprint soon became enamored with Google's open source OS and the recent launch of the HTC EVO 3D reconfirms Sprint's focus on Android.

Those Sprint customers who are hooked on webOS are going to have to switch carriers if they plan on moving up to the new Pre 3. And there are many reasons why current Pre owner should want to update to the new model. From the larger 3.6 inch screen to the 1.4GHz Qualcomm single-core processor and the front facing camera, the latest iteration of the HP Pre is a big improvement over previous builds of the phone. Pre fans out there-and they do exist-are going to want this new model, the first major update in the Pre since its initial launch, and if this source is correct, they are not going to find it at Sprint.

source: Thisismynext via everythingPre

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posted on 09 Jul 2011, 20:48 4

1. AndroidOS (Posts: 100; Member since: 21 Jun 2011)


I would seriously consider buying this phone if the Attain wasn't on it's way (if it actually is). The pre and the pixi weren't bad phones when I played around with them, and webOS isn't bad.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 22:28 3

2. Clown (unregistered)


The webos was easily one of the best mobile OS out put on one of the worst hardware platform this earth has seen! Mix in some bad battery life compliments of a low mAh battery it failed before it arrived. I was a pre owner as well as an android and an iPhone. The webos is a cross between the iOS and the Android but a step further in some cases.

Apple iOS is restrictive, boring, fisher price, one size fits all, lacks individuality and is on a limited carrier base. But is is beautifully manufactured, simple, fast, stable, elegant. It is the pioneer in more ways than any other and started a touchscreen smartphone revolution...one that the treo couldnt pull off. It is benchmark all other phones are measured on. As with any it has its issues, lack of flash, one screen size fits all, no 4G, etc. But it has the biggest app market place of all and is the platform of choice for developers.

Android is the tech guys platform, full on tweaking and customizabilty! It has numerous form factors, with or without qwerty. But it is nowhere near as stable as its apple competitor. It does have flash, 4G, free turn by turn with traffic navi, Its marketplace is growing faster by the second. Notification system far exceeds apples intrusive offering. It is a phone that feels like a second hobby at times. But it is growing more and more refined and has a market share that exceeds apples and did it in a far smaller time period. So ti is the most popular.

HP/Palm Webos has the multitasking that the other could only dream of, a notification system that is as elegant and well thought out as they comes. Neither android or Apple even come close. Its synergy multiple account integrations eliminates the need to run several apps to do the same thing. But the current hardware is junk! Flimsy, weak, poor battery...the laundry list of hardware shortcomings completely destroyed this phone. Whom ever speced it, engineered it should be exiled! But it also lacks apps support and developers arent that interested nor are the carriers to do much in the wake of offering it. They seems to be so behind on releases and take a ton of time to get it too market. it is unfortunate for the webos foundation far exceeds much of the other platforms but the poor hardware has keep us from getting a decent whole product. Off all I still like my pre the best. It was a well round devices. It isnt a jack of all trades and a master of none. But it is a device that what it does in common with apple and android it does better and with more intuition.

You really need to have owned and used all to make this assumption but you also need to own them for more then a few weeks to make this determination. We will see what the Pre3 brings, the touchpad was somewhat of a disappointment to me so it seems that even moving palm to hp the hardware still seems to be what holds this incredible software from gaining ground and the respect it deserves.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 00:17 1

6. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Excellent. Well said.

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 17:16

12. BryceNull (Posts: 6; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


i agree. webOS has the potential but people don't care about it enough to do something about it. Maybe now that HP owns it, they might be better now.

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 23:28 2

3. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


All Palm needed was a crapload more applications and it would have been the best OS hands-down. Applications = [almost] everything

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 23:58

4. m.d.92 (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Mar 2011)


This is really disappointing. I guess the only thing that's keeping me from switching to a different carrier at this point is that Sprint's 'Simply Everything' plan is a lot less expensive than those of AT&T or Verizon.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 00:10

5. bossmt_2 (Posts: 421; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


WebOS is ok. Still needs better hardware to actually run properly.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 00:35 1

7. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Since I got my Palm Pre Plus, I have become a frequent visitor to "Pre central". The VAST majority of the posters on there are Sprint WeBOS users. Rest assured, it is Sprints decision to not carry the Pre 3. While I could criticize them for their decision, I actually understand. They were burned once carrying an unpolished OS, and won't do it again. They didn't want anything to do with 1st generation W7 devices, either. On top of that, every time they release a premium Droid device, they chip away at the big two. It is a sound business decision from a carrier who cannot afford too many missed opportunities (Echo, I am looking at you).



But, even though there isn't a very big WeBOS community, they are extremely loyal. My feeling is they will lose the majority of them to AT&T and Verizon. On top of that, I actually like where HP is headed with WeBOS. Their emphasis right now is on tablets, and they intend to get WeBOS on all their PCs, laptops, and notebooks as well. They intend on keeping the "Pre" alive themselves, with maybe one or two more handsets they develop. They are in talks to get the OS on other manufacturers handsets, the rumor being Samsung of course. As a matter of a fact, Samsung is supposed to be thinking of using WeBOS to power "smart" appliances if they do this. I am hoping that even if early September to November is too late for the Pre 3, in two years I can get a great, high end WeBOS device. Despite it's shortcomings, I really enjoy my Palm Pre Plus. I think with the ever growing Smartphone demand, there is room for about 3 or 4 OS's in the U.S. market. I can cheer for WeBOS to be one of them.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 04:13 2

8. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Trust me, this is not a loss for Sprint considering the Pre is garbage and this one is no different.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 09:25

9. Galen20K (Posts: 506; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


GOOD! naw, just kidding lol

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 10:36 1

10. donpeppino9 (Posts: 67; Member since: 24 Jan 2010)


this is what i hate about being a cdma customer. even though its a sound business decision on behalf of sprint, palm/sprint users will be screwed. it sucks that a carrier has so much control over what phones you can use.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 14:23

11. stealthd (Posts: 869; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


WebOS is a great operating system. The problem was Palm never put out reliable hardware. A friend who worked for Sprint was telling me they had pyramids of returned Pre's. I know people with Pres that have gone through 2-3 phones. This simply shouldn't happen. (Although to be fair, the HTC Hero on Sprint was pretty glitchy too, but not quite as bad as the Pre I don't think).

posted on 13 Aug 2011, 15:59

13. Nick (unregistered)


It's very sad to hear this, im on at&t right now and i would end my contract with them in a heart beat just to get a Pre 3 on sprint. so heartbreaking ... sprint is letting down a lot of people with this move.

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