Data tethering removed as a Pre feature from Sprint's web site

Data tethering removed as a Pre feature from Sprint's web site
Just the other day, Sprint's web site showed data tethering as a feature of the Palm Pre under the heading of Technical Specification. Now, there is no mention of tethering for this highly anticipated new smartphone. In its place is a blurb about the Pre's MicroUSB port. Removing any tethering capabilities from the Pre would seem to be a way for Sprint to sell their Simply Everything + Mobile Broadband plan. As we reported earlier this week, that plan now includes 5GB of internet access per month for a laptop. Even with the anticaption surrounding the Pre, this is a big enough disappointment to many smartphone fans that you can now hear a pin drop.

Palm Pre Preliminary Specifications

source: Sprint via EngadgetMobile



1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1799; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I have verizon and they do not offer any package deal that sweet. but anyway i would rather have my phone be available always for phone calls and not tied up tethering. so i would rather use a usb modem anyway. I would go to sprint but i like my omnia to much

2. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Call me crazy, but I am not buying all the hype from the Pre. I mean, Palm has so many terrible devices that have so many problems, so what makes everybody think the Pre won't have all the same problems? I mean, it looks cool, but have we forgotten that it's a Palm? Maybe I'm wrong, but I guess we'll have to find out as the device rolls out

3. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Yeah I one of agree with you. I'm not saying this phone is going to suck, but I still don't think that it's going to be all that great. I know it has good integration with the web and message/notification integration, butnis that really the main highlights? What about the people who don't use facebook and twitter calendar? So what good is the calendar integration. I mean I never once used my facebook for inputtng appointments. It's just stuff like that that makes me a litre skeptcal. No mention of camera, application store, etc. But I don't have the phone so inhave to wait for the release like everyone else before I make any conclusions

4. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Could not agree more. You thought the storm was bad? That was Rim, you honestly think Palm is gonna be any better?

5. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

-The thing about these new High tech devices, it's not that they're bad ..they just get released before they're actually ready. They don't take enough time to work out all the bugs and stuff. Take the Storm for example.."great" device...but a little too buggy.

6. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

thats why the release for the pre has been pushed back so far they want it to be ready. and like flagship phones in the past ( i.e. iphone, storm,) that doesnt mean releasing the phone and having your customers tell u whats wrong with it then sending out a huge series of patches and updates to fix it

7. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

But also, the 700WX has been around for years now, and it still has a multitude of problems. I work for VZW, and I can't describe how many Palm's get thrown in the dump. I mean, 50% of that is our retarded proprietary software, but the rest of it is the phone itself. Maybe this one will redeem Palm, we'll see

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