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
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

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Pre 2
  • Display 3.1" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Storage 16GB



1. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

and sprint was smart not to release it

2. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012


3. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

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

4. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

no palm wasnt great and palm ruined it themselves.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

5. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

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

6. salic

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 23, 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.

8. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

9. TooMuchWOW

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 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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