Palm Pixi Plus quietly makes an exit from Verizon's web site
posted by John V. / Jan 28, 2011, 2:43 PM
Obviously, not all devices will live on through the ages, but the departure of the Palm Pixi Plus might be another blow to HP/Palm since we're finding fewer carriers holding onto any webOS smartphones. Even more, it's rather alarming since we have yet to see any US carrier take hold of the Palm Pre 2 – which can be seen as a big blow in getting the platform into the hands of consumers.
But then again, you can still find the Palm Pixi Plus on HP's Wireless Central site and even through the variety of online retailers out there.
source: Verizon & HP via PreCentral
Palm's mistake was to purposefully orphan the bizillion loyal legacy users of the Palm OS PIM who wanted desparately to migrate to something more advanced like Web OS but wanted to continue with the awesome genius of Palm hotsync. Users didn;t want to go to the cloud with years and years of contacts, calendar and memo entries, and the Google cloud killed that capability as well as the security of local syncing.(Did you read about the alliance between Google and the NSA spy agency?) If Palm had made local hot syncing available to legacy users, they would have acquired an instant customer base of huge proportions. It was like RIM having orphaned their millions of OS 5 and legacy users in the transition to OS6. RIM may not have the wow-pizzaz factor of iOS or Android but RIM knows that they have a large and loyal customer base who will buy their improved phones enough to make it profitable.
posted on Jan 28, 2011, 6:16 PM 0
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