Palm Pre handcuffed to Sprint?

Palm Pre handcuffed to Sprint?
At the MWC, which has just ended a few hours ago, we noticed a GSM version of the Palm Pre (even though it had not been officially announced), which will most probably be offered in Europe by Vodafone. Unfortunately, in the U.S. we won’t see the much-anticipated smartphone during 2009… with a logo different from the Sprint one. According to a source of CNBC, who wished to stay anonymous, the carrier, that has recently announced a net loss of $1.6 billion, will get the exclusive rights for the Palm Pre distribution until the end of the year. However, nothing is mention for the period after it. Bad news for every other carrier and a good one for Sprint, especially if the Palm Pre turns out to be that wished as the iPhone.

Palm Pre Preliminary Specifications

source: CNBC via CrunchGear

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18 Comments

1. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

That sucks for the Pre...

2. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

how does that suck its an internet based phone and its going to the network with the largest and fastest internet capabilities 3g\4g

13. OTAN

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

"how does that suck...?" It sucks because Sprint has the fewest customers and is losing more and more, and the other carriers have more and are growing. So Pre will have the least potential market because people rarely switch carriers. Pre has no brand name like Apple won't pull like Apple did. Existing customer base is very important.

15. lookngood18

Posts: 4; Member since: May 10, 2009

You are wrong. T-Mobile definitely has the least amount of customers. When I Have the Palm Pre and 4g don't come crying to me, because your iphone wont receive pics from your girlfriend!

3. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

How is that gonna hurt the Pre? Sprint's gonna sell the hell out of this phone!!

4. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Probably because Sprint sucks. Do you honestly think they would sell as many as VZW or ATT? If so you need an exam with a Dr.

6. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

..lol I wasn't even comparing carriers. I just though the Pre is gonna do pretty good with Sprint...I guess you're the one who need see a Doc and calme your "rage".

16. lookngood18

Posts: 4; Member since: May 10, 2009

Who has 4g?

5. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

"because sprint sucks" great response lol and what does it matter to the consumer what company would sell more? people want the phone on the network that can handle its capabilities the best, thats why its goin to sprint because there internet is as good as it gets, besides if people want the phone they will go to whatever network has it. look at the iphone att has the worst internet and planes out there and yet people go to them just cause they want the iphone

7. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I think it sucks for the Pre because I know many people who'd love the phone but would never switch to Sprint to get it. So it sucks for Palm because they could've done better elsewhere. As for your comments about their network handling the capabilitiles better then anyone else I'm a little flummoxed...

9. baileyboy

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 06, 2009

Where are you getting your facts, every carrier says they have the fastest, largest network. I have a work phone though Sprint and they completely suck. I think it sucks for the Pre to be stuck on a network that really only works if you stand next to the tower.

17. lookngood18

Posts: 4; Member since: May 10, 2009

have fun payin extra $30 for just the iphone.. ill be sure to receive your g/f's nude pics for you!

8. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

what are you confused about? sprint has the fastest 3g network with the most internet capabilities. its a proven fact. so why would anyone want a palm pre on a network that cant let the phone perform at its best? seems like it would be a waste to me!

14. OTAN

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

These claims of fastest are made by everyone. sprints quality is bound to go down as they have the bleakest reported and predicted revenue. Carriers need to constantly upgrade and maintain their networks, Sprint is in the worst position to do so.

18. lookngood18

Posts: 4; Member since: May 10, 2009

But some how have the fastest speed "according to Egadget" and just was the first carrier to launch 4g?

10. cellstudent

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 21, 2009

The big loser in this deal isn't VZW, AT&T, or the consumer. Palm is the big loser here. Anyone who cares about quality smartphones left Sprint ages ago for the iPhone or the Bold or the Storm or the G1. Locking down a "messiah" device like the Pre to Sprint of all places puts Palm in a position where they can't sell the phone to anyone who has already fled Sprint/Nextel. Very, very few of these people will be coming back just for a fancy piece of handset because almost everything else Sprint does is a joke, except for undercutting the monthly cost of service in exchange for ridiculously terrible Customer Service and oversold iDEN areas. So long, Palm! Unless you have a comparable device already on tap to launch with Big Blue and Big Red in the next 3 months, you just lost the smartphone war. It looks like WinMo vs. Blackberry vs. iPhone vs. Symbian vs. G1 from here out, boys and girls. WebOS just marginalized itself if it's only going to be a Sprint product for the first 10 months out of the gate.

11. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

-WOW ! such a long paragraph to bash on the "Pre" !!! The same way a lot of people who fled AT&T and went back for the iphone...the VZ ones went back for the "buggy" Storm... a lot of former Sprint customer will indeed come back along with the new ones...! the numbers will speak in a few months!

12. palmpreGuy

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 27, 2009

And still, Dan Hesse won't comment on sprint exclusivity. Right now it's rumors. It'll be tough to wait so long if you're not on Sprint. Heck, even a GSM version might be out by then that people can unlock!

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