Palm in the works with a 4G handset for Sprint?

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Palm in the works with a 4G handset for Sprint?
As we've seen ushered by many analysts and people familiar with the industry, it seems like everyone is unanimous in seeing Palm release a new handset to combat their struggling woes. After their stock had been downgraded and expectations were not in line with their recent Verizon launch, it appears as though Palm might once again partner with Sprint in releasing their latest handset. Sprint of course already beat everyone to the punch in the 4G race by having their next generation network up and running in a handful of markets already, but some analysts see the idea as being risky – claiming that Palm wouldn't throw all of its eggs in one basket when it comes to the future and embrace of the WiMAX network. Instead, analyst would rather see them update their existing 3G enabled handsets with larger touchscreens and focus on moving its distribution towards AT&T as a potential game saving move. Aside from the hardware aspect, it may also seem that Palm will really need to focus on their webOS platform and tweak it enough to make the experience seamless and innovative. With so many new mobile platforms expected to hit the market, Palm will need to revamp its own platform and keep it fresh enough to be adopted by new customers.

source: Computerworld via BGR

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24 Comments

1. Rhetoric

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

What is this WiMax these people keep talking about, sounds like fairy tales to me!

2. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

Haha... I'm with you.. talk is cheap.

3. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

And as for Palm.. too little, too late.

11. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

...I gues if you're not with Sprint, hearing about 4G this..and 4G that can be pretty ennoying... lol. As far as Palm getting into the wimax action... I thinks that could make a significant difference for them.

13. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

uuuuh... it's aready out in a handfull of markets. WIMAX hads not reached it's nationwide debut yet. at least wimax is out and has been since 2009. anyone used verizon or att's 4G yet? hahaha thought not.

15. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

No, the bigger networks dont have to advertise FIRST! on a developing technology thats not widespread yet. Lemme tell ya, when ATT or VZW flips that LTE switch on, your days on that Sero plan that you depend on so much are numbered. Sprint will eventually be taken over by VZW. But because WiMax not the 'popular' 4G techology, thats going to be a hard yellow/black pill for big red to swallow. http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/Verizon-CTO-says-that-LTE-launch-is-looking-better-each-day-arti cle-a_9960.html

17. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

VZW...maybe!! but AT&T..?? their 3G switch is barely on right now..

24. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

if the 4g is that much further behind att and verizons just like the 3g then its worth the wait. rushed technology is crap technology

4. aracanelli513

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 17, 2010

What fairy tales are you refering to. WiMax is a 4G network that is already up in running in serveral markets, including Baltimore, Seatle, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Houston, just to name a few. Other than that its been unofficially launched in Washington D.C. This year its expected to launch in other major areas including New York and Boston. Sprint along with its partner Clearwire, have been releasing this and many devices that run on it. Currently only aircards and MiFis, but this year they will be releasing handsets as well. Wimax at its current standard offers speeds of up to 10Mbps and its latest standard which hasn't been implented yet will offer speeds of 100Mbps to compete wit LTE. Also there are many partners in the WiMax venture with Sprint and Clearwire. Google and Intel being 2 of the major ones. So again I don't know what fair tales you are refering to, but before you make stupid comments do a little research.

5. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

Learn to decipher sarcasm from text. Its important when reading people comments. btw, I just saw a pink unicorn fly by my window.

6. aracanelli513

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 17, 2010

I didn't decipher sarcasm cause there wasn't any. People just can't stomach the fact the Sprint has released the first and only 4G Network and think that AT&T and Verizon are so superior. As far as Palm, I don't care for the company as a whole and never used one of their phones and don't intend to.

7. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

WiMax is no where near widespread. Boston ,NY, and all the other cities theyre supposedly expanding 4G out to.. talk is very cheap.

8. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

speaking of cheap talk, where is this supposed LTE??? Can you hear me now? goood.

9. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

VZW/ATT have not advertised that their networks are 4G.. Can YOU hear me now?

14. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

because they don't have 4G hahah

16. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

Just cuz they dont advertise FIRST! doesnt mean they're not ahead of Sprint. http://www.phonearena.com/htmls/Verizon-CTO-says-that-LTE-launch-is-looking-better-each-day-arti cle-a_9960.html Your days on that Sero plan that you depend on so much are numbered when they flip that LTE switch ON.

19. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

27 markets to none tells it all, those 60 markets vzw vaguely alluded to will already be done by Sprint. Get off your knees

20. herbiederb

Posts: 275; Member since: Jan 28, 2010

You on the other hand need to get on your knees and pray that Sprint survives the next 2 years on its own. Youll be drinking the VZW koolaid very soon. 1st 4G network.. hahaha

21. aracanelli513

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 17, 2010

Explain to me what SERO has to do with LTE...

22. aracanelli513

Posts: 13; Member since: Jan 17, 2010

They may have been doing bad financially for a while, but they are not anymore, so what makes you suggest that they will now survive on their own, who is helping them now, nobody.

23. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

wimax is 4G ass clown.

10. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Here's the deal though. As we've seen before, when a new network launches, the only thing really made for them are modems. So if you want to brag that "your" network has 4G...great! I also have Cable internet at home...which is about what you're getting on your 4G network. Sure, you can move around the city with you laptop dongle, but for most of us, we move around with our phones. The reason I don't care if Sprint or even Verizon has a 4G network first is because phones aren't going to be the first thing running on them. Sprint has their aircards out first and still no phones. Verizon will follow with the same...which is fine, but doesn't benefit me or most cellular customers. The propaganda at AT&T says they are waiting until 2011 to deploy because quite frankly, there won't be LTE handsets until around that time. Given the history, I think there is truth to that.

12. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

you can get a wireless 3g/4g modem and connect your wifi enabled device for now if you wanted...

18. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Again...if I am at home...how about I just connect to the Wifi I already pay for?

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