Sprint to avoid webOS devices for the time being?

Sprint to avoid webOS devices for the time being?
When it launched back in 2009, the Palm Pre was burdened with the uneasy task of bringing webOS to the masses and it made its debut on no other carrier than Sprint. Unfortunately, things have not unfolded as the nation's third largest carrier planned and webOS devices are now strangely staying away from Sprint's shelves.

According to the rumor that was just brought to our attention, Sprint is not planning on offering any webOS devices for the rest of 2011 with the main reasons for that being the poor adoption of the platform and the devices that run it. It was hinted that the HP TouchPad might make it to the carrier's lineup eventually, yet chances of that ever happening were slim. That being said, those of you who have been waiting to upgrade their trusty webOS handset and replace it with an HP Pre3, for example, might really have to look for it on the shelves of a different carrier, as earlier speculations have suggested.

However, if the rumor is to be believed, Sprint may not be breaking up with the platform entirely as that mostly depends on what HP chooses to do with it. Nevertheless, until the next batch of webOS smartphones hits the market, the majority of the loyal webOS fans might have already converted to a different operating system or switched to a different carrier. Wouldn't it be too late for Sprint to embrace webOS again?

via: PreCentral Forums



1. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

As one of the few WeBOS users on this site, I can tell you the Pre Central is becoming increasingly aggravated with HP only getting the Veer toy out, and then pouring all their resources into the Touchpads. Sprint users are diffently bitter, as they are where WeBOS took off from. But, as an extremly small user base (3%?), what are they going to do? HP is not in a hurry with smartphones. Problem is, the Pre 2 on Verizon didn't sell well, because most everyone wanted to wait on the Pre 3. Reviews even suggested they wait. The Veer was launched as a counter to large screen devices, but it was too small. Unusable even. So sells on AT&T for the Veer were uninspiring. Why push the Pre 3? If HP gets another manufacturer or two to put out a line of smartphones, it has a future. If not, it will be a PC/Tablet/notebook only OS. That is what HP cares about.

11. evoMike

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

Agreed...as a Sprint Android user even I know you can't release a device like the Veer and expect people to get excited. Especially when its only on one carrier. The Pre3 is the flagship and should have been released when they announced it a few months ago.

2. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

HP should should not work with Web Os Nokia or Samsung needs to take over.

3. Demonictech unregistered

Sprint is not taking any risk. i recently read on sprint forums saying "wp7 is fairly young" basically saying we would like to wait till other carriers are making lots of money on with this device then try to take the spot light. well sprint if you don't grab the young or redefined OS's some one else will and you will be left with playing Catch up. only reason why am staying with sprint is because i love my plan.

7. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

I heard that with my bad ear. Why is Android our only option now? Bull**** . I want a Windows 7 Phone.

9. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Or WP7 phone are primarily a GSM/W-CDMA phone and it is why Verizon and sprint only have 1 or 2 WP7 phone.

13. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I came from AT&T to Sprint to join the family plan to save some money. However, when it comes to the smartphone selection, Sprint seems to only cater to Android and Blackberry. They only have one WP7 phone, the Arrive, and the only webOS phone they have left is the Palm Pixi. I currently have an Android phone and I'm actually kind of tired of it. It would be nice if Sprint gets more WP7 phones, even though the Arrive is something I'd buy due to the keyboard, I just want more selection of smartphone OSes...

15. evoMike

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

Voice your complaint to Microsoft. The Arrive and Trophy are the only CDMA WP7 handsets out.....at least for now.

4. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

...or it could be that sprint doesnt want another horrible mess of an experiment, with salesmen expected to push the fancy OS (which really is nice) and make customers forget about the awful hardware inside and the worst build quality around. The Pre was a joke, between dealing with customers with multiple replacements and having no other options to offer to the them, other than another refurbished Pre. It was behind the curve before it came out, and coupled with the build quality of a Yugo, it was a disaster. Hard to believe another phone besides the Blackberry can take so long to boot... And dont even start with the Pixi

5. spanky

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 02, 2011

^^^couldnt agree more!

6. sniperace

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

I'm sorry those phones were utter trash. The pre use to fall apart in the user's hand. If smart phones were for idiots then maybe more people would buy pre's...lol

8. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Worst part is the Pre 2 is actually a decent build . Just no one knows or cares. Mom has one I pre ordered and it has performed flawless.... So far.

12. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Good to hear. Bodes well for Pre 3's quality.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

lol my customers that own palms get angry when i tell them we currently dont have any new webos devices comming to sprint.

14. Rio unregistered

I have a original pre and I must say. I agree with the build quality being oh so horrible but web os is hands down (unlocked) the best os out there. Its nothing like it. Blackberry, Ios, and android do not do multitasking as well as the palm pre. I am on my 10th one but want leave the os cause I still can download youtube videos directly to my phone, change my theme for free once a day for going on two years now, be able to open a text and tie it to any other neighboring app I have open. If you have never played with web os, you are missing out. Just hate that sprint and palm at the time couldnt put the pre where it belonged to be which was at the top of the hill. Hp has the money but the question is.. are the consumers still open to something other than android ( still feels like a young os), IOS ( control freaks 101), blackberry ( dying oh so fast) or windows ( still at the start line with a tiny portion of the market that they once owned or should I say shared with Palm).

16. xtomatoe unregistered

so I called Sprint customer service to see if I could get the Photon and yeah he also mentioned that they're having some nice phones coming to Spring to satisfy "us" lol def getting the SGSII AND he also mentioned that "HP" is releasing a phone on sprint...and my guess the only phone HP could release is a WebOS phone..lets see how accurate the country guy was!

17. Phonecall01 unregistered

ooh ooohh ! keep the focus on the little green guy !!!

18. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

WebOS and the Pre sucks anyways. Who gives a damn?

19. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

The actual WebOS is quite good and offers good multitasking capibilities but the Veer was a flop waiting to be released, no one bought it cuz of its unusable screen. The Pre3 has slightly better prospects if it were priced right and released 6 months ago. Now I'm speechless.

20. CluckCluckNAway unregistered

Damn it! If I hadn't recently signed a new contract with Sprint, I would have cancelled my three (3) phone lines and moved to Verizon! I guess I'll have to wait for the BkBry Torch or the iPhone or a Nokia something or other.

21. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

LOL?!?!?! Cancel with Sprint just to get that dud of a phone, the Pre?

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