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Sprint to avoid webOS devices for the time being?

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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

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posted on 29 Jul 2011, 08:50 2

1. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 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.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 13:10 1

11. evoMike (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Jul 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.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 08:58

2. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

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

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 09:13 3

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.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 10:02 5

7. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)

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

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 11:04 1

9. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 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.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 17:07 1

13. Jyakotu (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Dec 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...

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 17:59 2

15. evoMike (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)

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

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 09:24 5

4. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 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

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 09:29

5. spanky (Posts: 81; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)

^^^couldnt agree more!

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 09:45

6. sniperace (Posts: 95; Member since: 20 Aug 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

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 10:15 2

8. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 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.

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 13:39

12. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

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

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 12:16 1

10. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)

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

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 17:25

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).

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 22:09

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!

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 00:41

17. Phonecall01 (unregistered)

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

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 00:54

18. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

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

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 13:43

19. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 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.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 03:03

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.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 08:10

21. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

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

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