Verizon says "No" to the Palm Pre?

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Verizon says "No" to the Palm Pre?
Verizon Wireless has decided not to offer the Palm Pre according to a report by The Street.com which cited "people close to the discussion". Back in May, Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam made comments that made it appear as though the touchscreen handset was heading to Big Red's line-up. "Over the next six months or so you will see devices likePalm Pre and a second generation Storm," on the VerizonWireless networks," said the executive. As recently as late August, it appeared as though the Pre was one of the code numbered handsets listed in Verizon's inventory system.

The story in The Street.com says a Palm spokesman, when asked to comment, would only say that the company had never named Verizon as one of its partners. Now what does this all mean? Is the Pre not selling strongly enough to attract Verizon or does the carrier have another handset ready that it feels will be lights out? Is it the highly touted Motorola Sholes? Is the BlackBerry Storm2 strong enough to knock out the Pre? The soap opera will continue.

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source: TheStreet.com

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60 Comments

56. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

I always did want vzw to get it but just so Sprint could get the Storm. Will the stoopid get what you pay for motto still stand?

55. killingthemonk

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

Comparison: Storm: global Pre: not Storm: edits email attachments Pre: doesn't Storm: records video Pre: doesn't Storm: has expandable memory Pre: doesn't Storm: has voice dialing Pre: doesn't Storm: has visual voicemail Pre: doesn't Storm: can be used to tether Pre: can't(another iphone situation?) Storm: hundreds of apps Pre: only 12 at launch Storm: And of course the Network Pre: on the Notwork Oh, and look, the Storm 2 is releasing

58. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Well, clearly there's nothing wrong with the Storm then.. Oh, except: Storm: Return rate at launch - nearly 50% Pre: Return rate at launch - less than 20% So... Before you go and think the Storm is the greatest phone out, let's keep that in mind. After all, the most important number is sales & return rate, not all of these features you cite, because they clearly weren't enough to make people want to keep it.

59. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

yes but that was at launch. the storm has been and is much better now. :-).

60. killingthemonk

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

I'll give you the return rate at launch was high. RIM dropped the ball on getting the device ready for release, but as fanman states; Storm then vs. Storm now are two different devices, and we also have the Tour out now. Also, Storm 2 shortly.

52. VZWfangirl

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

45. whitman5115

Posts: 28; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

Verizon has the TP2, TD2 is call the Whitestone due out in october, and the storm 2 and motorola sholes. After Thanksgiving, the playing field will be a little more even. You will see.

48. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

I mean, aside from Android, the Sholes is nothing, it's Motorola. The last successful product they had was the Startac phones. Everyone has the TP2, will have the TD2, and the Storm 2? I'm pretty sure excitement won't be that much for it, given the lackluster arrival of the original. VZW spends way too many resources on sequels, and we all know what they say about sequels... That they're the same thing with a little different flavor. It's not a bad lineup, however, what if you added names like the Pre to it? Or even the iPhone? Imagine at this point if VZW had gotten the iPhone originally, and then accepted the Pre. Do you realize what VZW's lineup could've been? Right now, it would be TP2, TD2, they may not have introduced the Storm, Sholes, Pre, and who knows what else.

50. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i didn't like the startac phones, the antenna kept breaking :-(

57. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Haha, now, I never said they were perfect. It is Motorola after all, haha.

42. prettyboy1974

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

This is one more time that Verizon shows that it truly either has no clue or doesn't care what people want. Who cares if the Pre is good or bad the fact is Verizon should welcome the chance to have another groundbreaking phone in their midst. I personally could care less about a Pre but that's not the point. Verizon believes they can keep pushing this "We have the best network" stuff down our throat and that will be good enough(by the way I am a Verizon customer). How long Verizon, how long do you want me to back you up when you make dumb choice after dumb choice, and as far as the Sholes goes I would never bet on Motorola for my salvation. Not only did Sprint get the Pre, they have the TP2, they are getting the TD2 and they have the Hero. This is a company that is listed as one of the top 10 businesses to go bankrupt. WTF Verizon, wake the hell up would you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

37. HowLowCanYaGo

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 16, 2009

Remember, Verizon was approached by Apple to sell the iPhone initially, they turned that down. No big surprise here. Palm will be OK as long as other carriers support them.

34. bokfu74

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 12, 2009

I wish the carriers would form football teams so you idiot fanboys (if you feel offended then you're one of them) could argue in a different forum. This is supposed to be a phone forum not a "my carrier can kick your carriers butt" forum. Juvenile. I'm just about sick of this party.

36. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Amen to that !

38. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

I think a hockey team would be more fun.

43. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

Right on!

49. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

actually bro. this isn't a forum. all we are doing is writing comments about a news article. the forums are in another part of this site. HOCKEY FTW. NEW JERSEY DEVILS.

32. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Funny how some people would kept saying they're waiting for VZ to get the Pre and now it all " We never cared for that phone anyway".

28. tuminatr

Posts: 1193; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I bet its something simple like they are getting the pre2

25. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

Oh pa leaze, people leave a service provider because they wont carry a phone. I don't think SO You have no clue about the market and what it will or wont do. To me the palm is a lame device and always has been, and If VZW or any other company isn't going to carry a device there are I'm sure some underling reason's.

35. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Do some people leave a carrier because they won't carry a certain device? mmmmh how about YEAH!! seen it happen with my own eyes. Simple example tons of people switch to AT&T to get the iphone even though their previous carrier had perfect Service/coverage/plans prices.

53. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

Perhaps, with iphone your right however they equeal a lot of unhappy people they did switch .

22. VZWEMPLOYEE

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 13, 2009

Article is false we have the palm pre testing on our network just fine. We have Lowell down in Dover for the race this weekend with the Pre and the storm 2. Got to love the haters

26. krochisy

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 24, 2009

I really hope you are right I've been waiting for the pre and I am already able to get an upgrade but I've been holding up for this cell, otherwise I will consider changing carrier, eventhough I have been a VZW customer for over 6 years.

27. kjack628

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

Any word on the omnia II and it's new design and specs??..oh yea tell Vzw to lower there ridiculiously high price data plans $29.99 gesh in this economy more like $9.99!!

29. lolipopjones

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 21, 2009

"VZEMPLOYEE"..... If you work for VzW then you know we aren't getting the following devices... Pre and Sholes... VzW has been waging a disinformation campaign to keep customers from switching. How many times have DM's been informing their employees to tell the customers that we are getting an iPhone this october? Keep lying to your "customers"...

31. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

You do realize that everyone but Sprint's data plans are that high, don't you? T-Mobile is $5 less, but if you get an employee discount on your account, you get your discount off of the data plan too. So if your discount is 20%, that's $6 off of $29.99, so that makes it $23.99. And how is this economy bad if you have a job? What is it that has made it so hard on you if you are still making the same amount of money at the same job? That whole economy complaint is so ridiculous, because if you have a job, NOTHING has changed. Also, I assure you that $9.99 is not enough to maintain an advanced device data network, things take money to uphold, VZW isn't just this money tree that builds towers and pays people nothing and keeps all the money you pay them.

39. VZWfangirl

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

Wow you are idiot, considering I know someone with the Sholes in hand. This guy is a big ass liar. I'll be sure to come back to your post on the next Motorola event Oct 6hth. Dumbass

40. VZWfangirl

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

Wow you are idiot, considering I know someone with the Sholes in hand. This guy is a big ass liar. I'll be sure to come back to your post on the next Motorola event Oct 6hth. Dumbass. Sorry WKlingbeil that comment wasn't for you

47. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Haha, I figured.

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