Verizon says "No" to the Palm Pre?

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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 like Palm Pre and a second generation Storm," on the Verizon Wireless 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

1. 22ADin09

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 24, 2009

now if this is true, i feel that a lot of verizon customers (a vast majority of the people who come into my store) should probably be kicking themselves now....or jumping ship? if its true...

30. Arielnyc2006 unregistered

The Pre is not that amazing that somebody should jump ship. And jump ship to where? ATT? (Shudders)

41. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

That is why I paid my termination fee. I got tired of waiting for good phones. Couldn't be happier with the iPhone!

46. TheEclectic

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

I really hope this isn't true. I've been holding on to Verizon on a thread for this phone. I'm still carrying around my Treo 700w waiting for a great phone. When the Storm didn't pan out and then when the Touch and Touch Pro took months to come out I was just about ready to hop onto the iPhone or and Android-based phone. WebOS and the possibility of VZW getting the Pre was one of the few reasons I've stuck it out. The OS is such that it gives it so much potential as far as applications go. The fact is that Window Mobile OS is just eons behind the competition and as much as HTC tries, they will never be able to overcome WM's shortcomings.

2. BigRed83

Posts: 144; Member since: May 19, 2008

With the issues this thing has had? No thank you. Just read archive news reports on this site. I wouldn't buy it, glad I don't have to support it.

23. smkingun

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 11, 2009

I own a Pre. Bought it launch day. I have had no issues. A percentage of all devices have some problems. I have to use a BlackBerry for work and it is not a problem free device. Sometimes the ringer stops working. It won't make any sound whatsoever. My prior model had a lot of trackball problems. I had an iPhone before those. It wouldn't ring period. I would get a notice though when I got a voicemail. Humans make devices and gadgets. Humans are flawed. Therefore gadgets are flawed. Closing note: I still really, really like the Pre. I use it everyday, all day long. It has been a very good purchase.

44. DJBASS

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

I agree some phones i have had for years my children, girlfriend, and close friends and they have no problems but some people say THEY have problems with all THEIR phones!!! WOW ask yourself what are you dong with your phone and why does no phone work for you?

3. KingOfPhones

Posts: 41; Member since: May 04, 2008

wow VZW so stupid I hope this isnt true...

4. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

If this is true, it will probably have the same ramifications the decision to not sell the iPhone had. Maybe not quite so severe, but if VZW truly thinks the Sholes or the Storm 2 are strong enough to out-sell the Pre, they are truly delusional. VZW borderlines arrogance when it comes to "network superiority," and is kind of behind in realizing that a strong network doesn't hold half the weight it used to, given the rise of text messaging. You don't need anywhere near the network strength for text messages as you do for voice calls. It's rather silly though for VZW to almost completely dismiss devices in lieu of network strength. Why can't they have both? Wouldn't it be the smart move to have the best network AND the best devices? Instead of, "Well, we continue to rely on our most reliable network platform. A device is only as good as the network it's on." Except it's not, because devices are about more than making/receiving calls now, and granted, that does heavily affect data services as well, but it's as if VZW doesn't want to recognize device importance. As a temporary employee, I can see it from the inside, and there are so many obvious flaws to this line of thinking. Now fanboys (VZW or other), nobody cares to hear your biased opinion, subjectiveness is not wanted, objectiveness is appreciated. VZW is not as perfect as you think, nor are they as horrific as you others think.

33. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I agree with everything you said. Especially the part about how it's not just about making/receiving calls anymore. It's still a major factor but I don't think Verizon realizes that service is not the only thing that people care about anymore. I really liked their service but gated how it felt like every single phone I bought was the same.

5. hmcougar09

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

If this is true, I am definitely switching to the Palm Pre on Sprint's network. As much as I hate Sprint, and adore Verizon... this is just ridiculous. Verizon always turns down the good phones, er the other way around... I am only switching to Sprint for this phone. It just stinks that VZW might not get it.

6. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Be sure this claim is substantiated before making your decision of course. You know how journalists' statements can be taken with that salt shaker over there.

8. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I have seen hacker forums of people getting the PRE to work for VZW. If you love vzw that much try playing the hacking game and unlock it for vzw. but you will have to research taht on your own.

9. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

-Actually hmcougar09 I don't know how long ago you had Sprint, but the switch might work for you depending of where you live. I use to have AT&T and now Sprint and there's a huge difference in coverage. AT&T is terrible where i live, so make sure you check your coverage. Sprint has a "bad customer service" reputation that follows them, even if it's OK now. Plus with "Any mobile anytime"...nuff said !

14. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

There are two Palm Sku's in our system. We are getting two palms. Hold your horses before you start jumping. It doesn't say when they are coming but if it is there, it would take a lot for us to reject it at that point.

7. kvenderley

Posts: 31; Member since: Aug 09, 2009

who cares, the palm pre is way overrated, it almost sucks. i would take the storm 2, htc imagio, o2, tp2 and sholes over the pre. i think the pre is a peice of crap. the only good think about the phone is the OS. thats it! you all are delusinal for wanting this phone.

10. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Just like the iPhone is overrated? I'm not arguing saying you're incorrect, because you probably aren't, I've never played with the Pre personally. I don't want it myself, but what I do know is that VZW is turning down guaranteed customers, just like they did with the iPhone. I hate the iPhone and everything that goes along with it, especially the people that think their iPhone is that great. But there's no doubt in my mind that VZW would've benefited VASTLY by getting the iPhone, and I'm not getting into the did they/didn't they argument about turning the iPhone down.

13. crd22

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 15, 2008

I agree WKlingbeil. The only reason I want VZW to get the iPhone and/or Pre is so that they get more customers; therefore (hopefully) lowering their pricing, and upgrading their network even more, which is already great.

16. IcanBEATali

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 24, 2009

muhahhahhaahaha.... it almost sucks? you arent biased or anything are you?

20. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

What you mean he doesnt like it? Douche

54. gomets15217

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 13, 2008

lolololol

11. allboutverizon

Posts: 66; Member since: May 20, 2009

I swear I wonder about the editors on Phone Arena, I remember the original article about Verizon and the Palm Pre. Verizon never said they were going to carry the Palm Pre. Phone arena completely changed their word's Verizon said they would offer "Palm Pre Like Devices", that does not mean they are going to carry the Palm Pre.

12. knuckleballer34

Posts: 119; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Agreed, sometimes I think they hear what they want to hear with these posts.

15. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

Phone Arena is good at that... That is making things seem different than what they really are...

17. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Well, Dan Hesse heard the same thing, so PA wasn't alone in hearing that.

24. allboutverizon

Posts: 66; Member since: May 20, 2009

This isn't the first time Phone Arena reported this incorrectly Dan Hasse heard the drama in the internet world and responded based on Hype and fear That someone else was getting Sprints Pride and Joy. Lord knows Sprint needs every and any phone available So Dan Hesse heard it from the same source as everyone else, "Internet Hype". I more so wish people would do their own research rather than just believing what one reads. I double check everything just to check if it's true or not. I like phonearena don't get me wrong, I just wish the information was better researched, before it was posted.

18. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

There a lot of stuff that goes in to play why companies wont carry certain phones, i think verizon would loss more money on the device then gaining profit with this palm honestly b/c the storm 2 will be coming out and is well anticipating so why upgrade to the palm pre get stuck in a two year contract and months later the strom 2 comes out and you'll be kicking yourself

19. vzwfann15

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 10, 2009

Big letdown Verizon. And I completely agree, for verizon's superior network, you'd think that they would offer THE best phones, not cheap knock offs

21. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

well i don't like palm products anyway. storm 2 FTW! :-)

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

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