Palm Pre, we hardly knew ye.
A new report says that Sprint is deep-sixing the original Pre less than a year and a half after the much-hyped smartphone made its exclusive debut on the Sprint network. The website PreCentral is quoting one of its trusted sources” who says there are only a few hundred of the original Pres left in stock, and Sprint is giving the device an end of life” label. R.I.P, Pre.
The Pre was supposed to be the smartphone that brought Palm back to prominence and helped Sprint better compete with the big boys, AT&T and Verizon Wireless. But it was not to be. Months after its June 2009 debut, a slightly upgraded version of the Pre the Pre Plus was offered by AT&T and Verizon. But that didn’t help enough; Palms financial problems grew as sales struggled and the company was bought by HP earlier this year.
The Pre name will live on. The Pre 2, a follow-up to the Pre Plus, has already made its debut in Europe, and an announcement from Verizon Wireless about its availability in the States is expected soon. Theres no word yet if Sprint has any plans to carry the Pre 2.
HP plans to roll out a series of devices in the coming months featuring its updated version of webOS, an operating system considered by many in the industry to be one of the best.