Palm Pre is a Failure Admits Sprint, Rather have the iPhone

Finally it has come too pass that Sprint has caught up with what the rest of us have known for quite some time that the Palm Pre has failed. Apparently Robert Brust, CFO for Sprint made the admission to investors while also saying that things are looking up.

According to the source article over on the WSJ by Roger Cheng of Dow Jones Newswires, Brust told investors that “the Pre didn’t work out as well as we hoped,” however one the iPhone Brust commented, “we’d love to have it.”

So basically Sprint is admitting that the Palm Pre failed, so now only the Palm Pixi has to follow in the same footsteps. AT&T recently announced the release of the Palm Pre Plus, so I wonder if they are now beginning to regret it as well, and I wonder what HP thinks about the news too.

Palm bet big on their webOS devices and they failed to save them forcing them to be put up for purchase, but at least Sprint still has the HTC EVO 4G to fall back on, and who knows maybe one day Sprint will see the iPhone, but not before Verizon hopefully.

Found by Intomobile.


4 thoughts on “Palm Pre is a Failure Admits Sprint, Rather have the iPhone”

  1. Dave says:

    HP has nothing to worry about with webOS. I'm pretty sure they got other plans to use the operating system that's beyond just phone applications. Besides, the major fault lies in Palm themselves. The whole fiasco with iTunes, cruddy marketing, and even design esthetics for some.

  2. AJAY PATEL says:


    as a development team here in London, we were SO excited back in mid 2009 when Palm WebOS broke out of Beta as it meant we could get hands-on. to develop top-of-the-range apps for the Palm Apps Store. Even back in mid 2009, i-Phone apps market was oversaturated. Palm WebOS was virgin territory… and then we actually tried to *develop* in Palm WebOS.

    What most people didn't know was that Palm WebOS was just a web browser, just like Firefox. Developers could (in Palm's terminology) 'leverage their existing skillset'. Meaning that teams didn't have to learn the mind bending Objective-C used on the I-Phone, or super-geeky Android OS. All they needed was HTML, CSS, Javascript and the book, Palm WebOS in a Nutshell. And hey presto, Apps Millionaires!


  3. AJAY PATEL says:


    Palm WebOS *was* amazing at 'text apps' – that's data listed in tables – such as phone book or Facebook. But anything else? Things needed for games, like an accelerometer that just about knew it was being moved, and a graphics engine made out-of-bounds, were hurdles too high. As it turned out, we found Palm WebOS was a cut down version of Apple Webkit. Cut down for performance reasons. The result was NO APPS OF NOTE IN THE APPS STORE. Compared to the zillion over at the I-Store.

    This 'innovative OS' would have been bleeding edge in 1995, cutting edge in 2000 and possibly, still rated in 2005. But by 2009, the world of mobile apps was in a very different place. And with bigger screens too. By mid 2010, the core Developer community had walked away frustrated. The only bleeding edge left on the Palm Pre, was it's disastrously sharp slideout casing.


  4. AJAY PATEL says:


    Palm has tried releasing SDK updates, video recording and a number of major overhauls but, it is already too late. The hype has died. The product has died. The PALM BRAND has died. And as a consequence, third party developers regard Palm products as not worth the time effort and money of supporting. Maybe HP will work their magic. Maybe? At least give us another chance to see the magnetic charger because that was cool. Well, sometimes very hot…

    BTW You can still see working Palm Pres, on episodes of CSI New York and Flash Forward.

    AJay Patel

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