Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Nov 2009 20:44 UTC
Editorial Most of us here like gadgets. Things with displays, LEDs, or stuff that otherwise lights up in the dark and makes cool noises. There is this one gadget I had been waiting for to come out in The Netherlands for quite a while now, but at some point a limit was reached, and today I decided to do a complete 180 and buy a competing product.
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Palm popularity?
by melgross on Wed 4th Nov 2009 15:46 UTC
melgross
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While you may think that if they released it in all of Europe quickly it would have become popular, I can assure you that it wouldn't have.

The Pre has been a failure here in the US. In the first three months, only 375,000 have been sold to users. The rest of the phones that Palm sold to Sprint, 175,000, some of which, like the rest, which Sprint then sold to WalMart, Radio Shack, Best Buy and others, were still sitting on the shelves at the end of the quarter.

Since Sprint has expensive phones that have been selling much better than this, Sprint isn't to blame for the falling sales. A problem that is continuing.

Palm has made many mistakes in releasing this phone too soon, making it difficult for developers, poor hardware, a too small screen for effective multitouch, etc. Whether Palm will remain around is the biggest question.

Look at pricing. $199 after a $100 rebate, which you may not get. Then, the phone selling at Walmart (with 2 year contract) for $79. O2 is now selling the phone. Oh, did I say sell? No, they're GIVING the phone away. I wonder why?

The Pixi, which is supposed to sell for $99 after rebate looks lousy. How are they going to make any money on that, with the Pre now selling for $149 at Sprint, a price drop that Sprint says is made by Palm, not them, and the rest of the pricing. You can't get much cheaper than FREE.

I think that Palm is in big trouble.

And why the "soul" bit for buying an iPhone? Thats childish of you. It's a phone, not a new religion. I hope you can keep that in perspective.

And if you didn't really want an iPhone, you didn't HAVE to buy one. You did, because you really DID want one. Just admit it. You could have bought something else.

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