Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 21:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Last week, HP killed its webOS devices unit. Over the weekend, the company slashed the prices on the TouchPad. The result? The TouchPad sold out completely in a matter of hours. This confirms what I've been hearing from friends and family: "I'd love a tablet, but I'm not paying laptop money for one."
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massive userbase
by project_2501 on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 22:15 UTC
project_2501
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2006-03-20

... and now HP's Touchpad with WebOS has a massive userbase. Great strategy HP - well done! I knew all along they weren't that stupid - they loss led on the end user device, to then make money on the apps and ecosystem.

Pure genius!

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RE: massive userbase
by phoenix on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 23:03 in reply to "massive userbase"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

I was thinking the same thing. Wouldn't it be great if this was just a publicity stunt to get people to buy the TouchPad in droves, to create an instant userbase for it? Then I remembered they cancelled the Pre3 without releasing it.

If they had done this after releasing the Pre3, with the same dramatic price cuts on it, then it would be more plausible.

Alas, I fear this is just product dumping to clear the warehouses before they are shuttered for good. ;)

Perhaps a home-brew ecosystem will grow up around it, now that so many people have them?

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