Web-Centric Platform and New Palm Pre Phone to Debut Exclusively on Sprint

by Volker Weber

LAS VEGAS, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Jan. 8, 2009 - Palm, Inc. today unveiled its groundbreaking Palm webOS mobile platform, built from the ground up to be constantly connected to the web, and the new Palm Pre, the first phone based on the new platform. Pre is scheduled to be available exclusively from Sprint in the first half of 2009.

Take a look at the screenshots and the description. This phone could be desirable. Sprint uses EvDO, not GSM or UMTS/HSDPA. Will need more information about worldwide availability.

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Looks like HyperCard + phone. Very nice development model if it does, indeed, use a modern HTML/Javascript engine.

David Richardson, 2009-01-08

bluetooth tethered modem....

Is Apple paying attention?

Paul Mooney, 2009-01-09

You better bought some Palm stock before, its +45%.

Sebastian Grötsch, 2009-01-09

@Mooney -
Run apps in the background...
When a new notification comes in it doesn't kick you out of your web page....

Is Apple paying attention?

Craig Wiseman, 2009-01-09

Since we all know that Palm isn't exactly having its best years, why then, would they sign an exclusivity deal with Sprint? Wouldn't it make more sense to have the Pre available to all carriers? I understand the iPhone - it, alone, will drive interest to the exclusive carriers.

But Palm?

And then to announce it with no pricing. Are they trying to gauge the interest and then price accordingly?

Don't get me wrong, I have held out hope that Palm would turn it around longer than most. And I was waiting for this announcement to decide whether or not to go to a Blackberry. Now, it looks like I will make the move to Blackberry because I am not a Sprint customer and I am too lazy to change.

Gregg Eldred, 2009-01-09

I understand your disappointment. The other issue may be, that Palm seems to be going with Outlook.

Having said that, I am pretty confident, that the Pre will change the game in favor of Palm.

Volker Weber, 2009-01-09

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