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Nearly four months since the initial “in the coming months” Pre 2 announcement, the long-delayed Verizon Pre 2 will finally hits the market today, February 10th.
This quiet bit of news, straight from the mouth of Jon Rubinstein via yesterdays webOS event, is especially ironic considering that the long-awaited iPhone 4 hits Verizon stores on the exact same day. No word as of yet on pricing but last week’s reported $100 on 2-yr contract figure seems to be just about right. It’s unclear whether or not the free wi-fi hotspot feature found on the existing Pre Plus and Pixi Plus will be maintained with the Pre 2.
Read the full story on Palm Info Center
- No Web OS 2.0 for Palm Pre, Pixi, or Plus devices (venturebeat.com)
“I coulda been a contender,” said Brando’s character, Terry, a washed-up boxer, lamenting his fate.
Compare that to what Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein said Thursday during his company’s third-quarter results call with analysts:
“If we could have launched at Verizon prior to the Droid, I think we would have gotten the attention the Droid got. And since I believe we have a better product, I think we could have even done better,” Rubinstein said.
Yes, except for that Verizon problem, Palm’s CEO thinks his company “coulda been a contender.”
Of course, customers have decided that Palm doesn’t make a better product, and they made that decision well before the Droid burst onto the market last October. By then, the Pre had been on the market for four months.
CNNMoney.com took note of the company’s plight in a headline that sums up my opinion, too: “Palm’s new price target: $0.”
“Palm’s future already looked bleak,” the financial news site commented. “But after reporting worse than expected results for the third quarter Thursday, some analysts think the company’s stock is now essentially worthless.”
Read the full story on ARN
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- Palm: We coulda been a contender (mobilecrunch.com)