Telus announced the HTC Desire earlier this week and teased its Canadian customers by providing all the details on this hot Android handset except the launch date and pricing. Thankfully, some sleuthing by various sources has uncovered both inventory and potentially pricing information that point to an imminent launch of this handset. Uncovered in the source code of the Telus’ landing page for the HTC Desire is pricing information that suggests the Desire may debut at $499.95 for a one year agreement, $399.95 for a two year agreement, and $299.95 for a three year agreement. Don’t gasp at the prices and shun the phone as these figures may be placeholders and the actual prices may be lower at launch. Also indicative of an imminent launch is the appearance of the Desire in Telus’ internal inventory system. Internally, the pricing is set to the default $999.99 and no launch date is visible; but the Desire’s appearance in this database is a good sign. In general, most handsets launch shortly after they hit which makes that rumored August launch date look plausible.
With supplies of the HTC EVO 4G and the Droid Incredible non-existant, it was not surprising to see rumors floating around that the Droid X would experience a similar shortage when it launches on July 15th. Our own sources have confirmed many stores will have 50-100 Droid X handsets good to go with more (30k or more per warehouse) waiting idly in regional warehouses ready to ship overnight if stores sell out. Those levels sound sufficient to us and it leaves us with only one last question — who amongst us is going to scoop up this hot Android handset tomorrow?’
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Say it ain’t so! There’s a rumor going around this afternoon that Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile were forced to abruptly end all pre-orders of the Motorola DROID X. As we understand it, the problem is that the number of units requested by Android-crazed customers greatly exceeded the number of handsets that will be on-hand come launch day. We’ve not been able to independantly confirm this, so does anyone have first hand knowledge of what’s going on? More →
Apparently a free mobile hotspot offering and an early upgrade promotion weren’t enough to convince users to jump on board the webOS bandwagon, as Verizon Wireless is adding yet another price drop to help move its standing inventory of the Palm Pre Plus. Verizon has slashed the Pre Plus by $20 bringing the final cost of the webOS smartphone to a measly $30 with a two-year contract. Remember, the Palm devices are being sold without a rebate, so $30 is your actual price out the door. With webOS destined to live on under the HP umbrella, now is a great time to snag a Palm Pre Plus… if you’re a fan.
Bad news for Palm today as Radio Shack is reportedly dumping its inventory and washing its hands of the Palm Pre and the Pixi. The two webOS handsets have disappeared from Radio Shack’s website and inventory at brick and mortar stores is said to be dwindling. According to CL King analyst Lawrence Harris, Radio Shack retail locations are reportedly limited to quantities on hand with no future shipments expected. Traditionally, Radio Shack has been a strong supplier for Sprint and such a radical withdrawal is bad news for Palm. This unfortunate turn of events is not completely surprising. It was predicted by Canaccord Adams analyst Peter Misek who wrote, rather prophetically, last month “we believe Palm’s troubles will only accelerate as carriers and suppliers increasingly question the company’s solvency and withdraw their support.” Neither Palm nor Radio Shack have publicly commented on the matter. Guess that means we’ll have to wait with bated breath to see whether Palm manages to survive its latest and most concerning freefall.
Palm’s woes continue to balloon after the handset maker announced its earnings for Q3 2010. As a recap, Palm reported $349 million in revenue with a $22 million net loss for Q3 2010 which looks rosy when compared to the $90.6 million revenue and $98 million net loss reported in Q3 2009. Though revenue has increased and net loss has narrowed year over year, Palm continues its downward slide with net loss increasing from $13.7 million in Q2 2010 to the $22 million quoted above. Palm shipped 960,000 handsets in Q3 2010 which represents a 23% increase from Q2 2010 and a 300% increase year over year. This abundance of handsets is Palm’s downfall as the handset maker revealed that it has only sold a mere 408,000 units in Q3 2010, leading to a standing inventory that some estimate to be a staggering 1.15 million. Palm has put handset production on hold (told you so) while carriers sell through the current inventory which is equal to six months worth of retail sales at last year’s rate. As a result, Palm’s Q4 2010 outlook is dire with the company projecting revenue of only $150 million, a figure that falls far short of the $305 million that was expected. Read on after the jump.
Prospective iPad owners can probably stop panicking as Asian component suppliers have come forward to confirm that their supplies are on schedule, and Foxconn should have the resources to manufacture up to 700,000 iPads in March and one million units in April. The suppliers expect that the iPad launch will go smoothly as planned and the rumored delay and shortage put forth by analyst Peter Misek of Canaccord Adams can be filed in the “not likely to happen” category. Anyone’s hopes renewed now that the current intelligence points to a successful and robust iPad launch? As always, Digitimes to the rescue. More →
Are you an AT&T subscriber anxiously awaiting the day when you can finally make the HTC Tilt 2 your own? If so, good news first came back in August when we gave you a screenshot of the handset sitting pretty in AT&T’s system. Things got even better yesterday when we told you the highly anticipated phone is scheduled to drop in mid-October with Windows Mobile 6.5 in tow. Today, just for good measure, one of our eagle-eyed tipsters managed to unearth a new screenshot, this time with the Tilt 2 holding a slightly more established position in AT&T’s system. Our last capture simply showed entries for the standard Tilt 2 along with a No Camera version — this time around we can clearly see that AT&T has added insurance options for both versions of the Windows Phone, as well as entries for used handsets. We’re also hearing that training is set to kick off soon after having been delaying due to the bug we mentioned yesterday. That bug, by the way, involved an AT&T-specific addition to the software, meaning those of you upset by the two-week delay shouldn’t be blaming HTC or Microsoft. Mmm hmm.
It’s Saturday and we’re in the midst of a company picnic that involves copious amounts of alcohol and plenty of good old fashioned debauchery, but we thought we’d take the time to let all the BlackBerry lovers out there know that Canada’s Bell now allegedly has the BlackBerry Bold 9700 in its system. Upon seeing the handset in inventory, it’s easy to jump to conclusions and assume that the new Bold is about to ship to dealers (and that Bell’s HSPA network overlay is about to have its switch flicked). We should caution you though, that it’s pretty standard for all Bell devices to show up in the inventory system as many as four months ahead of launch. Translation: sit tight and keep the faith.
Following a tumultuous start, it looks like Sprint’s troubles with stocking and delivering BlackBerry Tour units are almost over. A series of three posts from Sprint’s twitter account suggest two shipments from RIM should allow the carrier to catch up with “strong demand”. One shipment apparently arrived this week and a second is scheduled for delivery early next week. Those who still haven’t been able to get their hands on RIM’s latest handset will hopefully accept Sprint’s apologies and sit tight for just a short while longer. We’re still not sure why the Tour was listed as in stock earlier this week when customers received backorder notices immediately after placing orders, but our guess is we’ll never know exactly what went wrong. The bottom line is these two Tour shipments should take care of everyone still waiting to snag a unit.
Hoping to avoid tomorrow’s lines at Apple and AT&T retail locations but still looking to bag yourself a new 3G S? Thanks to a MacRumors forum member, it might me easier than you think. Amacfa has obtained what he or she claims to be Best Buy Mobile’s complete iPhone 3G S inventory for tomorrow’s launch and has posted it as a public spreadsheet on Google Docs. While it is not known how many units are spoken for due to pre-orders, you will definitely be able to get a good idea of which stores in your area have a healthy 3G S inventory and which ones you’d be better off avoiding. Assuming the sheet is real, that is. Hit Best Buy’s site and use the store locator to determine the store numbers for your local Best Buy locations and then hit the read link to see what kind of inventory you’re going to be dealing with. Better act fast though — according to the sheet, Best Buy locations across the country will only have a total of 17,580 iPhone 3G S units on hand for launch day.
A picture of Best Buy’s inventory database just surfaced and it has us seriously scratching our heads. Three new devices, known only as Charlie 1, Charlie 2 and Charlie 3 are listed with nothing but a description that reads “Project Charlie”. While it would be very easy (and fun) to get ahead of ourselves and speculate that something ultra-secret is coming to AT&T and soon, the tipster that sent in the pics seems to think the Charlie’s are nothing more than a way to get the new iPhone into the system without tipping people off. It’s either that or Best Buy has given up on fighting inventory system leaks and is just having a bit of fun at the expense of us bloggers. But they wouldn’t, would they?
Just a few days ago, the Best Buy inventory system was updated to include Palm Pre accessories, one being the inductive touchstone charger. The charger was curiously listed with a May 10th, 2009 in stock date which cast some doubt on the authenticity and reliability of the information. Pre fans can all breathe a sigh of relief however, as the Best Buy inventory system has been updated to reflect a new in stock date for the touchstone charger – the now-familiar June 7th, 2009. Either someone within the Best Buy system is playing with us all or June 7th is indeed likely scheduled as the launch date for Palm Pre. We are hoping for the latter as Sprint and Palm need to get this phone out the door soon.