It’s not exactly the biggest shocker, but Sprint has lowered the contract price of the Palm Pixi to $0. To get this deal you’ll need to order the phone online as the extra $149.99 in savings are through a web special. You can try your luck at physical Sprint dealerships, but there are no guarantees they’ll do a price match. Having said that, we don’t think it’d be too hard to talk a Sprint rep into letting you have one for nothing considering most are eager to clear out their inventory. Anyway… What’s the deal with the Pre still being $149.99?
Take this with the usual grain of salt, but according to TechCrunch’s sources, Palm is about to undergo a huge shake-up and CEO John Rubinstein might just get the axe. Rubinstein became the CEO of Palm in October of 2007 after leaving his job with Apple as the senior VP of the iPod devision. The problem is that Rubinstein and his team have simply been unable to move its webOS devices ,with carriers practically giving them away and retailers turning their backs on them. With its debt mounting day by day and potential suitors dropping like flies, it seems to us Palm would be wise to lose some of its dead weight in an effort to make itself more attractive to buyers. You know, like maybe take on a CEO with a business degree?
Palm has not yet responded to calls for comments.
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.
You know those God awful Palm Pre ads you haven’t been able to escape from for the past year? Well it looks like they’re going to go away for good because it has been revealed that Palm has cut all ties with Modernista, the advertising agency that created the terrible spots. No word yet who or what Palm with be going with for its next ad push, but we can’t imagine it could get any worse.
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Yesterday, many Palm Pre owners were treated to an OS update that spanned the globe, except, unfortunately Verizon Wireless subscribers were left out. Luckily for you Palm-fanatics on Verizon, Verizon Wireless Pre Plus and Pixi Plus users are now free to get their webOS 1.4 freak on. Don’t forget to let us know how you’re loving that brand new update. More →
We envy every single Pre/Pixi user this morning, because for our money, we can’t think of a more enjoyable way to start the day than installing a software update for our beloved smartphone. And that’s just what those lucky devils will be doing because overnight Palm pushed out webOS 1.4. There’s a whole lotta awesome packed into this update, but we think we can sum it up in a few words: bug fixes, Flash support and video capture. Good stuff.
UPDATE: Looks like it is not currently available for Verizon Palm users yet. More →
Palm may be facing its most difficult challenge this year as analysts evaluate the early success of webOS and make their predictions about the future of this fledgling platform. One of the first analysts to weigh in decidedly against Palm is Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst Vivek Arya who downgraded Palm from buy to underperform and issued a rather stinging assessment in a recent research note:
“Palm’s superior platform features have not translated into sufficient carrier support and consumer demand, and we are concerned the window of opportunity may be closing as Google’s Android ecosystem gains ground, [Research In Motion] revitalizes its portfolio, iPhone increases its presence, and as Microsoft reboots its efforts with Windows Phone 7. With only $130 million of net cash in an opex intensive space, Palm’s options may be limited in our view.”
According to Arya, Palm is slipping in multiple areas with an ad campaign that is too expensive to sustain, a distribution channel with Verizon Wireless in which the webOS devices play second fiddle to the flagship DROID and BlackBerry smartphones, and the addition of AT&T and T-Mobile as carriers in a move that may be too little, too late. The picture he paints is rather bleak and it will be interesting to see if other analysts chime in similarly on Palm. Rather than wait for these over-paid stuffed shirts analysts to pontificate on Palm, we want to know your thoughts on Palm and what you think the remainder of 2010 may hold for the struggling company. Would new hardware get you excited? More →
The rumored February 15th date for the rollout of webOS 1.4 has come and gone with nary a sighting of the latest OS offering from Palm. Now that the tentative launch date has slipped, another tentative launch date has popped up to take its place. This second rumored date reportedly comes from a source within Verizon Wireless who claims that webOS 1.4 will now rollout on February 25th. Palm did say that webOS 1.4 was expected to arrive in February so this new date sounds highly plausible and if it turns out to be wrong you always have your choice of February 26th, 27th or 28th. Let’s hope Palm can get this update out the door within its proposed time frame; if it slips into March, Palm may have some explaining to do. More →
One of our solid Palm connects just dropped something pretty interesting in our inbox… More →
According to an OTR Global report, three different sources have confirmed that all future orders of the Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus are being suspended as of Wednesday. One of the sources said, “The decision is very sudden, and Foxconn was told to reduce all February Pre forecast to zero on Wednesday and nobody knows whether shipment will resume in March.” We have to be honest, we are pretty baffled by this report. Is Palm being bought by another company? Is this the sign of new hardware — even though the Pre Plus just came out? Let us know what you think in the comments. We will report more as it becomes available. Hit the jump for the breaking news report!
We can’t help but feel a bit bad for all of the Palm Pre and Pixi owners on Sprint considering the recent arrival of Verizon’s Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, but their frowns might have good reason to turn upside down really soon. According to a screen capture posted to PreCentral’s forums by a Sprint employee, both the Pre and Pixi will be getting some software lovin’ on the 15th, one day after their owners (hopefully) got some love of different kind. The update is said to be webOS 1.4 which will bring enhancements to phonebook transfers, messaging, and calendars as well as, and this is a biggie, video recording and editing. Translation: Sprint webOS fans will have reason to feel all warm and fuzzy about their devices again. You know, until Verizon gets the update and the game starts all over.
We want to get some feedback from you guys on how many of you either bought or are planning to buy a Palm Pre Plus or Palm Pixi Plus now that they’re available on Verizon. More →
Sprint’s seven month run as the exclusive carrier of Palm’s webOS handsets has come to an end as the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus are now available from Verizon Wireless. Verizon customers interested in the refreshed devices can score the Palm Pre Plus for $149.99 after a $100 mail in rebate and a two year agreement and the Pixi Plus for $99 after a $100 mail in rebate and a two year agreement. Folks that shun a long-term commitment can grab the Pre Plus for $219.99 after a $100 mail in rebate and a one year agreement or $599 for full retail. The Pixi Plus comes in slightly lower with a price tag of $169.99 after a $100 mail in rebate and a one year agreement or $399 for full retail. Anyone going to take the plunge?