Observations: Devices – October 7, 2010

Standard disclaimer: don’t take from my selections, ordering, headlines, etc. any indications of the interests or plans of my employer (if you do, you’ll undoubtedly be disappointed when they don’t play out.)

10 Responses to “Observations: Devices – October 7, 2010”

  1. Russ says:

    Sheep Dog – this guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Sprint still owns about as much of Clearwire as Verizon owns of Verizon Wireless, so we’re far from exiting the partnership. The decision to leave the board follows a Supreme Court ruling in American Needle vs. the NFL. Most folks have focused on the meaning of the case for football and other sports, but from what I understand it is also meaningful for corporations (like Sprint) who own large stakes in competitors (like Clearwire). This article explains it: http://kansascity.bizjournals.com/kansascity/stories/2010/09/27/daily40.html
    If the writer had done his homework he wouldn’t be reaching such foolish conclusions.

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  3. Phi says:

    Now that the HTC Pro 7 has been announced for Sprint, do you know if the phone will require an everything data plan? It seems that this phone is geared more towards business users. I’m hoping it will be a viable upgrade path for me (on F&F800 using the HTC Touch Pro2).

  4. Russ says:

    Phi – I don’t have a definitive answer, but I would guess this will be one of the devices that requires an Everything Data plan or equivalent. Sorry.

  5. Hi, Russ!

    In the realm of devices for Sprint, there is some discussion over in the Sprint Community Forums about the new Palm Pre II coming out in France, Canada, and the US.


    Your loyal customers at Sprint went through the initial introduction of the Palm Pre at Sprint and acted essentially as the Beta Testers for what has turned out to be a very good OS on fragile hardware.

    Some of those mechanical problems were fixed in the Palm Pre Plus – but the Palm Pre Plus never made it to Sprint’s customers.

    Now there is a third generation Palm Pre, the Palm Pre II, becoming available. It fixes more of the mechanical problems, and those of us using our original Palm Pre devices are looking forward to the beefed-up model.

    Thing is, Sprint doesn’t appear to be getting the Palm Pre II…

    Are we expected to continue to replace our older Palm Pre devices with the same old Palm Pre instead of the newest model?

    That really doesn’t feel fair.

    We’d like the newer Palm Pre II to be available at Sprint so we don’t have to go to Big Red for it.

    Thanks for listening.


  6. Russ says:

    Thanks for the input Tom.

  7. Christopher Tilley says:

    I moved to Sprint because of the Palm Pre and Webos and like most people love the OS.

    Sprint needs to come clean and either say that they’re dropping Webos or that they’re committed to the platform. That way, people will have a path forward and can make an informed choice on staying with Sprint or not.

    At the moment, I don’t think that Sprint is committed to the platform and so I need to consider my options about staying with them or not.

  8. Russ says:

    Christopher – information about future device releases is a tightly held secret. I honestly don’t know if we’re planning on releasing future WebOS products. I do know that our smartphone strategy is centered on Android. We obviously continue to support other operating systems, but you’ll see the greatest number of choices and strongest support for Android.

    Like you, I was hooked on WebOS when the Pre came out. A few months later I was given a Moment demo device and decided I needed to see what all the Android fuss was about. After a month I realized that if I didn’t switch back to WebOS soon, I’d never go back because of the wealth of applications available on Android. I loved the WebOS user interface, so I switched back. A few months later I had a hardware issue with the Pre. I switched back again to the Moment until I could get the Pre fixed. I’ve never gone back, and to be honest, I struggle to remember what I gave up. Once I adjusted to how to interact with Android, the experience is no issue at all, and the variety of things I can easily do with my Moment seems to grow everyday.

    I’m guessing you’ll find that other carriers that offer WebOS phones will similarly be more committed to other platforms.

  9. Well, Sprint may be saying good bye to it’s Palm Pre customers who are, uh, “dedicated” to the OS and their investment in associated software and hardware – Sprint’s Palm Pre 1.0 verson has apparently reached EOL, and has been quietly and unceremoniously dropped from the Sprint store on-line.

    We really do need Sprint to examine importing other carrier’s Palm Pre’s onto Sprint plans – I’m sure the Sprint approved version of WebOS would be an easy install…

    Sad to see the device and operating system introduced to the the world by Sprint now only available elsewhere.

    Take care,

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