Palm’s recent situation has caused quite a bit of Sprint bashing: if the Palm Pre had launched on Verizon, blah, blah. While I can fully understand the annoyedness of Palm stockholders, I think that Sprint is not the culprit.

We must keep one thing in mind at all times: when the Pre launched, Palm was considered dead meat!

Verizon, AT&T et al would have kicked their a$$es out of the front and back doors when suggesting a new product there. For them, Sprint was the only company which was willing to wager a bet with their new product…and it actually worked out decently well for them. Bad advertising did of course take its share at f%%king up the launch, as did the insane delays and quality problems. However, these issues are in no way Sprint’s alone – and are, in fact, more of a problem of Palm than of Sprint.

For me, Sprint plays an integral role in the success of Palm: keep in mind that many (Japanese) manufacturers manage to make a living off a single (Japanese) carrier. Given a lean organizational structure, Palm could live off Sprint alone! Pissing them off thus is not a good idea…

For me, Sprint is not part of the problem, but rather part of the solution – what do you guys think?

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2 Responses to “Palm: stop the Sprint bashing ASAP”

  1. Palm should have gone for a 3 month exclusive with Sprint then moved to Verizon and beat the Droid out of the gate.

    Another thing that would have helped is launching 1-2 months after announcing the Pre at CES in 2009… instead of 6 months later.

  2. Hi,
    as for the delay: I second that!

    All the best
    Tam Hanna

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