So, as a customer of Verizon I was pretty happy to hear that the Palm Pre would be coming along in 2010. According to a new article on PCWorld, that might not be happening.
Now not going into the argument of whether or not the device will actually manage to make it onto the network, I feel personally this is just another sign of Palm’s inability to market a product effectively. I love Palm, and it is one of the technologies I used to follow when I started writing on this blog several years ago. Now, Palm is slipping away. I had strong hopes that they would be able to salvage themselves with the Palm Pre, but instead of marketing it on a network everyone likes, they went with Sprint. To top that all off, the marketing campaign was mediocre at best.
So what is going wrong with Palm? I love their devices and prefer them over PocketPCs, but why have they made so many missteps? I imagine 20 years from now Palm will be considered like Atari, something that had a huge market, lost it, and then tried to come back only to fail again. What Palm needs to do now is release either the Pre or a new, awesome device on either Verizon or possible AT&T. Only those networks get any attention from the mass market.
Hopefully Palm will be able to get their act together. I love using my Palm Centro, and it would be a shame not to be able to get another one.