The HP Pre 3 is the first high-end webOS-powered smartphone to be developed after HP purchased Palm. And while it’s still not available in the US, it is coming soon, and, HP hopes, will put webOS back on the map, so to speak.
Sprint was the launch partner for the original Pre, a device that was supposed to help Palm become a major player in the smartphone space yet again. We all know how well that turned out for Palm, with the company having to sell itself to HP and all that. And Sprint’s relationship with Palm (and webOS products) has been also affected by that original contract, it seems. Sure, the carrier has switched to Android for its high-end smartphones in the meantime, but for it the Pre was a big disappointment.
Similarly, for Palm (now part of HP), the relationship with Sprint was disappointing because it didn’t usher in any spectacular sales (although that may have had more to do with the quality of its product), and the fact that Sprint got a six-month exclusivity meant that Palm wasn’t able to launch the Pre on Verizon soon enough after seeing how sales on Sprint were going.
So it’s not at all unexpected that Sprint will not carry the HP Pre 3, nor other webOS devices for the foreseeable future. That is exactly what This is my next found out from a reliable source, and it kind of makes sense. It’s unclear which company decided to actually end the relationship, but suffice to say that I don’t think the other company was at all saddened by the decision.
However, Pre users and webOS lovers who have Sprint as their carrier may be saddened. And angered. They now face the tough choice of carrier vs. platform. They can’t have both anymore.
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