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  1.    #1  
    hopefully this isn't a duplicate. I didn't find it in sesrching. I see this as great news for palm, webOS, and the expansion of webOS phones:


    http://m.crn.com/showArticle.jhtml;j...leID=226100090
    Last edited by Workerb33; 07/21/2010 at 03:53 PM.
  2.    #2  
    Here is the first part of the article:
    HP Plots Smartphone Channel Power Play

    2010-07-21 15:31:00.0
    By Scott Campbell Joseph F. Kovar
    Hewlett-Packard is building a new channel program that will bring its recently acquired Palm smartphone and smart device portfolio to market via solution providers, CRN has learned.
    Stephen DiFranco, vice president and general manager, Solution Partners Organization (SPO), Americas, for HP, said in an interview with CRN Wednesday that he has asked Tom LaRocca, HP vice president, marketing and strategy, SPO, to build the new program in support of the computer giant's $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm, which was finalized this month. LaRocca oversees HP's PartnerOne channel program.

    "Our intention is to bring a fully serviceable set of services to the consumer and commercial markets based on the Palm OS," DiFranco said. "Which apps are chosen and eventually deployed are the result of negotiations and conversations with the Palm team. I’m sure we will have consumer and commercial applications and to work with plug-ins. Palm, even before we acquired them, had a plug-in with Salesforce.com. We will continue down that road."

    DiFranco said the Palm deal gives "resellers the opportunity to offer a franchise that includes mobile devices that are secure on the network." That's a powerful sales proposition for solution providers who are anxious to play in the smartphone market.

    "To a reseller doing data center, I can have a practice with Palm devices from HP because that device can be managed and secured through the data center," said DiFranco. "One of our competitors in the phone business does a good job selling devices in corporate environments. But they’re not coming from a channel world. Now you have a company from the channel to have a device that has a smart enough OS to shut down if the device is lost or stolen. Now you can start to go out to customers with that."

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    The Palm unit is a part of HP's Personal Systems Group. But HP is expected to make its Palm technology widely available across its product portfolio. Furthermore, HP has vowed to make its Palm products available to its full partner network.
    That was on Page 2. I can't wait until they get the ball rolling... And start making consumer-related announcements...
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    It's not too late for HP to have a smash hit on their hands. I'm guessing that HP has had some serious late night discussions recently since purchasing Palm. With apparently several tablets (pads, slates) coming, along with a new handset, the future looks bright for Palm lovers. For Apple lovers, not so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PREferred View Post
    It's not too late for HP to have a smash hit on their hands. I'm guessing that HP has had some serious late night discussions recently since purchasing Palm. With apparently several tablets (pads, slates) coming, along with a new handset, the future looks bright for Palm lovers. For Apple lovers, not so much.
    things look even better for apple lovers... They still have a great product, plus competition.. Excluding antenna issues, look at how many features the competition forced apple to add to it's phone...
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    Quote Originally Posted by nimer55 View Post
    things look even better for apple lovers... They still have a great product, plus competition.. Excluding antenna issues, look at how many features the competition forced apple to add to it's phone...
    very true
  7.    #7  
    I'm just glad to see them leveragin.g their corporate sales force just to push webOS and smartphones...
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    I believe Palm is the only one smartphone iin the market that could off-line rip off all the data.
    It is interesting that HP repackage the "activate profile " feature to "Security" and sell it to Corp users.

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