Here is a summary of a later post from webosworld (dated Nov 2010) that maintains that HP was responsible for Sprint dropping Pre2 with a planned Nov 2010 release for the Pre 3.
Summarized below (with link at the bottom):
1) the C40 was the Pre2, in development by Palm before the buyout along with another keyboard phone
2) Sprint was testing these Palm devices and was planning to debut the C40 (Pre2) in Nov 2010 (presumably simultaneously with AT&T although blog doesn't say this) but then HP developed the Pre3 which caused Sprint to drop the Pre2 for the Pre3, in hopes of broadening Palm market. The Pre3 was not ready for Nov, therefore Sprint delayed release.
3) HP then cut a deal with Verizon to take the already manufactured CDMA Pre2 and debut it in Nov. This would be the product cycle that Rubenstein says he missed as Sprint dropped out of Nov Pre2 for Pre3 and Verizon delayed Nov Pre2 until Feb 2011.
(this also might mean Verizon got the phones for cheap so they took it as it was not so much of a risk for them but this is just my speculation)*
4) Interestingly, the blog entry dated Nov says the Pre3 has a 4G radio. I wonder if this was taken out in Nov/Dec as Sprint started to mull its 4G strategy.
Separately, Precentral published a link that VZW was testing 4G HP device. This could be part of the package that is intriguing the Verizon CTO. Could Verizon go back to the originally planned Nov schedule with a 4G device?
ps I am presuming HP can get the hardware right but the software and apps seem to be the wild cards.
How long does it generally take to develop some strong apps to anchor these devices?
Hmmn, speculating here....early Oct is the time that Ben and Dion left. I wonder if they left once Sprint delayed release and they realized there was no path for current customers who are largely Sprint customers. The Nov dev day was designed to help take devs to the new device and framework, yes? So the devs would move on but would not have any customers as the Pre2 software was not compatible with the old devices. This may have been obvious as far back as Oct. which is why the team heads left to start their own businesses. [Rahul Sood left also in mid Nov, it may have taken him a few weeks longer to land the new post]
But the remaining Palm may have been carried by the HP momentum and unable to square with its past. The best it could do was to try to make some backwards compatible solution and that was abandoned shortly before Feb 9th in an exec level decision that did not filter down to the troops.
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