I was at Radio Shack today looking at their selection of Sprint phones and they brought out the Kyocera/Sanyo Echo. I mentioned to the store manager that I am interested in the Pre 3 and the possibility of it launching on Sprint. He stated that Sprint will not get the Pre 3 due to the fiasco with the original Pre. This started to make me think about recent events and wonder how much trouble HP is having lining up distribution of the Pre 3.
The mobile market is one where I don't think HP has much leverage as historically they haven't been a major player. Secondly, their most recent offering, the Pre 2, is like a new movie that went straight to video; it is only at Verizon in the USA and not in all stores and definitely not being promoted by Big Red.
Sprint has gone all Android in their attempt to gain new subscribers and may have decided to take a pass on the Pre 3 or wait to see how it sells on Verizon due to their past issues with the Pre - and how it turned out to be a liability rather than a solid performer like the EVO or Epic.
It has been two months HP's unveiling event and their current efforts are to make the media rounds to continue to keep the Pre 3 & Webos in the public's eye but with no mention of carrier or dates. This brings me back to distribution issues and the possibility that the Pre 3 may launch on Verizon and HP's website. I know that HP likes to comment that this is a "marathon and not a sprint" but, at some point, they have to start running and be perceived as a contender.
What is your perception of HP and their ability to become a contender in the mobile marketplace?