07/21/2011, 12:17 PM
I can almost be certain that HP wants a Pre3 on Sprint, especially since they are making a CDMA unit for verizon anyways. The largest contingent of webos users still remains on sprint, and there are many android users on sprint who will switch back to webos given that sprint makes available any new webos hardware. If HP wants to grow webos, there is nothing better than the die hard existing user base that will basically act as "ambassadors" of webos, marketing the platform to friends, family and others for FREE.
So i have came up with a proposed solution that i think would satisfy everyone (sprint, hp, webos users), and hope for some feedback as to whether this is possible.
HP should make available a CDMA Pre3 that is "unlocked" or whatever the equivalent may be on the CDMA side since "unlocked" phones apply only to GSM. Maybe a Pre3 that is not flashed with Verizon specific software. Or maybe that allows customers to "webos quickinstall" or "webos doctor" a sprint specific OS, to their device. Or heck just sell one with sprint specific software. You get the point just a pre 3 that can function normally on sprint.
Next part, is to use HP's leverage to strike some kind of deal where sprint will allow activation of a phone ESN that is not in their system. Im not talking about any phone out there, obviously sprint will not do that. make it an unadvertised exception to just the PRE3. And the phone must be purchased form HP or any avenue outside of sprint.
This way sprint does not have to sell the phone, and does not even have to support the phone through their tech support, or even sell insurance on it. It will be like a "use at your own risk" and since we are not buying the phone subsidized from sprint, no one is under contract which otherwise will require sprint to provide some level of support.
This will not be any big advertised thing, all it takes is a memo on sprints part to employees, to allow the pre3 to be activated on the network. Since sprint is not selling or supporting the phone or even insuring the phone, it does not have to worry about any costs or problems that it faced with the original pre (even though those issues have been resolved).
Everybody is happy. Sprint, HP, and WebOS users. sounds good right?