12/15/2010, 09:00 AM
When the P2 was first announced, then quietly released in France, there was a lot of buzz about Verizon being the US launch partner. Dec. 8th was bandied about as a likely date. Demo units were showing up. It appeared in the rebate catalog. Training manuals were appearing everywhere. Then, the date certain mysteriously changed to soon, or in the coming months, and all when silent and dark.
From that moment, I have believed that VZ sobered up. After a night of drinking and debauchery, they woke up and found themselves in bed with Palm. They quickly grabbed their clothes and ran, screaming, from the room. They thought they had slipped into Apple's room, but Palm slipped them a roofy.
Palm had to go all the way to France to find new beta testers. Heck, Ruby doesn't even talk about the P2 in interviews unless asked by the interviewer. I think they just want it to go away.