Sprint currently has a backlog of orders of the Touch Pro. Palm probably can provide Treo Pros at a good price as a backup.
Originally Posted by schnoid
The pre is not out. the OS is not out. Even when it is out, it will be a few months before we see it on Verizon or ATT/GSM with their much bigger large institutional buyer footprint. WM has been out for years in several improving iterations. I would expect large line institutional buyers would wait six months after it is out broadly on the bigger networks.
That is a year. Additionally the first device's marketing identity is not oriented toward large institutional business buyers.
The Pro on the other hand has been out for months in GSM. It has an operating system that is a known quantity in terms of security, applications and integration into a enterprise level systems.
While you and I think of IT as fast moving, in a ,of of corporate structure it can be among the slowest moving aspects. Integrating a new OS involves training of the the corporate IT people and lots of other hurdles inherent to institutions.
On top of that, as exciting as the PRE and new OS are, the company behind them is more financially weak than those backing other OS, and has a track record of support and follow-up that we can safely say is not great.
The carrier, Sprint lost a huge number of business clients with the Nextel debacle. The nextel buy was designed to try and get competitive with ATT and Verizon on business clients and it made things worse. They can't bank their remaining business share on one maker, that may get some big business traction in 9 to 15 months even if the device and OS wither the second coming.
There is nothing more rational then Sprint picking up the Pro now. They ave almost zero training to do themselves given the existing support material, teams and carrier system integration for the 800w , the extant WM user buyers have zero training and known expectations, and it is a nice refinement on the 800w, with more features, a more modern look, better battery life -- a key issue for business users -- thinner and with certain bugs addressed.
they probably waited until a tipping point with getting rid of the 800w backstock -- and also the fact that Sprint can not get enough Touch pros to satisfy demand.