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    Exclusive: Palm Pre's Arrival at Verizon Shelved | Personal Technology | Financial Articles & Investing News | TheStreet.com

    SUNNYVALE, Calif. (TheStreet) -- Palm's (PALM Quote) Pre phone isn't making the cut at Verizon (VZ Quote).

    Pre, Palm's premier touch-screen smartphone, which has been an exclusive offering this year at Sprint (S Quote), had been scheduled to arrive at Verizon in January. But people close to the discussions say Verizon has decided not to support the Pre.
    The move would be a dramatic setback for the up-from-the-ashes Palm story. The company desperately needs to secure more telco partners to sell its flagship phone. In addition to Sprint, Palm has named only Bell Mobility in Canada and Telefonica's (TEF Quote) O2 units in the U.K. and Germany as its exclusive partners.

    Reached for comment on Verizon, a Palm representative says the company has never named Verizon as one of its partners.

    If the snub is true, the move would also be a reversal of Verizon's position in May, when wireless chief Lowell McAdam told investors the Pre was coming in six months.

    Verizon reps declined to comment.

    Sources did say that Verizon could be more delicate about the decision and order just a small amount of Pre phones with no intention of lending much marketing support.

    The reason for Verizon's change of heart on Palm has to do with several factors, say these sources. The fact that the Palm Pre has not been the blockbuster in sales that it was expected to be is one problem. To date, Sprint's fading No.3 status has not been compelling enough to get the Pre phone sales over the crucial 1 million-sold mark.

    Another snag is that Verizon wants VCast, its applications and mobile media download service, to be featured heavily on its phones. This is in direct conflict with Palm's app store, according to these sources.

    And another factor working against Palm is that Verizon wants to focus its support behind new phones from Research In Motion (RIMM Quote) and Motorola's (MOT Quote) Google (GOOG Quote) Android effort, says one person who is familiar with Verizon's product road map. The thinking is that Verizon isn't eager to tie up its resources to accommodate Palm's WebOS software.
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    If true, my guess is that Apple swooped in and paid VZ more than Sprint/Palm could and will carry the iphone instead.
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    Another reason I didn't like Verizon (left them to get the Pre), they just don't want customers to have a phone that we can actually control...
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    Verizon just doesn't want to support yet another open platform, they love to lock down their phones to sell Verizon-only apps and will already have their hands full Verizon-izing the Android OS.
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    Verizon would ruin the Pre and Palm won't allow that anyway...they are match made in hell. Palm should start talks with T-Mobile considering they might merge with Sprint anyway.
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    Bad buisiness for Verizon. Why limit yourself?
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    Sprint will be happy to hear this. Now maybe some of the people who were waiting for the phone to land on verizon will make the switch.
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    So far everybody's spot on. Verizon cripples their phones with their stuff. I'm sure they wanted to lock the GPS like they do with their other phones... That's why Verizon is doo doo...
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    Verizon = F A I L.
    Last edited by Young HoV 718; 09/24/2009 at 03:21 PM.
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    Bad news for Palm, but great new for Sprint!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Young HoV 718 View Post
    Verion = F A I L.
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    Just a thought.. Verizon might be getting the iphone next year. I don't think they are interested in the pre because of that. I probably wrong but just a thought.
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    It doesn't surprise me in the least.
    My Phone & My Wife's Phone Two Unlocked GSM Treo Pro's

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    Quote Originally Posted by KJ78 View Post
    If true, my guess is that Apple swooped in and paid VZ more than Sprint/Palm could and will carry the iphone instead.
    But I doubt it cause if the whole Verizon app store "VCast" or whatever they are calling it is against Palm's app store, then it would certainly be against the Apple iPhone.

    I'm sorry but Verizon is annoying like that. I have friends that have Verizon and they say that they have the navigation map that comes standard with all Blackberry phones but Verizon disables it from working cause they want you to download their own navi app and pay for theirs. That type of business model just doesn't work.

    If Verizon want the big name phones like the iPhone, Pre, etc, then they need to STOP making their own app store a must. That's just ridiculous. They are just basically going to make the SAME apps inhouse that's already available in the phone's app store. What are they going to do? Block every duplicating app?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Young HoV 718 View Post
    Verion = F A I L.
    attempt to spell = FAIL.. haha jk.
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    I wonder if verizon may consider the pixi instead since it lacks wifi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmyq9c View Post
    So far everybody's spot on. Verizon cripples their phones with their stuff. I'm sure they wanted to lock the GPS like they do with their other phones... That's why Verizon is doo doo...
    Verizon's service was very reliable for me, but I just felt so restricted with them. Fortunately it is easy to get into service mode in the LG phones so a few things could be tweaked, like turning on the silly mp3 player when Verizon originally had it deactivated. They wanted people to pay for their music store which I guess provided the player as well.

    I've had my Pre (and Sprint service) for about 6 weeks now, both my wife and I absolutely love the phone and I really love being able to do (most) of what I want with it. Glad I didn't decide to wait on Verizon.
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    I knew Verizon said they were getting the Pre back when it was launched just to keep people from switching to Sprint for it. Sneaky ******s.

    Even though the Pre on Verizon would probably be very successful, Palm would be in a better position to get a GSM Pre on AT&T.
    Palm Vx -> Treo 600 -> Treo 700p -> Centro -> Pre (Launch Phone 06/06/09) -> AT&T Pre Plus with Sprint EVDO swap -> Samsung Epic 4G w/ Froyo
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    This is why I never understood why everyone thinks VZ is great. Sure their coverage is awesome and plans aren't bad but the single fact that they handicap their phone's WAY more then makes up for their pro's IMO.

    As long as Sprint keep's it's current trend going I'll be on here for a long time.
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    Actually the business model seems to be working pretty well for Verizon. If all you care about is a sweet new flip phone every year or 2, Verizon works pretty well for you too.
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