We all knew the new Palm Pre 2 was in the works. But according to some reports, the new Palm phone may not be launching on Sprint. Instead, Verizon Wireless, the largest CDMA carrier in the United States is said to be prepping itself up for the launch of the next generation Palm phone. The reports further suggest that Palm’s earlier statement that Pre 2 was being launched “in coming months” could be kind of misleading since the device could be launching as early as November 11.
If true, the launch could be very much a gamble for Palm (and Hewlett Packard, the company’s new owner). The launch is surely in time for the holiday shopping season in the United States when a lot of gadget buying happens. But this is also going to be the time when a slew of new Android handsets launch that could effectively rival the Palm Pre 2. Add to this the other rumor that Apple may be launching a CDMA iPhone during the same period. With several new handsets on Verizon alone, it is to be seen how the carrier plans to distribute its marketing budget across its portfolio.