The sale of Palm Pre and Pixi handsets have not quite met expectations. A report on Softpedia reveals popular analyts’ speculation that the company plans to bail itself out of this situation by launching a WiMAX handset on Sprint.
However, not everyone thinks this is a possibility. Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney says a new WiMAX model will be poor leverage for the existing product portfolio of Palm and the company has to focus more on competing better with the iPhone and Nexus One. Dulaney says
“Palm needs to first and foremost build a phone that looks like the iPhone and the Nexus One and get rid of the Pre’s [physical] keyboard. Making it thin would be great with a touch screen that’s 3.7 in. to 4.3 in. They have to hit the next home run here.”
Neither Palm nor Sprint have commented on the speculations.
The Google Phone could soon be made available on AT&T and Sprint’s 3G networks. If rumors are to be believed, work on this is already happening behind the scenes.
Documents submitted to FCC recently have offered indications of the Nexus One becoming available on AT&T’s 3G network soon. If you are wondering if this is something that is already possible, here is a clarification : Unlocked version of Nexus One is available for $529. However, you cannot use the device to access internet via AT&T or Sprint’s 3G networks. The device can only access the 3G network from T-Mobile. Users who do unlock the device can only access internet via AT&T’s Edge or 2.5G networks.
While partnership with AT&T appears likely after documents submitted to FCC, the speculations about Sprint remain sketchy though. Folks at Gizmodo write that they received the following response when they contacted Sprint for a Nexus One handset
Thank you for contacting Sprint regarding the nexus one.Unfortunately, this handset model is not on offer as of now.Once it is launched, you will see promotional campaigns related to thelaunch date, cost and the features of the handset on our Web site andother promotional media.Thank you for showing interest in our products & services. Please let usknow if you would like us to assist you with anything else.
Not very convincing, but sure gives an indication that something’s cooking.