Palm Pre Coming to Verizon “Early Next Year”


Contrary to previous rumors that Verizon Wireless wouldn’t carry the Palm Pre, a simple tweet confirmed the opposite, says BGR. The official Verizon Wireless twitter account posted the update on Friday morning, stating that the Pre is coming “early next year.” That info pretty much jives with the assumed six-month exclusive deal that Palm has with Sprint, as the Pre launched in the U.S. back in June. I remember sitting in line early on a Saturday morning with Tyler and then posting early impressions.

After sitting on the superphone sidelines for nearly a year — the BlackBerry Storm was probably the biggest launch for VZW in the last 12 months — the landscape is about to change. With what’s arguably the best network in the U.S., Verizon is about to bring some top handsets into play: the BlackBerry Storm 2, the Motorola Droid, and now the Palm Pre. This situation reminds me of something my math teacher used to tell me: Good handsets plus a good network equals great sales and increased market share. ;)

All jokes aside, I’m looking forward to what a Verizon Palm Pre will do for sales. I’ve said before that from an application standpoint, the Pre is a chicken-and-egg situation that needs quick resolution. Developers are targeting devices and platforms with a larger audience. If a handset is selling like hotcakes, you want your app on it because your potential audience is larger. But consumers may pass on devices with a limited application catalog, so the cycle continues. My hope is that with the Pre on Verizon, as well as other carriers around the world, sales cross over the 2 million unit mark by mid-2010. I think that’s the point we’ll start to see a strong interest in webOS from developers.


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