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Sprint sold less Pre and Pixi handsets than expected

Palm has been trying to turn its smartphone fortunes around with webOS devices like the Pre and the new Pixi. The problem in many eyes is that the innovative features webOS devices offered when first seen in January 2009 at CES were common on other smartphones once Palm finally got around to launching the Pre.

The launch of the Pixi running webOS in October gave Palm a less expensive smartphone for consumers to consider, but didn’t help Palm gain as much as it had hoped. Palm has reported a larger than expected quarterly loss for fiscal Q2 after revealing that Sprint has sold less of the Pre and Pixi handsets than Palm expected.

Palm shares dropped 7.7% in trading after the news was reported. Palm also reported a larger than expected loss of 37 cents per share compared to the analyst predictions of a 32 cents per share loss.

Palm is pointing the finger at other devices available on the Sprint network like Android phones from HTC and Samsung for the less than expected demand for its smartphones. Palm says that it shipped 783,000 smartphone units over the quarter, which is up 41% compared to last year. However, only 573,000 of the phones shipped ended up in consumer hands meaning that Sprint has a huge stockpile of the devices sitting in its stores unsold.

The introduction of the Pixi also drove the average selling price of a Palm handset from the $427 point last quarter to $375 this quarter. Palm still maintains that it will reach its predicted fiscal 2010 revenue forecast of $1.6 to $1.8 billion. Analysts are wondering when Palm will break the Pre and Pixi free of the less popular Sprint network and move it to other more popular networks.

Analyst Shaw Wu from Kaufman Bros. said, "Number one, when do they sign more carriers beyond Sprint here in the U.S? At what time can they leverage their spending?"

The smartphone market is very competitive and a new report issued this week found that Microsoft's Windows Mobile is the only OS in the smartphone realm losing marketshare. The report also has the iPhone in second place overall with RIM in the clear lead in the market.

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I'd buy one
By djc208 on 12/18/2009 12:17:35 PM , Rating: 2
But I can't have a camera phone at work and they don't offer non-camera options for either the Pre or Pixi. The only non-camera smartphone option out there is Blackberry and I can't bring myself to buy a Blackberry when I could get a Pre for the same price (or less).

Seriously though, while I have Sprint and have been satisfied with them it's in Palm's best interest to get onto other brands as well. I would agree that they need to re-tool their marketing campain and push the benefits of the WebOS. The app thing needs to be remedied quickly too.

The big advantage I see over WebOS and the iPhone over the Android phones is that the OS support should be better over the long run. A Pre should be expected to continue to get OS updates into future generations like the iPhones. I'm worried that the Android OS will end up fractured like with the Windows Mobil OS where many times the only way to get the new version is on a new phone. While most people replace their phone every two or so years it's still nice to know you don't have to just to get fixes and updates you should have gotten on your current phone.

RE: I'd buy one
By Flunk on 12/18/2009 12:40:25 PM , Rating: 2
Buy one and yank the camera, it's very easy. It's preitty close to impossible to find a smart phone without a camera these days anyway.

RE: I'd buy one
By retrospooty on 12/19/2009 9:41:21 AM , Rating: 2
If you work in a secure environment, you can't just rip out the camera.

Sure you can theoretically do it, but for a company or govt. lab to ask who knows how many security guards inspecting everyones phones on the way in every day to make sure the camera function doesn't work on dozens of different models that people might do this on isn't realistic and wont ever happen. They have to go by simple rules that can be easily enforced at inspection... and the rules are simple - no cameraphone models, period.

RE: I'd buy one
By mcnabney on 12/18/2009 12:41:25 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't expect any more WebOS updates after Palm files for bankruptcy next quarter. I think Android has the brightest future. Have you noticed that the Android App store has doubled from 10k to 20k programs in the last 45 days? With the avalanche of Android devices slated for 2010 it is going to turn into a decent market with three strong competitors (Apple, RIM, and Google). Palm will drop next and WM will become less and less relevant.

RE: I'd buy one
By cludinsk on 12/18/2009 2:56:24 PM , Rating: 2
yeah, kind of sad how palm frittered away a lead in handhelds which should have translated to a lead in smartphones. the pre/pixi is probably their last hurrah.

RE: I'd buy one
By aqwan135 on 12/20/2009 7:56:59 PM , Rating: 1

fr ee sh i pp ing

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RE: I'd buy one
By aqwan135 on 12/20/09, Rating: -1
"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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