OK, so it's not an instant lifesaver. The Pre will live and die with an exclusive Sprint contract for a few months. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Palm is probably kicking its anthropomorphic self right now for signing that exclusivity clause into a contract with the third-largest network -- when the biggest boy on the block clearly wants what Palm has to offer.
There's also the matter of pushing the Pre's original release date all the way back to June after a paper launch in early January. Now, the supposed Apple
Still, I'm expecting the initial batch of Pre phones to fly off Sprint shelves and into the hands of Palm fans camping outside the store doors. That might be enough to keep the train a-rolling until a larger network with about twice the number of Sprint's customers comes along on a white horse. And AT&T
But the real question is this: will the Pre really be so impressive that it can impress smartphone buyers six months from now? With easy access to the iPhone 3.0, a gaggle of upcoming Google
The proof is in the pudding, of course. Let's see what you've got, Palm!
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