More Wordplay with Palm Pre Exclusivity

First, Verizon kicked Sprint in the money-maker by stating “over the next six months or so you will see devices like Palm Pre” on the Verizon Wireless network. Note, “devices like Palm Pre” is akin to saying “beverages like Coca-Cola,” so no definitive claim there. Sprint responded with “We have the Pre through 2009.” Okay, but it doesn’t really dispute a claim of “six months or so.”

Today, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse tried to put all questions to rest by stating:


Both Palm and Sprint have agreed not to discuss the length of the exclusivity deal. But I can tell you it’s not six months.

No doubt about it. Definitely not six months. So, seven months? Eight months? Six months and a day? Less than six months? The alternate possibilities are literally endless.

Seriously guys, I understand why no one wants to make any rock-solid, definitive statements on this, but this dodginess isn’t good for anyone except Verizon, and even they risk throwing ice water on customer decisions to upgrade their phones. Coupled with the expected initial shortage, this leads me to suspect Sprint will not get nearly as much benefit from the Pre as they desperately need.