I guess there are times when a company shouldn’t let CEOs speak. I’m thinking this is one of those times. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse appeared on the Charlie Rose show and when asked how well the Palm Pre was doing vs Apple’s iPhone he had this to say:
It’s-it’s doing well, but you can almost put the iPhone, to be fair, in a separate category. The Apple brand and that device have done so well, it’s almost not… it’s like comparing someone to Michael Jordan.
Granted that may be true, but Dan’s supposed to be the head cheerleader isn’t he?
Let me give Dan some talking points for his next interview.
- We’re making progress. Apple’s partner, AT&T continues to be plagued by network problems. They’re supposedly making upgrades to the network but we’ve been hearing that for some time now. For many iPhone users it is not the experience they signed on for.
- The Palm Pre allows you to run multiple applications at the same time. Much like other phones have done for some time. Apple still hasn’t found a way to do this yet on the iPhone.
- Why we hope our customers will upgrade every two years or so to the latest technology, the Palm Pre allows our customers to get more life out of their phones because the user can buy an extra battery and extend the life of the device when the battery eventually begins to lose its effectiveness. Apple iPhone users have no choice but to upgrade their handset. (He did mention that developments in battery technology were one of the things holding mobile advances back.)
Those are just a few. I’m sure there are more.