AT&T Cancels U.S. Orders for HP Pre 3
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 24 or so hours, you would know that HP decided to can the webOS-powered HP TouchPad as well as webOS powered smartphones. It seems that the company will not start to explore the possibility of licensing the software out to hardware manufacturers like HTC, Samsung and others.
We also heard that production of these devices would stop in Q4 of 2011. That sort of, kind of, has left the window open for a possible HP Pre 3 release here in the United States. It’s still unclear if it will ever arrive here, we don’t recommend buying it if it does, but if it somehow makes it to the shores of America, it’s not going to be making it to AT&T.
AT&T and Verizon had been the front-runners for the Pre 3 but according to an internal document procured by webOSroundup, AT&T has rather unsurprisingly canceled orders for HP’s Pre 3.
No explanation was given but we’re pretty sure it has to do with the fact that HP killed support for webOS hardware yesterday.
So, for those of you who were hoping that it would still arrive on a U.S. carrier, you’re probably out of luck unless some sort of miracle occurs. And even then, why would you want one?
08/20/2011 at 11:40 am
I had several Palm Treos in the past and other than relatively weak cameras, I thought they were great. Palm OS was simple & straight forward, synced my contacts/calendar to my PC & had a touch screen long before it was trendy … I hope it sticks around in some form.
08/21/2011 at 4:59 am
I’m wondering where did you get your sources? I just received an email on August 19 directly from HP ( I’m a developer) and HP’s exact words stated “We will continue to support, innovate and develop the webOS App Catalog.” “Our intent is to enhance our merchandising and presentation of your great products and to continue to build our webOS app ecosystem.” Who says they are not pursuing licensing? I really hope you are not just speculating because this is the type of propaganda that contributed to HP’s failure to sell Touchpad’s in the first place.
08/21/2011 at 6:34 am
“I really hope you are not just speculating because this is the type of propaganda that contributed to HP’s failure to sell Touchpad’s in the first place.”
No propaganda necessary. This was a hatchet job by Leo Apotheker and the board. 6 months between product announcements and actual sales? Lackadaisical marketing? Putting the Pre 3 up for sale the day before discontinuing everything? Calling this amateur hour would be giving them credit for trying. Mark Hurd would have never allowed this to happen.
08/22/2011 at 1:39 am
Firing Mark Hurd was really dumb–for real
It was really, really, really, really so dumb
So dumb, so dumb, so dumb, so
– Sung to the tune of Bed Intruder
08/22/2011 at 7:12 am
He’s climbing your corporate ladder,
He’s snatchin’ your profits up.
Tryin’ to downsize… so hide your phone, hide your pad
Hide your phone.. Hide your pad.
‘Cause they downsizn’ e’rybody out there.