The Palm Pre was released this morning, to reportedly and intentionally understated fanfare.   Palm has been reported as saying that their initially small inventory in stores made non-promotion a smart tactic as they apparently wanted to avoid the huge lines and problems experienced in the last two iPhone launches. The earliest reported line for […]
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Palm Pre Goes On Sale, Generates Little Lines With Apparently Little Inventory

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The Palm Pre was released this morning, to reportedly and intentionally understated fanfare.   Palm has been reported as saying that their initially small inventory in stores made non-promotion a smart tactic as they apparently wanted to avoid the huge lines and problems experienced in the last two iPhone launches.

The earliest reported line for the Pre started at 5am EDT in New York City at the flagship Sprint store in New York’s Flatiron Building – a far cry from the people who waited for days in line for the iPhone 3G.   Reported inventory levels seemed to be mostly in the single digits in non-Sprint stores and lower double-digits in Sprint stores.

But what does this say?  Can the apparent lack of enthusiasm for the Pre be more attributed to a lack of demand for the phone itself, a lack of promotion, or the economy?   The obvious answer may lie in the rumored release of a new iPhone; if a new model is indeed in the cards, then that release day may tell us a great deal more.

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