That childish company is none other than Palm Inc., while the other victimized company having it's employees poached, it's patents and software misused is, of course, none other than its arch rival, Apple Inc.
Well, apparently, it now seems that Palm's claims that the Pre is resounding success may be a little way off from being the truth, or, in other words - maybe even a lie!
At least, now one analyst is beginning to question Palm's claims of how just successful the Pre really is, and just how well it is actually selling. Apparently, the Pre's actual success may not be quite as rosy as Palm is palming it off to be, and according to a post yesterday in Gizmodo entitled, "Is the Palm Pre Tanking", they state the following:
"Palm says that they sold about 810,000 Palm Pre units. However, that figure may be bogus, according to analyst David Eller. He says that this includes all units sold to resellers, not only activated Pres. This may spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e."
Well now, as Gizmodo also points out, this is now all beginning to make some sense, and it kind of makes you wonder if the Pre's recent huge price cuts may be based more on desperation caused by slow or low sales than anything else? I certainly know that when reading about these cuts, that's exactly what went through my mind. As the Giz also goes on to say:
"It will also explain Sprint CEO Dan Hesse's less than enthusiastic comments about the Palm Pre, when he admitted in a Charlie Rose interview that the Pre couldn't play in the same league as the iPhone, "the Michael Jordan" of smartphones. "
Based on recent statistics from Mobile Metrics which show Palm's new WebOS Worldwide Operating System Share, the Pre isn't exactly burning up the charts, or as one Palm invester claimed "every iPhone user would switch to the Pre when their contracts expire" hasn't exactly been happening as predicted either, as you can plainly see from AdMob's chart below:
Even though I don't desire to see either Palm or it's critically acclaimed Pre fail, let alone go out of business, the sad fact of the matter remains that, if they do - it will be their own bloody fault, and nobody's else's! The childish way in which Palm went about creating, and then promoting the Pre, was anything but professional and, as far as I'm concerned, not exactly what you would call entirely ethical either.
For one thing, trying to force Apple to share it's iTunes syncing software by pretending that the Pre was an iPod was irresponsible and childish on the part of Palm, and, as far as I'm concerned, deliberately using Apple's USB vendor number, instead of Palm's own, was nothing short of theft, and nothing less than down right lying on the part of Palm!
So, is Palm and its Pre actually failing; is it a success or not? That, I honestly I can't say at this point, but I sure hope not. Again, however, if it does fail, Palm will have only themselves to blame!
Personally, I would like to see them both succeed, but to succeed on their own merits, not Apple's, or with its patents, ideas or software!
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Thursday, October 01, 2009
Palm Pre promotional pic via: Sprint