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Palm may have sold 300,000 Pres in June

updated 07:55 am EDT, Tue June 30, 2009

Palm May Have Sold 300K

Palm may have sold as many as 300,000 Pre phones in less than a month on sale, according to a investor's note by Charter Equity Research analyst Ed Snyder. He estimates that about 120,000 Pres were available on launch day but that these sold out within days and that about 15,000 examples of the multi-touch phone are being made every day, leading to the final estimate for the month. As many as 1 million phones could reach Sprint by the end of the first quarter of sales, which for Palm finishes at the end of August.

The number is just a fraction that of what Apple is expected to produce for the month, as it shipped 1 million iPhone 3GS units just on its opening weekend alone. Regardless, the tally if accurate would represent a potential breakthrough for Palm, which shipped just 351,000 phones through the entire quarter before the Pre's debut.

Snyder also expects better still for the company and believes that by September it should have a GSM- and HSPA-based version of the Pre launched for Telefonica. Combined with a Bell Canada launch in August, the analyst believes Palm could ship as many as 1 million phones per month. This also may not include the expected Eos budget smartphone for AT&T and Sprint.



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  1. shadowmac

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    +3

    pre problems

    i have a company that had centro's and upgraded to the pre. 30% had issues with the keyboard not working or the camera not working after the first week. they kept the pre's but are using the centro's again until some of the fixes can come.

  1. chefpastry

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    +1

    Really???

    I find that number kind of hard to believe.

  1. c4rlob

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    NYC low turnout

    The iPhone sold about 300K in it's first month and I remember seeing people with them several times in NYC during that first month. I haven't seen one single Palm Pre outside of a Sprint store since June 7th. It's not a scientific measurement - but based on that I'm going to bet Palm is either lying about being sold out or people are too ashamed to show their Pres in public.

  1. chefpastry

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    Replacements?

    Maybe a majority of those went to replacing defective ones. Based on what I've read, the build quality is horrible on these things.

  1. luckyday

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    Lame

    c4rlob --> The smartphone market is much larger now than it was when the iphone launched. Not to mention, your method for evaluating the number is pres sold is ridiculous. Maybe pre users don't bust out their phone every chance they get.

    Also, palm didn't release these numbers. Do you actually read the posts?

    You guys are sad little creatures. Meanwhile iphone 3gs is backordered across canada. I wish I could order a pre.

  1. slapppy

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    Key word "may"

    The continued BS from about Pre numbers continues. Not one peep from Palm or Sprint for actual numbers have been posted.

  1. boris_cleto

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    Poor Apple

    Only sold 1 million iPhone GS' on the first weekend.

  1. macnixer

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    I am yet to see one too

    outside a store. Wait I haven't seen a Sprint store any place either. No, I do not live in a rural area. I would count this city to be more like one of the top five in US of A.

    Say what Pre don't be seen out too much. Two reasons - battery dies too fast, or just darn simple, them phone don't work.

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