webOS disappears from Rogers, Bell, and Sprint; Pre and Pixi join the big data cloud in sky
North America, your options for new webOS devices just got slimmer. In the past few weeks we’ve seen old Palm devices drop off the radar of three American and Canadian carriers, though only one we would have considered surprisingly soon.
If you’re on Sprint, we used to say, “Well, at least there’s the Pixi,” but now we can’t even say that. It’s gone from Sprint’s online listings, and calls placed to Sprint stores revealed the same. It's a sad, but quiet, day for the webOS launch carrier. It took a little over two years, but they've finally cleansed their inventory of webOS.
If you’re on Bell, you’ve seen the original Palm Pre drop dramatically in price, with it last being available for just $150 without a contract – a reasonable price for a feature phone, let along a smartphone (sure, it was two years old at the time, but who’s counting?). Now, at long last, the Pre is no longer available on Bell. We're a little sad to see it go, but really, it was time.
And if you’re on Rogers, well, this one was a surprise. Less than a year after the Palm Pre 2 debuted on the Canadian carrier, it’s gone. Like Bell (and pretty much every other carrier, though they’ve struggled mightily in Canada), it seems that Rogers was having trouble selling the Pre 2, though we’re quite surprised to see it gone so soon.
Right now we’re sitting in limbo in the time between the last old phones getting purged and new phones coming online (maybe?), so here’s hoping you don’t manage to break your phone on Rogers, Bell, or Sprint, because replacements are going to be in very short supply.
If you're keeping track, here are the carrier that we're aware of that still offer webOS devices: AT&T (Pixi Plus and Veer), O2 Ireland (Pre - really), O2 Germany (Pre, Pre Plus, Pixi, and Veer), and Verizon (Pre 2). Hopefully that list is going to expand in the near future, but for now, it's a little on the bleak side.