Sprint Pre, Verizon Pre Plus: you basically can't buy them anymore | webOS Nation

Sprint Pre, Verizon Pre Plus: you basically can't buy them anymore

by Dieter Bohn Thu, 20 Jan 2011 4:55 pm EST

Sure, everybody who's interested in a webOS phone is probably waiting to see what HP and Palm have up their collective sleeve on February 9th, but theoretically there are still a few people around who'd like to buy a Pre or Pre Plus right now.

If you're in that camp, well, your options are getting awfully thin. In fact, they're downright emaciated:

  • Sprint: You can still find the original Pixi (sans WiFi) on Sprint.com, but it's no longer on HP Wireless Central. As for the Pre, Sprint EOL'd the device last year and while Palm's site says it's available, they point you to HP Wireless Central. The original Sprint Pre is gone from that site, as teejay69 in our forums discovered today. Neither Amazon nor Wirefly have it either. In short, if you want to get a Pre on Sprint, there don't seem to be any first-party vendors selling the phone anymore.
  • Verizon: The Pre Plus on Verizon is unavailable on Verizon's site, HP Wireless Central, Amazon, and Wirefly. Like the original Pre, it's solid gone. The Pixi Plus (with free WiFi Tethering!) is still available both at Verizon's site and at HP.
  • AT&T: Big blue stands alone, offering both the Pre Plus and the Pixi Plus both on their own site as well as having stock in most other first-party channels.
  • T-Mobile: Snicker.

Of course, the Pre 2 is still available in unlocked form if you are an AT&T user or don't mind EDGE-only data on T-Mobile. As for the Pre 2 on Verizon that is supposed to have arrived "in the coming months," we're wondering if Verizon and HP are even going to bother at this point - it's going to look pretty low-rent compared to the 4G LTE Android phones coming down the pike, to say nothing of what HP and Palm themselves have coming.

We kind of figured that HP wasn't sweating their rapidly declining marketshare, but it's a little stunning to see just how difficult it's become to even find webOS devices. Let's hope that the phones HP and Palm have in the pipeline will be available soon, because it's hard to make a comeback when you are barely stocking the shelves with your product.