Desperate for success with their new Pre Phone, Palm Australia seems to have disappeared, with calls to 3 serviced offices yesterday failing to reveal where Palm Australia is operating from or whether they still have a service operation in Australia.
At one stage a receptionist answered the phone as Palm Australia and after being questioned said that Palm no longer operated from their offices.
The receptionist then provided up a new number which turned out to be a promotions company who use to do work for Palm Australia. They said that they were no longer working for Palm Australia and in turn supplied another number which happened to be some form of answering service.
What ChannelNews wanted to qualify were claims that Palm had exited the Australian market and that their new Pre handset, which is set to take on the iPhone, was set to be sold and distributed by Telstra later this year.
Analysts are tipping Palm could hold back supplies of its Pre smartphone model when the new touch-screen device goes on sale this year, in a bid to cause an opening-days sellout and create a buzz in its bid to steal sales from Apple’s iPhone.
The Pre will debut in the US with only about 375,000 units in stock, according to analysts surveyed by Bloomberg, in a move to increase consumer demand.
Apple sold one million iPhones in the three days after the debut of a faster 3G model last July. Half of Apple’s stores in the US had sold out by that time.
Bloomberg notes Palm is counting on the Pre, which has a wireless charger and software that lets users shuffle through applications like a deck of cards, to revive its reputation as a phone pioneer, as well as profit. The phone has a 3.1-inch screen, WiFi access, GPS and a slideout keyboard. It runs Palm’s own WebOS operating system.