February 1, 2009

April 2008: First Hint Of The Pre?

Filed under: Groundwork — mikecane @ 7:05 pm

Palm Sends Out Beta Test Invites for New Device

Beta Testing Opportunity

The following opportunity is available.

Palm is seeking people to test an innovative new product. This product is focused on seasoned business professionals. People who commute and spend a ton of time working on email and on the phone. This test is for people looking for cutting edge technology and demand constant communication.

Qualified candidates should work in an enterprise level business and have a lot of experience with varied technologies. These people should invest a significant amount of money in their technology and use it daily.

Required Qualifications:
Sprint Subscriber
Bluetooth headphones or car kits
WiFi Router access

Optional Qualifications:
Existing Smartphone Users
Heavy to Medium e-mail users
Heavy phone users
Travel for work with their phone

Emphasis added by me.

Seeing the items I’ve emphasized, it certainly sounds like the Palm Pre to me. How about to you?

I have to hand it to Palm that no word leaked out about it at all!



  1. This was Posted By: Ryan Kairer on Monday, April 21, 2008 11:26:57 AM

    Comment by Mahootzki — February 1, 2009 @ 7:14 pm | Reply

  2. Yes. That’s where the LINK leads to.

    Comment by mikecane — February 1, 2009 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

  3. I think this is much more likely to be the new Windows Mobile Treo. It’s emphasis on Enterprise business really points to that possibility more than the Pre.

    Comment by Gaber — February 1, 2009 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

  4. Never mind my last comment…I didn’t understand that this was referring to the 800w invite last year… I am dumb.

    Comment by Gaber — February 1, 2009 @ 8:36 pm | Reply

  5. I reckon it was the Treo Pro, myself – it’s Palm’s flagship “enterprise” product, and kinks discovered during the beta might be the reason its Sprint debut has been so long-delayed. Would webOS really have been ready for people to beta test in April? Pandora said they didn’t start discussions with Palm about webOS development until October, and Pre was demoed to them just before Thanksgiving.

    Comment by Tim Carroll — February 2, 2009 @ 2:02 am | Reply

  6. >>>”an innovative device”

    Could a Treo really be described as that?

    Comment by mikecane — February 2, 2009 @ 8:47 am | Reply

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