This Has Been Another Installment of “You Should Have Listened To Me The First Time I Told You”

Two and a half years ago, I made some suggestions as to how Palm Inc. could improve its flagging fortunes, including this one:

The Personal Smartphone is currently completely AWOL from the PalmOne lineup. What do you do if you are enamored with the Treo, but you can’t shell out $500 for a cellphone? Right now, you go give your business to someone else, which doesn’t do PalmOne any good. So a cut-down Treo would be quite important.

Today, Palm makes an announcement:

Palm Centro Brings Palm Ease of Use to Traditional Mobile Phone Users for $99.99, Exclusively from Sprint

New Compact Design Available in Two Colors

NEW YORK, Sep 27, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Designed for individuals and traditional mobile phone users looking for a better way to manage their professional and social lives, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:PALM) and Sprint (NYSE:S) today introduced the Palm(R) Centro(TM) smart device, at $99.99.

More details on the Centro are available, if you want them.

It’s always nice to see people taking my advice, though I think they’d have been much better off if they had done so two and a half years ago than they will be by doing so now. Palm Inc. is so far gone these days that it would take an act of God to make them relevant in the marketplace again.

Still, ten years ago you could have said the same thing about Apple (and people did), and look where they are now. So as long as Palm is solvent and doing smart things, you probably shouldn’t count them out completely. 



September 27, 2007
3:53 pm

Of course, the first piece of advice Wired had for Apple?
“1. Admit it. You’re out of the hardware game.”
Er, yeah. We’ll get back to you on that one.
Dammit. I really did think of investing then. I’d be so much better off now…