App Catalog Returns For Pre Importers

Exactly one month to the day after having (accidentally) locked us out of the App Catalog, Palm has an early Christmas present for importers of the unlocked German Pre: we're once again able to access it. The fix? As we suspected, it was an oversight on Palm's part in implementing the latest version of the Catalog, which didn't know how to recognize phones that had been activated on unapproved carriers. The glitch appears to be in the process of being tucked into bed, although the "unavailable" message still occasionally pops up in seemingly random places - for instance, whenever I try to update an already-installed app.

Following up on the other side of webOS geo-restrictions - namely, the way the number of apps available to non-U.S. users was summarily cut in half recently - we got a brief quote from Developer Community Manager Chuq von Rospach on the subject:

We're continuing to work to bring paid apps to all geographies and are working with the developers to make sure their apps get distributed to all regions where it's appropriate.

It's just a question of patience, wethinks...

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ATT Experience?

LiveFaith @ 12/23/2009 3:29:39 PM # Q
I assume that you are running the German Pre on AT&Ts network. If so, it would sure be nice to get a "how to" or "review" of how this works. While I am disappointed in the Pre in a few ways, I may actually give it a spin on my ATT plan.

Since, I can't live with switching to T-Mobile's coverage to get the HD2, I might stay a little closer to home and try the Pre. Especially since the OS updates keep flowing from Palm.
Pat Horne

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Tim Carroll @ 12/23/2009 4:11:50 PM # Q
^^ You would assume incorrectly. :P I'm using it on Optus here in Australia... but presumably, the procedure to use it in the US is exactly the same. Namely, you just stick the SIM card in and it works straight off the bat.

however, you may not get 3G outta the Pre on AT&T - from what i read on the net ATT uses the 850mhz / 1900mhz 3G freqs, and the Pre supports 1900 / 2100.

I don't actually know of anyone who's tried it on ATT yet, although I'd bet there's probably some posts floating around the Precentral forums about it....

RE: ATT Experience?
Gekko @ 12/23/2009 4:43:17 PM # Q

Reverend - why are you still with AT&T? you like shitty coverage? high prices? nostalgia?

please explain.

RE: ATT Experience?
CFreymarc @ 12/24/2009 5:57:34 AM # Q
One month to fix a front end problem like this? That is pretty bad. Again, I'm betting on outsourcing their store management on this one. A good full-time database guy could have fixed this in a few days at the most with a QA check in that time.
RE: ATT Experience?
LiveFaith @ 12/24/2009 10:07:40 AM # Q
Tim, Oops I did not check the source. The German version with QWERTZ is running the ATT bands I think. A Youtube vid has a guy swapping the SIM and booting the Pre, but does not show 3G operation.

And for Lizard Boy, the main two reasons are that ATT & VZW are the only two carriers who handle the GA, AL, and north FL sticks where I travel regularly. VZW is just as expensive (if not more) and I hate their past hardware practices. Even tho their 3G coverage is killer, I'll stay with the ATT regime while my family plan contracts muddy the water.

If ATT does not bring the Pre this Jan, then I may pay for the German Pre in 2010.
Pat Horne

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Gekko @ 12/24/2009 10:11:51 AM # Q

i see. do each of your 16 children have their own cell phone? have you been approached by any reality tv producers yet?

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ACCESS jumps on eBooks

mikecane @ 12/24/2009 3:34:06 PM # Q
ACCESS Creates ePub eBook Software

I suppose it can run on ALP, but shockingly there's no mention of ALP.

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