Possible Sprint EOL Roadmap Leaked
The Boy Genius Report has gotten their hands on a lengthy list of Sprint device introductions and EOL dates that is certainly chock-full of Palm-related information.
To kick things off, the "unofficially official" CDMA version of the Palm Treo Pro now has a solid release date of February 15th, despite being currently available in some Best Buy retail stores already. With the arrival of the CDMA version of the Treo Pro, the worst-kept secret in recent Palm and Sprint history (see our December report) appears to be nearing its conclusion. The Treo 800w, having been released only in July 2008, is slated to be EOL'd this April, easily on pace to be the shortest-lived Palm device to date.
Available exclusively through Sprint, the newest and most eagerly-anticipated Palm smartphone, the WebOS-powered Palm Pre, is slated be available on March 15th, despite many industry analysts (including the Boy Genius himself) anticipating a release date closer to May or June.
The Pre will effectively replace the final Palm OS Garnet-powered Treo, the 755p, in "late May", after a surprisingly lengthy two years of service. In fact, the availability of all Palm OS devices on Sprint is scheduled to come to a close this July, as Sprint's list reveals that the pink 128mb Palm Centro will be discontinued in June, with its green and black siblings following in July. This is a rather short but not entirely unexpected lifecycle for the refreshed 128mb version of the Centro, which arrived as a Sprint exclusive last October. As of this writing, there has been no word as of yet on other carriers dumping their versions of the Centro but regardless, the end of the road appears imminent for new devices running the classic Palm OS.
No word as of yet on a future "Centro 2", as we heard about at CES last month, but Spring heading into the 2nd half of 2009 with only two current Palm devices (Pre and Pro), the timing would be perfect for a lower-cost Centro replacement for the back to school and/or holiday seasons.