Beleaguered Palm to close all retail stores

“In this thread in our TreoCentral forums, user TreoNeo cited an anonymous source, telling him that Palm intends to close down their retail shops [31 locations, most of them in airports] by the end of the month. After seeing the story pick up some traction in the blogosphere we decided to check in with Palm to see if they’d confirm the rumor,” Dieter Bohn reports for TreoCentral.

A spokesperson from Palm got back to us:

“We continue to focus our company around core business initiatives and are consolidating more resources behind fewer programs in order to compete most effectively and build world-class, category-defining mobile solutions. We have therefore made the decision to close our retail stores.”

Full article here.

We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.Palm CEO Ed Colligan, commenting on then-rumored Apple iPhone, Nov. 16, 2006

40 Comments

  1. This is the rare instance where a company partnered with Microsoft and didn’t prosper. I mean you have the worlds greatest software company with the largest market penetration behind you and this happens. I can’t explain it. It’s a fluke.

    No matter what happens, those Treos with Windows Mobile still blow the doors off the I-Phone.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  2. Oh and BTW, Apple should clearly follow suit before they end up with an expensive & disasterous mistake on their hands. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  3. I read the article on TreoCentral and it noted that Palm has a “flagship store” in Rockefeller Center in New York. Well, I live 4 blocks from Rockefeller Center and am through there all the time, yet I never knew Palm was there. So much for a “flagship”. I’m glad I’m lucky enough to live 3 blocks from the 24-hour Apple store on Fifth Avenue!

    I used to admire Palm and was a very happy owner of the Treo 600 when it came out in 2003. The problem was, it never went anywhere. The Palm OS-based Treos today are all still essentially Treo 600s with the most minimal hardware or cosmetic changes. (I don’t consider the Windows Mobile based Treos to be legitimate at all. Even circa 1999 Palm OS is better than current Windows Mobile.)

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