Analysts: Beleaguered Palm faces rough times ahead

Apple Online Store Franklin Paul reports for Reuters, “It could be a rough holiday season for shareholders of Palm Inc as they wait to see if new smartphones can compete with the likes of Apple’s iPhone… What had so far been a few golden months for Palm was somewhat tarnished on Thursday, when its revenue forecast for the current quarter missed Wall Street expectations by far — even as results for the last three months — its first fiscal quarter — beat many forecasts.”

“Analysts have said they believe demand for Palm’s new star handset, the Pre, is dying down after a highly anticipated launch in June. Palm, which cut the price of the Pre by $50 recently, continues to keep its sales figures under wraps,” Paul reports. “‘The anticipated slowdown in Pre sales appears to be occurring, one quarter later than many had anticipated,’ said CL King analyst Lawrence Harris.”

Paul reports, “Any lost momentum by Palm comes at a critical time, just ahead of the holiday shopping season, when the Pre and Pixi — Palm’s next device based on its webOS platform — take on popular handsets from Apple Inc, Research in Motion, and Motorola Inc.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yeah, Motorola. Give us a break.

Paul continues, “Analysts warned that Palm’s uphill fight may further stall any shot at profitability, particularly after the Pre price cut. BMO Capital analyst Tim Long [said], ‘Sprint said … (the price cut) came from Palm, which we view as a sign that maintaining average selling prices and gross margins may also be difficult.'”

“BlackBerry maker Research In Motion has also faced analyst and investor questions about whether it can keep up its torrid pace of growth despite the recession,” Paul reports. “The Waterloo, Ontario-based company is due to report quarterly results on September 24.”

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12 Comments

  1. Palm execs are mortgaged the company just to get the Palm Pre out the door. You’re telling me this is the milk & honey quarter and that rough times are still “ahead”??

    Oh crap!

  2. All of you Apple fanboys will wish you had never heard of the Pre………… did I mention that it does multitasking and you can watch SprintTV for a whole 30 minutes before draining the battery?

  3. The Pre has already “taken on” the iPhone and BB. And lost. So badly that they aren’t even giving sales numbers. I predicted they wouldn’t last the summer, and I guess it’s still technically summer, but no way they last the year. Not with the crap they’ve been depending on to save them.

  4. iPhone does “multi-tasking” very well. I can be listening to music, then take a call, look up an email, find up a phone number, send an email, surf with the web browser, all while still on the call. And when I end the call, the music I was listening to comes back automatically. This capability is not something new; it was demonstrated six months before the first iPhone’s release.

    iPhone multi-tasks where it matters most. Apple intentionally limits multi-tasking in general to conserve battery power, to improve user experience. In that sense, it is more sophisticated than the Pre, because Apple cares most of all, about the user’s experience. Once the technology allows unrestricted multi-tasking on iPhone without negative impact to user experience, all Apple has to do is flip a switch. The software technology is already in place.

    People who “brag” about the Pre’s “multi-tasking” as an actual advantage over iPhone’s intentional design are ignorant (or desperate).

  5. The iPhone’s visual voicemai. Needs to multitask. The voicemails we receive are filled with important info like phone numbers, addresses, flight numbers, calendar dates, and other important info. But as soon as you switch away to another app to start taking notes on what the person is saying on your voicemail, the voicemail stops playing.

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