The clarification might disappoint Verizon customers who hoped Santa might bring them a new Pre, but the timing makes sense. The schedule fits most of Sprint's other exclusivity deals. But some analysts had wondered if the Pre would be different. As CNET's Bonnie Cha wrote: "Sprint has struggled behind its competitors in offering flagship devices and probably felt the need to flex a little muscle after both Verizon and AT&T said it would offer the Pre in the future. As much as Palm is banking on the Pre as its comeback, so is Sprint."
Then again, Sprint will have the Pre during two important times of the year: back to school and the holiday season. And who knows what new wonder-phone Sprint might have by then.