"This sounds rather desperate if you ask me! They're giving it out for free to uphold their dying brand -- doesn't seem like they're even trying to make a profit right now."
Does nobody consider the market that they are referring to before commenting? Handsets are commonly offered for free in the UK. The Palm Pre is available free on the same contracts that the iPhone 3G 8GB is offered for free on, for example... Palm will be turning profit from the sale of their handsets to O2, who subesquently resell the handset for free on expensive tarrifs.
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