I’ve long thought that RIM, Palm, HTC and countless others are making a serious mistake in making the carriers their primary customers. The handset manufacturers live on the carrier subsidies – make no mistake, RIM sells to carriers, not you and me. Palm blew a unique opportunity to dodge left and sell a carrier-free handset when it introduced it’s Pre. They didn’t, and the rest is history.
From the vaults, June 11, 2009. Summary: Palm had an opportunity to sell a carrier free unlocked handset and didn’t.