Verizon has reportedly lost interest in carrying the Palm Pre smartphone, according to the Street. The Pre is currently offered only on the Sprint network, which has been losing customers of late (though its prepaid division, Boost, has been flourishing.) It will also be available in certain European markets come October.
If true, the shelving of the Palm/Verizon deal will be a setback to Palm, whose late start against Android and iPhone OS devices has made the quest for market share onerous. The Wall Street Journal’s digital division has attempted to debunk the rumor, quoting a Deutsche Bank analyst that called it “off-base.”