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Top Wireless Turkeys Of 2010

People in the US will be gathering together with family this week and dine on millions of pounds of turkey. The wireless industry delivered a few of its own turkeys this year as well. Cox, the Kin and Palm were just a few.

People in the US will be gathering together with family this week and dine on millions of pounds of turkey. The wireless industry delivered a few of its own turkeys this year as well. Cox, the Kin and Palm were just a few.Fierce Wireless has given a rundown of the biggest flops this year the wireless industry gave us.

Palm is definitely on the list. In 2009, Roger McNamee, an investor in Elevation Partners made a daring claim. Elevation Partners owned over thirty percent of Palm when it was sold to HP. He was talking up the recently announced WebOS and Pre that would ship later that year. He just about declared the iPhone dead when he said:

"You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two-year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone. Not one of those people will still be using an iPhone a month later."

The only other statement in the past decade I can recall that was so totally wrong was when Dan Rather assured the American voter that when CBS called a state for a candidate, they could "book it" and proceeded to put Florida in the Al Gore column during the 2000 presidential election.

Sales of the Pre were exciting for about two days, then they faltered a bit and finally fizzled out. Verizon began selling the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus a few months later but that didn't help. Palm had to put the whole company up for sale or WebOS risked becoming a footnote in the history of wireless phones. It may still yet, but HP is working to change that in 2011.

There are seven other turkeys Fierce Wireless brought to our attention in 2010. See any on that list that don't belong, or think there were even bigger turkeys that missed the list?

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