Device shortages may pique desire for the device, but analysts worry Palm could miss out on sales if it is unable to ramp up supply quickly in the months following the launch.
"For a lot of these models, demand can fade quickly and people move on to the next big thing," Kuittinen said. "It's always dangerous to launch with a thin volume because you really run the risk of leaving money on the table."
Palm shares rose 9 percent last Thursday after the surprise news that U.S. wireless service leader Verizon Wireless, a venture of Verizon Communications Inc and Vodafone Group Plc, plans to carry Pre. That came a day after No. 2 US mobile service AT&T said it wanted the device.
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