"What'll be important when we see the reviews is not only what the device looks like, but how it works on the Sprint network," Cusick said, because a bad review could be a setback.
While reviewers raved about the iPhone, they were critical of AT&T's network. The stakes are even higher for Sprint, whose Chief Executive, Dan Hesse, has been working over the past year to dispel a lingering reputation for poor network quality.
Even if Pre is well received, investors should not see Pre as a catapult back to profits for Palm, which is expected to double its quarterly loss to $93.08 million for its fiscal first quarter ended May, according Reuters Estimates.
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