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Sprint pulls LG Rumor due to demand, not bugs

updated 01:45 pm EST, Wed January 2, 2008

Sprint Pulls LG Rumor

Sprint has pulled its LG Rumor messaging phone from shelves due to sheer demand and not technical flaws, the company announced on Wednesday. The carrier has acknowledged a problem with the slider phone which allowed users to accidentally wipe the phone's firmware clear through a debugging code but says it is an isolated incident; most models have not been affected and have already received a fix, Sprint says.

Instead, the unavailability is reportedly the result of underestimating demand for the phone, which garnered attention on launch in October for offering a full keyboard and special messaging features below the price of most smartphones. The provider has not said when it expects the Rumor to be readily available once again but promises that it will increase supplies of the phone "soon" online and in retail shops.




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  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    pffft...

    That makes no sense!

  1. jameshays

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    New Corporate Strategy

    If you have a product that people want and you don't have enough supply to meet the demand, pull them all off the shelf and sell to nobody.

    I hope that works for them.

  1. VinitaBoy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What A Crock!

    If you believe ANY of the above "rationale," I've got a bridge in Brooklyn you might like.

  1. russellb

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    yeh right

    mmmm lets pull the product because too many people are buying it ... hey they could get a high paying job in government

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    MacNN... AGAIN?

    Seriously, this has absolutely nothing to do with Mac OS or any pertinent subject derivations. Yeah, it was a stupid move, but who here really cares about it?

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    danviento... again?

    Seriously, why do you keep posting the same comment over and over? If you don't want to read a story, don't read it! Get over it already - MacNN (and other Mac sites) are going to post stories you're not interested in - just skip them. For the rest of us, the only thing wrong with stories like this is they lead to you posting your "who really cares" comments.

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Cartmanland!

    "If you have a product that people want and you don't have enough supply to meet the demand, pull them all off the shelf and sell to nobody."

    http://www.southparkzone.com/episodes/506/Cartmanland.html

    Seriously, if it ain't GSM, it's a waste of time IMO.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    uh...

    LG stands for "Losers' Garbage," and Sprint is almost as crappy of a carrier as AT&T.

    But, what do I care? I don't have either.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: macnn...again

    Didn't you notice the item about the iPhone at the bottom. Thus it's an apple story, thus on MacNN.

  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: uh...

    LG stands for "Losers' Garbage,"

    Gosh, I didn't know that, you would think they would have realised that and changed their name - still I suppose it means something quite pithy in Korean...

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