Uhoh, this is not good. According to an OTR Global report, three sources have reported that Palm has halted production on the Palm Pre, Palm Pre Plus, and Palm Pixi (with reports up in the air about the Pixi Plus). One of the contacts stated that the halt was "very sudden, and Foxconn was told to reduce all February Pre forecast to zero on Wednesday and no one knows whether shipment will resume in March." I'm certainly not an analyst, but that doesn't sound good.
A few thoughts here. Optimistically speaking, Palm could be working on new models to launch in the coming weeks. On another note, it could mean that they're being bought by another company. As soon as we receive further information, we'll pass it along.
Interesting indeed! Your thoughts?
Update: Some are speculating that the halt has been planned for some time, and is the result of the Chinese New Year. We'll keep you updated as we hear more.
Update 2: Yup, it's a planned halt for Chinese New Year, not any kind of problem. Engadget got this statement from Palm just now:
Palm regularly adjusts its product manufacturing levels to manage inventory. In anticipation of the Verizon Wireless launch and Chinese New Year, we increased production levels prior to February, and anticipate ramping production back up after the Chinese New Year ends.