By now we all know it's possible, in fact not entirely impractical, to hack a Palm Pre 2 onto Sprint, so long as you're willing to go all MacGyver with a warranty-voiding screwdriver. But it's just not 'right' - there's no Sprint integration, outside of being able to make phone calls, in our use it wasn't exactly the most stable long-term experience. That's what you get with hacked software and hardware, and we expected that. But what if you could have a real, legitimate Sprint Palm Pre 2?
Well, we (as in the world) almost did. What you see above is a Sprint Palm Pre 2, as assembled by Palm themselves. It was the daily driver of a Palm employee for a year, and now we've got it in our hands. Close inspection reveals that this is a Palm-built FrankenPre 2, with the warranty sticker breached and "P100EWW" (Sprint Palm Pre) as the model number under the battery. But something funny happens when you activate it with Sprint. For one, it activates, despite being a second-hand device (something that FrankenPre devices cannot manage). More importantly, interestingly, and revealingly, Sprint recognizes the phone as a "PALM C40".