Update: From the Developer Program post, "We currently have more requests for coupons than we have devices and will not be accepting any further requests."
Ever since the HP firesale of the TouchPad, the $99 and $149 pricepoints have set the tablet world abuzz and people have been scrambling to try and get their hands on as many as possible. Regardless of HP's decision to now keep their PC business after deciding to spin it off not too long ago, the company promised a second round of TouchPads, likely clearing out their component inventory in their factories. Unfortunately, Wal-Mart and Best Buy got their hands on almost all of the initial secondary run and scooped them up, forcing you to buy a PC if you wanted a TouchPad.
While that might be a route you may want to take, some of us just want the tablet, and until now, you were out of luck. This week, developers get a little bit of a break.
Developers who have a coupon (source link below) can snag a 32GB TouchPad for $149. Here's some details:
•Product: 32 GB TouchPad
•Price: $149.99 (USD) for US and Canada; €150 in Europe (includes VAT); £130 in the UK (includes VAT).
•All sales are final. No returns, refunds, or exchanges will be made.
•Developer requests for coupons must be received by Friday, November 18th, 2011 to be considered.
•Coupons are valid through November 27th, 2011 or while supplies last.
•Coupons are available to registered developers only. (HP employees are not eligible.)
•One (1) device may be purchased with each coupon, and you may request up to two (2) coupons. The coupon(s) will be invalidated once used.
So there you have it. Now we have another chance to put our hands on an operating system that just shouldn't be sent out to pasture. While the hardware might not be the best thing out there, there is no denying that the webOS has the most fluid usability on the market. This should definitely help in keeping the OS alive and hopefully another company will pick up the reigns and do something with it.
If you want one, though, you better act fast.
Remember, coupons issued are only good through November 27, 2011, and while supplies last. We thank you for your patience and look forward to seeing your applications in the webOS App Catalog!
The thing to remember here is that friends don't let friends buy anything other than webOS.