Originally Posted by ArgonNJ
I don't understand why the carriers are so tight lipped about upcoming handhelds. Knowing that a certain model phone is coming soon might make the difference in keeping a subscriber or losing them to a competitor.
It is so that competitors can't use the information to make a counter move or propogate disinformation. It's also because roadmaps refer to devices that aren't production ready at the time of roadmap release.
Should the roadmap change for technical reasons or random chaos, the manufacturer is then slammed up against the ropes. It's nasty stuff to back peddle.
Example: Imagine you told your wife/girlfriend all the wonderful things she was going to get for her birthday 3 months in advance. A month before her birthday your car craps out and takes $2000 of repairs, so you're broke. If you then go with the (oh so sweet) handmade gift and a bunch of flowers, you're screwed. The backup gift, however, would have been a success if you hadn't let the cat out of the bag.