A next generation Palm Pre, skinned in the current Palm Pre casing was found in a Taco Bell bathroom outside Palo Alto Saturday night. A patron using the restroom said he found it sitting near a trash can under the restroom’s sink.
“Someone obviously is not freaking out right now. It almost seemed like they had to decided to throw it out but thought there was a chance one person might get excited about it, “ said Robert Geiger, who handed the phone into Taco Bell’s closing manger, Raphael Hernandez.
At first glance, no discernable differences were found between the current Palm Pre and this next generation model except for the label printed near the bottom of the phone stating “Next Generation Palm Pre”.
Mr. Hernandez’s attempts to sell the secret phone to media outlets were not successful. Even calls made to Gizmodo, the online gadget magazine responsible for breaking last week’s iPhone discovery, went unreturned. After putting the phone up for sale on Craigslist, where it received no interest, Mr. Hernandez threw it out.