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Ah, the mystical Sprint HP Pre3. How thee keeps us up late at night. Yeah, it’s just a phone, but it’s one that we want so badly. For us and for you. And, well, there might be a problem with that. We’ve said it before and it bears repeating: there’s no evidence to say that the Pre3 is coming to Sprint, but there’s no evidence that says it isn’t. The absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.

Today the folks over at This Is My Next cited a “trusted source” in saying that the Pre3 - or any other webOS device - will not be coming to Sprint. We know a lot of you just died a little bit inside, and that’s not the news you wanted to hear today. On the flipside of the same coin, we’ve heard from plenty of “I talked to an HP rep” crowd that have heard that the Pre3 is coming to Sprint, along with Verizon and AT&T. You can hold out hope if you want, but trusted sources trump chatter in our book.

Here’s the thing: while the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence and there’s nothing concrete we’ve seen that says the Pre3 isn’t coming to Sprint, we’ve seen real-world snippets about the Pre3 coming to AT&T and Verizon and precisely zero about it on Sprint.

Sprint was burned by webOS. The Pre was a poorly executed launch by both Palm and Sprint and we wouldn’t blame Sprint for not wanting to carry the Pre3 (while we’re sure HP would love to sell the Pre3 on whatever network would take it), but we know there are plenty of disappointed webOS fans who are going to have to make the hard choice between carrier and platform.