Sprint TV Streams ESPN World Cup for Free

My new favorite feature on the Sprint Palm Pre has to be the free, live stream of ESPN World Cup coverage included with Sprint TV. Past favorite features include:

Sprint’s Plan

  • The rest of Sprint TV’s line up
  • Unlimited data
  • Free calls to any mobile number (any carrier, not just Sprint!)
  • Sprint Navigation included for free (it’s better than TomTom, Garmin or Magellan)
    • Palm’s Hardware

      • Superb form factor that fit’s great in the hand and pocket (the iPhone, Droid, Evo, etc… are all too big for a regular man’s pocket)
      • A swappable battery for essentially unlimited talk time
      • A physical keyboard
      • Touchstone wireless charging

      Palm’s webOS Software

      • PalmOS emulator to run all of my favorite PalmOS apps (Handy Shopper, Planetarium and more)
      • The global search box that covers contacts, apps, web addresses, Google, Google Maps and Wikipedia
      • Synergy which unifies PIM data (email, contacts and calendars) from all of my sources (Outlook, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and more).
      • Bash shell as root without jailbreaking
      • True multi-tasking (e.g. Pandora in the background has been there from the start)
      • Tethering over USB, WiFi and Bluetooth
      • Mojo development environment (including the Ares online development system)
      • Over The Air updates (no need to tether the Palm Pre to a computer for updates)
      • Automatic, free nightly backups over the air.
      • Free remote-wipe for lost phones

      iOS4 (nee iPhoneOS4) addresses some of these competitive challenges, but for now, webOS remains in the lead. The webOS App catalog isn’t yet as full as Apple’s, however, waiving the first year’s fee for developers should help that problem too.

Deactivate “Yahoo! Mail for iPhone” to allow the Palm Prē to access Yahoo!…

My solution for the common errors  “Invalid security token: 4 1213 0” and “Invalid security token: 6 1236 0” was to deactivate the “Yahoo! Mail for iPhone” partner application at Yahoo! before attempting to add my Yahoo! email address to the Palm Prē.  These steps resolved the problem:

  1. Sign in to your My Yahoo! account profile and then access the “Account Info” page.
  2. From the Account Info page, click on “Link your account with other sites” (in the Sign-In and Security section).
  3. On the resulting “Account Sign-In Settings” page, enable the check box next to “Yahoo! Mail for iPhone” and click the “Continue” button to deactivate that application.
    1. After the webOS 1.3.5 upgrade in Dec ’09, I also had to deactivate “Palm Synergy”, “Yahoo! Mail for Sprint/Palm” and “Y! Messenger Authentication” to resolve the constant “Please re-enter your password” errors on the Pre.
  4. Sign Out of Yahoo!.
  5. Restart the Palm Prē; follow the regular instructions to add your Yahoo! email address to the Prē.

Once those steps were done, the Account Sign-In Settings page showed a new Partner Account called “Yahoo! Mail for Sprint/Palm”.   The problem turned out to be (apparently) a conflict with the “Yahoo! Mail for iPhone” partner application link that was created long ago when I configured my iPhone to access Yahoo! Mail.  Hope this helped.  By the way, the manual configuration steps suggested on Yahoo! Answers did not work for my Prē (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090624085549AAWWP7n ).