September 25, 2009
Palm Pre to reach UK in October
The Palm Pre smartphone, widely mooted as a competitor to the iPhone and Blackberry, will reach UK stores on 16th October.
Representing the first device to feature Palm's new WebOS platform, the Pre, which is linked exclusively to the O2 network, will be available in O2 stores, Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U and O2's online outlet.
It features a 3.1-inch touch-screen display, GPS, a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, a three-megapixel camera, push email support and high-speed internet access over the 3G network and Wi-Fi.
The WebOS system pulls together contacts and profiles from a host of networks and social media sites, making them accessible through a single user interface.
Ronan Dunne, chief excutive of O2 in the UK, commented that the launch reinforces O2’s position as "home" to the smartphone.
"With the addition of the excellent Palm Pre to our already extensive portfolio, we will continue to offer our customers the widest range of the very best devices on the market," he added.
Consumers can acquire the Pre for free when they sign up to a 24-month contract, with tariffs starting at £34.26.
Alternatively, an 18-month contract will have tariffs from £44.05 and the device will cost £96.89 on other tariffs.