O2 will not
stock Palm’s latest device, the Palm Pre 2, which launches in the UK on
The operator has an exclusive deal with Palm for its smartphones but has decided not to stock Palm's latest offering.
smartphone is only be available in the UK via Palm’s website.
rejection of the Palm Pre 2 delivers a body blow to the launch of Palm's latest device. This
is Palm’s first smartphone launch since the manufacturer was taken over by
computer giant HP in May this year.
O2 still stocks the Palm Pre Plus and the Palm Pixi Plus. However it
dropped the Palm Pre in April after a welter of customers reported software problems.
Warehouse, which stocked Palm Pre as part of a direct purchasing deal with O2, also
dropped the Palm Pre at the same time. The retailer has no plans to stock the
Palm Pre 2.
spokeswoman told Mobile: ‘We’ve always offered
customers a wide choice when they come to buy a new phone and we were excited
to add webOS and the Palm Pre to our range. We’re still fans of webOS – the
Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus are available from O2 today – but
won’t be taking the Palm Pre 2.’
She added: ‘We review the range all the time and
we think it is adequate without the Palm Pre 2.’
A Palm spokesman said Palm would not comment on its relationships with retailers or operators.
The Palm Pre, with an updated version of webOS 2.0, goes on sale on Monday, Sim-free and unlocked for £399.
features the first Palm phone with a gigahertz processor and comes with a
five-megapixel camera and glass screen.
The HP webOS 2.0 allows users
to multi-task with ease. Users can, for example, pause a game, tap an email
notification, check their calendar, read a restaurant review, send an email
reply, and then switch back to the game without closing anything.
‘Just Type’ enables users
to start an email, create a message, update their status and search their
favourite websites before opening an application.
Users can also tag their
favourite contacts so they appear, when searched by name, at the top of the
Contacts, Email, Messaging and Phone applications. Quickoffice Connect Mobile
Suite is a document viewer that offers support for Microsoft Office Word, Excel
and PowerPoint documents.
Speaking just before the launch, Miles
Norman, UK sales director at Palm EMEA Business Unit, HP said: ‘HP webOS 2.0 is
the biggest leap forward for webOS since it launched 17 months ago. It expands
the features that make webOS great for consumers, enterprises and developers,
and introduces powerful new features that make it easier to get more things
done with your webOS device.’