O2 shuns Palm Pre 2

O2 shuns Palm Pre 2

O2 will not stock Palm’s latest device, the Palm Pre 2, which launches in the UK on Monday.

The operator has an exclusive deal with Palm for its smartphones but has decided not to stock Palm's latest offering.

The smartphone is only be available in the UK via Palm’s website.

O2’s 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.

Carphone 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.

An O2 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.

It 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.’

Written by Mobile Today
Mobile Today


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