UK networks shun Palm's second Pre device

UK networks shun Palm's second Pre device

The Palm Pre 2 has failed to be picked up by any UK network so far, despite its launch on Monday (15 November).

Palm said it is expecting to see the Pre 2 on UK networks this year, but could not specify when this would be. The Pre 2 is for sale, SIM-free, for £399 on the manufacturer's website.

Palm had said the Pre 2 would be backed by a huge advertising push early next year, along with other new webOS products, such as tablets, which could connect to the device.

Last week, Mobile revealed that O2 would not stock Palm’s latest device.

The operator had an exclusive deal with Palm for the Palm Pre but decided not to stock its latest offering.

The UK networks’ 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.

The Pre 2 is the first Palm phone with a gigahertz processor and comes with a five-megapixel camera and glass screen.

  

Written by Mobile Today
Mobile Today

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