10/27/2009 3:30:00 PM
Phones 4u chosen as Palm Pre indirect channel
Phones 4u has started selling the Palm Pre on the O2 network just ahead of the retailer gaining the iPhone.
The new handset available exclusively on O2’s network was launched on 24 September in O2’s retail estate and Phones 4u, but is not available in Carphone Warehouse.
Some Phones 4u staff believe that the retailer is currently undergoing a trial with the operator before it is given the iPhone.
One staffer said: ‘We are pushing the Satio at the moment, but when we get the iPhone depends on sales of the Palm Pre.’
However, the operator refutes the claim. In early October O2 announced that Phones 4u would start selling the iPhone in November.
A senior manufacturer source said: ‘O2 has chosen to sell the Palm Pre through Phones 4u, which will be used as an indirect channel.’