O2 inked as UK's official Pré distributor
Source reveals Christmas O2 launch
O2 may have secured itself as the UK’s exclusive Palm Pré distributor, it’s been revealed.
An unnamed source has told The Guardian that the network operator fought off fierce competition from the likes of Vodafone and Orange, and that the Pré will arrive here in time for Christmas.
If the information’s accurate then O2 will be overjoyed by securing its second big handset exclusive in the past few years – the other being distribution of Apple’s iPhone.
It’s a pretty safe bet that the Pré will arrive in the UK before Christmas though because, although Palm definitely won’t want to miss the winter holiday’s sales, the firm’s previously promised to launch the smartphone over here during before 2009’s out.
North American customers will still be the first to get their mitts on the Pré though, as Palm officially confirmed last week that the smartphone will be available Stateside on 6 June. ®
I want one
But I want to be able to put local SIMS in in different countries. Will it do that, Mr O2?
PH. for obvious reasons.
It'll be lonely this Christmas ...
"... the Pré will arrive here in time for Christmas ..."
Pointless, utterly. By Christmas Palm will have so much other competition that it will be drowned out by the rest of the noise. No wonder the company is ailing - they can't get a simple bit of marketing and release right.
Palm Pre? Why? When there will be more than a dozen other devices to choose from.
Another case of missing the boat completely.
So if o2 lose the iphone exclusive - does that mean I won't get my free upgrade when jPhone v3 is released?? :(
As for Palm going exclusive with o2 - I know a big bonus for using o2 with the iPhone is that it joins public wifi hotspots seamlessly when available, my experience with tmobile was the complete opposite - even with the username/password page popping up all the time, it rarely recognised the login and I couldn't use it (even though I paid so much more a month for data as well as normal contract).... so maybe Palm were given a presentation of o2's decent hotspot deals, whilst avoiding their p*ss-poor 3g speeds. Just a thought.
It's been a good move from tmobile to o2 for me... much happier now... each to their own I guess.
Why so long
Why so long before its in the UK? my 680 is getting passed it and i need a new phone.
If i have to wait till X-mass, i think it will be the big G for me instead
O2 are losing their exclusivity of the iPhone.?
Perhaps this means O2 are losing their exclusivity of the iPhone..
Having said that i've been on O2, T-Mobile and Three over the last 5-6 years and O2 easily have the best customer service, signal strength and the widest range of handsets. T-Mobile were had good customer service but it just took them too long to get the latest handsets. And Three.. well ... I could never get reception in my house...