O2 to release Palm pair on iPad day
Pre Plus, Pixi Plus come to Blighty
O2 has followed its exclusive on the Palm Pre with the new Pre Plus and Pixi Plus smartphones, the telco said today.
Both handsets will be available on the network on 28 May. Trying for an iPad spoiler, O2?
We can't see the Palm phones drawing quite as much interest as the Apple tablet, but Palm buffs will look forward to the Pre Plus, which is essentially the old Pre with an extra 8GB of on-board Flash storage on top of the original 8GB.
It also comes with support for Palm's inductive charging technology, Touchstone, right in the box, though the Touchstone charging cradle remains an optional extra.
Palm's Pixi Plus: now with Wi-Fi
The Pixi Plus is a Wi-Fi enabled version of the Pixi candybar phone, which, unlike the Pre, always has its Qwerty microkeyboard on show, at the cost of a smaller, 2.6in 320 x 400 display. The Pre Plus has a 3.1in, 320 x 480 screen.
All the phones have GPS, HSDPA 3G connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 and push email with Microsoft Exchange support.
O2 said the phones will be offered on 18-month and two-year contracts with monthly payments runing from, respectively, £30-50 and £25-60. All tariffs include unlimited texts, and 'unlimited' data and Wi-Fi usage. Bundled talk minutes range from 100 to unlimited.
The Pixi Plus costs £49 on the lowest of each contract's tariff, or free on all the rest. The Pre Plus costs £99 on the lowest of each contract's tariff, £49 on the next one up, and then is free on all the rest. ®
Some people like iPhones. Some don't. What's the problem?
Exclusive - pah!
I'm still waiting (credit card in hand) to buy a UK spec Pre unlocked...
It seems like Palm want to fail.
You have to wonder if Palm are trying to fail in the UK. They announced the Pre on the only UK network at the time to have the Iphone, and the one with the worst 3G coverage. If they had managed to get ANY other network to carry the phone (or made it easily available SIM free) they'd have sold shed loads to people that didn't want an iPhone or O2....
...and now they launch again on O2... The network that would be my last choice for a data-centric device. Get this out on a non-iphone selling network such as 3 or T-Mobile and it would be a sure winner.
I seriously was going to buy a Palm Pre before the iPhone became openly available but couldn't find one SIM free. Anywhere.
It's almost as if they're trying to fail in the most spectacular way or something.