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Want a cheap HP TouchPad? The computer giant is offering "for a limited time" the 32GB version of its WebOS-based fondleslab for £130. The catch: you have to be a registered WebOS developer.

The offer comes to an end on 18 November. Successful applicants are sent a voucher that entitles them to a TouchPad for £130 - €150 in Europe, $150 in the US. HP will send you two such coupons.

The voucher has to be used by 27 November - "or while supplies last", warned HP in a bid to ensure no one hangs around.

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Signing up for a Developer Account is free, though you'll need a PayPal account, HP says. There's a separate, PayPal-less Community Account, which lets you code apps but not offer them through the WebOS app store. It's unclear from the Ts&Cs whether this is good for a device voucher.

Got to be worth a try, though.

Of course, why develop for a platform that HP has all but killed? Perhaps HP doesn't care, and is simply trying to get rid of its few remaining stocks of TouchPads.

More details at the HP TouchPad Device Purchase Program page. ®

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