Pre 2 Now Free From HP
HP's Wireless Central online store has slashed the price of the transitional Verizon Pre 2 to free with the usual 2-year contract. On top of that, they are also offering free FedEx shipping for new users ($9.99 for upgraders) and including a very generous accessory bundle comprised of a Touchstone charging dock, a car charger, another AC adapter (presumably for use with the Touchstone dock), and a Palm side case.
For users who would rather buy the Pre 2 off-contract, its full retail price from Verizon Wireless has dropped slightly, down to $409.99 from its launch price of $439.99. A Pre 2 purchased directly from Verizon Wireless still costs $150 and does not come with the free accessory bundle, making the HP offer an easy choice for anyone who must have a VZW Pre 2 right now.
While Verizon Pre 2 users are still eagerly awaiting the WebOS 2.1 OTA update already on the unlocked GSM version, they can at least have the assurance that the Pre 2 is the only currently available WebOS handset guaranteed any sort of future OS upgrade path.