O2, Movistar Confirm European Palm Pre Exclusivity
European Palm fans rejoice, for the wait is (nearly) over. Palm has just confirmed via press release that their latest Pre smartphone will be debuting "in time for the holidays" in the UK, Ireland and Germany exclusively on the O2 network, and exclusively in Spain on Movistar. No word on cost as of yet, nor the availability of unlocked versions, with the release merely saying "pricing for the phone has not yet been determined."
"Europe continues to be an important region for Palm, and we're proud to work with O2 and Movistar to spread the excitement Palm Pre has already ignited in North America," said Jon Rubinstein, Palm chairman and chief executive officer. "Since we showed Palm Pre at Mobile World Congress in February, there's been a great deal of anticipation for an announcement about European availability, and that day is here."
Pleasingly, the spec sheet confirms the Pre will support the Ludicrous-Speed-esque HSDPA radio spec, which can ramp up 14.0 Mbit/s, depending on the network. You can register for updates on the Pre's availability at the following links:
"We are fast becoming the home of the smartphone with the addition of the hotly-anticipated Palm Pre to our already extensive portfolio," said Matthew Key, chairman and chief executive officer, Telefónica Europe. "Our customers will be the first outside of North America to experience one of the most successful mobile devices of the year."
In its first weekend of availability in the United States, Palm Pre broke Sprint's previous first-weekend sales records. Palm Pre also is scheduled to debut in Canada with Bell Mobility in the second half of 2009.