German Palm Pre Sold SIM-Free with QWERTZ
Folks hoping for a unlocked GSM Palm Pre have a few new reasons to be "Glück" today as official word has now come in that the Palm Pre will be sold in Deutschland without a contract. It has now been confirmed that the Pre will be available from O2 Germany unlocked and SIM-free.
In addition, the Teutonic flavored Palm Pre "Handy" will sport a QWERTZ keyboard. QWERTZ keyboard layouts are widely used in German speaking countries. However the Pre will not have any dedicated accented character keys or umlauts, as It only differs from the usual QWERTY by interchanging the "Z" and "Y" letters.
René Schuster, CEO of Telefónica O2 Germany: "We operate one of the most modern mobile telecommunications networks in Europe and offer our customers a simple and transparent tariff structure. In combination with Palm Pre our customers experience top-class mobile communications. With Palm Pre the mobile internet becomes the easiest thing in the world."
"There's a lot of excitement about Palm Pre in Europe as we continue to expand Palm webOS products across new carriers and countries," said Jon Rubinstein, chairman and chief executive officer, Palm, Inc. "We look forward to launching Palm Pre with O2 so users in Germany can see firsthand how Palm webOS offers a new and better smartphone experience."
Pricing and Contract Options
O2 will offers a choice of contract for the Palm Pre in Germany. Users who want to access the web are recommended to add the mobile surf flat rate of € 10 a month. Customers can thus surf the mobile web up to a volume of 200 MB at a speed of up to 7.2 MBit/s (HSDPA). Subsequently, it is reduced to ISDN level. With the new concept O2 My Handy customers can finance Palm Pre independent of the contract at zero percent interest rate. Customers make a down payment of € 1 in the O2 shop or online at www.o2online.de and pay the remaining sum in 24 monthly rates of € 20 each. Palm Pre is available in O2 shops, online at www.o2-online.de and from all specialized trade partners of O2.