O2 confirms Palm Pre exclusive


O2 has confirmed it will sell the Palm Pre smartphone exclusively across Europe.

The device will launch initially on the O2 networks in the UK, Germany and Ireland and Movistar in Spain.

Parent company Telefónica Europe chairman and chief executive Matthew Key said: “We are fast becoming the home of the smartphone with the addition of the hotly-anticipated Palm Pre to our already extensive portfolio. Our customers will be the first outside of North America to experience one of the most successful mobile devices of the year.”

Palm chairman and chief executive Jon Rubinstein added: “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.

“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.”

Palm Pre is the first phone to be based on the new Palm webOS mobile platform. It brings a user’s information from the many places it resides – on the phone, at work or on the web – into one integrated view.

Pre-registration is available via http://www.palm.com/uk-pre-notify