The Palm Pre has been available in the U.S. for a month now, but people in other countries are still waiting. Palm revealed today how long that wait will be for many Europeans.
This smartphone is scheduled to be available initially in the U.K., Ireland, and Germany exclusively on the O2 network, and in Spain exclusively on the Movistar network.
Palm is being vague about the timing, only saying that Pre will be released in time for the holidays.
There is no word yet on what these carriers will charge for this device.
An Overview of the Palm Pre and the webOS
The Palm Pre uses Palm’s webOS, the replacement for the venerable Palm OS. This is a new, multi-tasking operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google and Facebook, as well as Microsoft Exchange.
The Pre itself features a sliding keyboard as well as a multi-touch-capable 3.1-inch display. This device is also equipped with 8 GB of on-board Storage (7 GB available to users), Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, and a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash.
The GSM version for Europe and Latin America is expected to have the 3G standard HSDPA.
This smartphone debuted first from Sprint, who added its mobile broadband service EV-DO Rev. A. A Canadian version from Bell Mobility will be released later this year.