Palm, Inc. has revealed that O2 will be the exclusive provider of the Palm Pre when it debuts in several European countries around the middle of next month. This will be the first time this webOS-based smartphone is available outside of N. America.
In the U.K. this device will be free to O2 customers with a two-year contract, or either £44 or £73 per month for those who get an 18-month contract.
In Germany, it will sell for 20€ with a two-year contract.
There is no word yet on pricing in Ireland.
A New Version
So far, both versions of the Pre that have been released have used the CDMA wireless networking standard, with EV-DO mobile broadband.
The version on its way to O2 will be the first GSM one, and is going to have the 3G standard HSDPA.
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 webOS includes an on-device app store, and a growing collection of third-party software is available.
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 exclusive U.S. provider of this smartphone is Sprint, who has added its mobile broadband service EV-DO Rev. A. It’s also available from Bell Canada, who also uses the CDMA standard, so its version has EV-DO as well.