Although it’s made no secret of the fact that it plans to release the Palm Pre, Verizon Wireless hadn’t before spelled its intentions out as clearly as it did today.
On a conference call this morning, Verizon executives committed to releasing Palm’s latest “early next year”.
What’s holding it back is an agreement between Sprint and Palm, which gives this wireless carrier exclusive rights to offer the Pre through the end of 2009.
It’s clear that Verizon intends to get the first webOS-based model on the market as soon as it can. While today’s statement gives this company a bit if wiggle room about the release date, unconfirmed reports say the debut is scheduled for January.
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.
A Canadian version will be released later this year, and this device will also be available in Europe in time for the holidays. The GSM version for Europe and Latin America is expected to have the 3G standard HSDPA.
Source: Verizon via PreCentral