If there are any lingering doubts that Verizon Wireless is going to offer the Palm Pre, one of this this carrier’s Twitter feeds has re-iterated earlier promises to launch the first webOS-based smartphone in a few months.
Months ago, several Verizon executives promised to offer this smartphone. Last month, however, an unconfirmed report stating the Verizon may have dropped its plans to offer the Palm Pre made headlines. This was quickly followed by a wave of reports saying the opposite.
We will be carrying the Palm Pre smartphone early next year.
Apparently the only thing holding this launch back is an agreement between Sprint and Palm, which gives this wireless carrier exclusive rights to offer the Pre through the end of 2009.
An Enhanced Version?
This latest bare-bones announcement didn’t resolve an open question: Will Verizon carry only the original Pre, or an enhanced version?
There have been unconfirmed reports that this carrier’s version will have a slightly larger screen than the 3.1-inch one on current the Pre. In addition, it will supposedly have more built-in storage than the the original, which has 8 GB.
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 HVGA 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.
Currently, 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. Verizon is another CDMA carrier, it its version is expected to have this same type of mobile broadband.
In addition, O2 is releasing the Palm Pre this week in several Europe countries.