O2 to introduce Palm Pre in UK

O2 Palm Pre UK consumers can finally grab the highly anticipated Palm device, the Palm Pre via O2, beginning October 16.

This elegant Palm handset is driven by the innovative Palm webOS software featuring Palm Synergy that enables users to accumulate information from different places and presents them as a single view. The QWERTY phone facilitates users to make calls, surf the web and enjoy multimedia files. It features gesture controlled touch interface and allows users to fire an email or text message quickly.

Ronan Dunne, CEO of Telefonica O2 UK, commented, “Today’s announcement reinforces O2’s position as the home of the smartphone. With the addition of the excellent Palm Pre to our already extensive portfolio, we will continue to offer our customers the widest range of the very best devices on the market today.”

O2 subscribers registering for 24 month contract can take the handset for free. With an 18 month contract, subscribers can purchase the Pre for £44.05 and £73.41 per month. Pre consumers can avail unlimited UK data browsing over O2’s HSDPA network and unlimited access to 7,500 Wi-Fi hotspots via The Cloud and BT Openzone.

“There’s a lot of excitement about Palm Pre in Europe as we continue to expand Palm webOS products across new carriers and countries. We look forward to launching Palm Pre with O2 so people in the UK can see firsthand how Palm webOS offers a new and better smartphone experience,” stated Jon Rubinstein chairman and chief executive officer, Palm, Inc.

The multitasking capabilities, robust messaging, GPS, 3G and secure Wi-Fi networks support, makes the device apt for business usage. The Pre will be available on current O2 business tariffs as a monthly bolt on, with the device available for free to account holders on all business tariffs from £30.91 on a 24 or 36 months contract. Palm Pre business customers can benefit from the services same as that of the O2 business subscribers that includes unlimited calls to ten landlines, shareable minutes and texts between users and more.

The Palm Pre can be purchased from O2, Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U and others. The handset will also be offered via O2’s online store.