Palm Pre 2 offered only SIM-free in the UK
November 14th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Palm Pre 2 PAYG

HP announced the launch of SIM-Free version of the Palm Pre 2 mobile phone powered by the latest platform WebOS 2.0 this Monday. While the handset is being made available for £399 on its Palm website, reports reaching us point to the fact that none of the mobile service providers in the UK have plans to offer the handset on their palette.

HP bought Palm earlier this year and announced just a few days ago that it would launch the SIM-free version of the Palm Pre 2. Whether this was because of the UK operators’ decision to not offer the handset or not is unknown. This decision however should help the end users because they can hook on to any operator after buying the Palm Pre 2.

It was O2 which offered the earlier offerings powered by Palm’s WebOS in the UK, however the wireless carrier is not planning to offer the new device on its waves.

The excellent WebOS helped Palm build goodwill and this has set the tone high for the next launch. The Pre Plus released earlier this year with a 3.1-inch TouchScreen garnered eyeballs but it did not boast of WebOS 2.0.

The Palm Pre 2 has a conservative feel and covers Flash as well as HTML 5 and that should make people cheer. HP has noted that the WebOS 2.0 will enable software developers an open platform to integrate apps unlike Apple. Despite the entire craze about WebOS 2.0, what needs to be seen is whether the Palm Pre 2 can set the stage on fire given its 5 MP camera, 320×480 TouchScreen, 1 GHz CPU and a 16GB memory.

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