Now here's a turn up for the books...
Contrary to commonly held belief it is now being reported that O2 parent Telefonica has beaten Vodafone to tie up a deal for the new Palm Pre in the process snagging exclusives for the UK, Spain and Latin America.
The news comes from respected Spanish newspaper Expansion and it goes on to say the Pre will be announced on schedule "before summer" which should beat a third generation iPhone out the traps. Of course we all know Palm's dire financial straits mean it can't afford to be late with the Pre so as long as a half finished Storm-esque product doesn't turn up this is good news.
Perhaps just as importantly however is the coup it would represent for O2. Rival networks have long searched for an 'iPhone killer' to compete with O2's exclusive deal with Apple, but should O2 actually grab the first legitimate iPhone killer I've seen then it could well be laughing all the way to the bank. As for contracts, this would likely bring the Pre in line with talk it will mirror iPhone pricing.
We'll be watching this one like a hawk...
Wondering what all the fuss is about? Check out my Palm Pre first impressions.
In related news Confirmed Pre US telco Sprint has unveiled its price plans for Pre with the following tariffs: 450 minutes ($69.99), 900 minutes ($89.99) and unlimited plans ($99.99). Family bundles are 1,500 minutes ($129.99), 3,000 minutes ($169.99) and unlimited plans ($189.99). Now don't read much into this since the US 'cellphone' market is hugely different from ours (read: worse) but hopefully it does mean we're getting towards the business end for this device.
Expansion Article (Translated)