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Palm Pre Plus & Pixi Plus Get O2 Launch Date

Gordon Kelly


Palm Pre Plus & Pixi Plus Get O2 Launch Date

It could be argued the O2 exclusive on the original Palm Pre didn't help it become the sales success it deserved. Then again the implosion of Palm and its subsequent sale to HP for $1.2bn probably didn't help either. Still let's try again...

Perhaps not learning its lesson, Palm has once again chosen to go with an O2 exclusive this time for the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus. Both will launch on 28 May across a wide array of tariffs (included below) and be available from free.

Sweet spots? As a shunner of 24 month contracts I'd argue the 18 month £40pm deal (600 minutes, unlimited data and WiFi) works out best for both models, but with the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus going for peanuts on US networks all plans seem on the heavy side for handsets announced over five months ago. And for those asking: "whatever happened to the original Pixi in the UK?" It was never released.

Tech highlights? Both Pre Plus and Pixi Plus have faster performance and more memory (16GB in the case of the former), but all other specs stay the same making them the iPhone 3GS of upgrades.

Furthermore with HP's plans for Palm still up in the air (webOS will come to other sectors includes tablets and even printers) it may be worth holding off to see what the new joint venture can come up with. Sorry O2...

Link: Palm UK


May 20, 2010, 5:21 am

no, No, NO, NO NO!!

For crying out loud Palm stop it with these exclusives. You're not in a position to be picky about who you get into bed with and the Pre Plus is so much of an incremental upgrade that this kind of "only give it to the worst 3G carrier in the UK and let them charge what they like" deal is just another attempt at financial suicide. That you nearly went under a few weeks back wasn't enough? You now feel the need to throw away HP's money after your own with such stupid "well Apple can do it" business practices?



May 20, 2010, 5:43 am

"Perhaps not learning its lesson, Palm has once again chosen to go with an O2 exclusive..."

Excuse me? I think you'll find it was the shortcomings of the device and not the network that caused the launch of the Palm Pre to flop. If proof were needed of this then I point you to the launch of the original iPhone in the UK. Point proven.


May 20, 2010, 6:04 am

These prices are a joke.


May 20, 2010, 6:08 am

£25pm for 18m - 300xnet mins, 3000txts, 500mb data and a free HTC Desire and £35 Quidco.

Left in the dust!

There are better deals than that but Orange is all that works here. o2's pricing has become ridiculous recently..


May 20, 2010, 12:15 pm

It's so frustrating watching palm make these moves. If anything they we should have the Pre 2 by now not a simple boost in memory. I wonder how much the desire would cost (and how well it would sell) if it was a network exclusive. Palm wake up!


May 20, 2010, 1:14 pm

@Ste: Er, wrong! Sure the original Pre wasn't perfect but it's main failing was it was overpriced. Whether that's O2 or Palm's fault, I don't know, but the device being rubbish certainly isn't the reason it failed.


May 20, 2010, 1:15 pm

These prices are absolutely ridiculous. What makes them think they can charge that much?!

@Ste - I think Gordon (as well as us) are against the idea of exclusivity rather than O2 in the context of that statement. As for why, I think Philehidiot said it well.


May 20, 2010, 2:08 pm

To be fair, it wouldn't surprise me if Palm have to stay an exclusive with O2 due to the deal thy signed forbhe original Pre (I.e exclusivity for palm products till 2011 or something), however it doesn't change the fact that palm shouldn't have gone exclusive in the first palce.

If HP have the big plans for web OS that the rumours say (I.e slate pc's, phones), then really since the pre lus is behind the game somewhat as hardware, and apparently they have of pres in stock, then they should just take a hit on the price and start selling them sim free at a cut down price. Increase the numbers of web os revices out there and then it's more likely the 3rd party developers will pick one up and start creating apps for web os. And as apple have shown, it's the strength and depth of the operating systems app store that really means if an OS is going to make it big or not, and papers over any hardware deficenies (cough, ipad, cough)


May 20, 2010, 4:07 pm

It was and still is priced at iPhone prices without the build quality or the 'apple' factor.


May 20, 2010, 8:22 pm


You're right, but it also lacks Apple's annoying iPhone OS restrictions.

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