Telefónica has signed an exclusive deal with Palm for the distribution of the new Palm Pre smartphone in four European markets through its O2 subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany, and Movistar in Spain. The HSDPA-enabled Palm Pre – the first device based on Palm’s new operating system webOS – will be launched in Europe before the end of 2009.
Telefónica and Palm, Inc. today announced an exclusive agreement to sell the Palm® Pre™ phone in Spain, United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany when the device is launched in Europe in time for the winter holidays.
"We are fast becoming the home of the smartphone with the addition of the hotly-anticipated Palm Pre to our already extensive portfolio," said Matthew Key, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Telefónica Europe. "Our customers will be the first outside of North America to experience one of the most successful mobile devices of the year."
"Europe continues to be an important region for Palm, and we're proud to work with O2 and Movistar to spread the excitement Palm Pre has already ignited in North America," said Jon Rubinstein, Palm chairman and chief executive officer. "Since we showed Palm Pre at Mobile World Congress in February, there's been a great deal of anticipation for an announcement about European availability, and that day is here."
Palm Pre, the first phone based on the new Palm webOS™ mobile platform, brings your information from the many places it resides - on your phone, at work or on the web - into one simple, integrated view.
Palm Pre introduces a breakthrough user interface and hardware design that makes it one of the most integrated and user-friendly mobile phones on the market. Featuring a smooth, elegantly rounded ergonomic design and a physical keyboard that slides out only when needed, Palm Pre is engineered to feel natural in your hand and comfortably small in your pocket. When closed, Palm Pre is ideal for phone calls, web browsing, music, photos and videos; when open, Palm Pre is optimized for email and text messaging. It provides an exceptional experience for phone calls, whether held to your ear, over speakerphone or via Bluetooth.
Customers who would like to register to receive additional information about Palm Pre and be notified when it's available can register at:
- UK and Ireland: http://www.palm.com/uk-pre-notify
- Germany: http://www.palm.com/de-pre-notify
- Spain: http://www.palm.com/es-pre-notify