UK networks not keen on Palm Pre 2

We said it was due in the UK last Friday and just hours after we wrote that, the Palm Pre 2 went live on the Palm site, available to buy sim-free for £399. But it was a very low key launch, leaving as many questions as answers.

The biggest question of all was probably network availability. According to some research by Pocket Lint, it seems like the networks are less than keen on the upgraded smartphone right now.

'We have no plans to stock it at the moment', said Orange, while Three's response was: 'No, there are no plans to range the Palm Pre 2 at this time.'. Vodafone's reply was that 'we don’t plan to feature the device in the UK range' and finally O2, the company that once proudly shouted about the exclusive on the original device, said: 'The Palm Pre Two will not be available on O2. We offer a range of the best handsets through our product portfolio and regularly review this to ensure it continues to meet the demands of our customers'.

O2 also added that: 'We’ve always offered our customers a choice of experiences when they come to buy a new phone and we were excited to add webOS and the Palm Pre to our range. We’re still fans of webOS - the Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus are available from us today - but won’t be taking the Palm Pre Two'.

So if you want the device, it looks like contract-free is your only option. But the reception from the networks doesn't exactly fill you with confidence as a buyer, especially with the prospect of all-new HP/Palm handsets in the new year. When those land, the Palm Pre 2 will almost certainly find itself as the forgotten smartphone.

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