1000 day whaaaa? Palm attempt to murder their iPhone killer
If Palm are trying to kill the Palm Pre, they're going about it the right way. That's not to say the Pre isn't a good handset with a decent OS - all the feedback from users so far suggests it's very decent indeed. And as we've discussed in the past, Palm have made the right move in allowing O2 to pick up exclusive distribution rights in the UK - that'll prevent O2 from savaging the Pre to increase sales of the iPhone, which O2 also handle.
Canadian service provider Bell have announced the Pre will launch in the country on August 27th, and is now available to pre-order on a choice of airtime plans. Good news if you're Canadian. And live in Canada. The bad news is this:
If you want a Pre, you have to take out a three year contract - there are no other options currently available. That means having the same handset until the latter half of 2012. To put it in perspective - it might seem the world has been banging on about the iPhone since the Industrial Revolution, but Apple only unveiled the handset two years ago.
Handsets in two years' time will be far more advanced to what's on offer today, never mind three. And what are the odds of any modern handset lasting that long without something going wrong? Would you dare risk your third year without insurance? Signing a two year contract is plenty to make some customers think twice - are Palm really going to let service providers peddle three year plans?
We couldn't hunt down the rogue asterisk attached to the term so perhaps there's a very obvious get-out clause. Hopefully the Pre will stick to the two year deals as offered in the US when it arrives in the UK later this year.
* mathematical nature of headline is entirely incorrect, intended only for promotional purposes