Palm Pre pricing announced - almost identical to iPhone
Yes, we’re a day late with this one, but we spent most of yesterday kayaking as part of a team-building exercise. Honest.
O2 have declared themselves as “the home of the smartphone” with their upcoming exclusive launch of the Palm Pre (left) on October 16th. You could even go so far as to call them smart arses if you like.
In truth, O2 have had to go out all guns blazing to get an exclusive on the Pre as it is set to be the major smartphone rival to the iPhone, and the pricing plan revealed yesterday is iPhone-esque to say the least.
The Pre handset will be free to customers who sign up to a 24-month contract costing for £34.26 per month, which will include 600 UK minutes, 500 UK text messages and unlimited downloads.
Then there’s the 18-month contract – fork out at mammoth £73.41 per month and you’ll get a free Pre and a larynx-crushing 3000 UK minutes. There’ll also be 500 UK text messages and unlimited downloads.
An alternative 18-month contract will set you back just £29.38 per month but the Pre handset will cost you £96.89
Business tariffs will also be available on 24 or 36 month contracts and there’s still no news about Pre pay-as-you-go.
The Pre features a 3.1-inch touch-screen display, a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, a three-megapixel camera, push email support and high-speed internet access via 3G and Wi-Fi.
As our Paul said a couple of months ago, it’s going to be fascinating to see how O2 handle the fact that they’ve got exclusives on two competing smartphones, particularly as it’s widely believed that the Pre has to be a success if Palm is to survive. Maybe they’ll pick up disgruntled iPhone early adopters who want to try something new.
Let us know what you think of the Pre, and if you’d be tempted to invest in one. Or maybe you’ve got your eye on the Android-powered HTC Tattoo (pictured right), which is exclusive to Vodafone and has appeared as a pre-order on their website. As yet, there are no pricing details so it’s only getting this poxy paragraph at the end of the Pre story. Nyah nyah!