Palm Pre hits US in June, but what about UK arrival?

June marks Palm Pre’s US availability, but still no confirmation on UK dates.

Palm Pre

US mobile fans have just a couple more weeks to wait to get their hands on the Palm Pre, but UK users are still left in limbo wondering when the much-anticipated device will be made available over here.

Unveiled to great fanfare at both the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona earlier this year, the Palm Pre features Palm's shiny new webOS platform.

Those in the US will be able to get hold of the Palm Pre from 6 June on the Sprint network for $199.

"The argument that you need one phone for work and another phone for play, or that you have to make compromises between business and lifestyle productivity, is over," said Dan Hesse, president and chief executive of Sprint, in a statement. "With Pre, compromises of the past are history."

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Ed Colligan, Palm's president and chief executive, added: "Pre is truly a new phone for a new web-centric age. We're a mobile society, and we want our people, calendars and information to move with us. With Pre's exquisite design and the unique webOS software, running on Sprint's fast broadband network, we're changing the perception of what a wireless phone can be."

While this is no doubt good news for US mobile users, it's not what the UK wanted to hear. There is still some debate as to when and from whom the device will make its debut over here.

Thus far, most of the rumours about network tie-ins have focused on a tug of war between O2 and Vodafone, although both parties are keeping schtum.

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