The life and times of the Palm Pre aged one month...
On this day last month the much-hyped Palm Pre went on sale on the O2 network in the UK. So how have things gone, how did it get there and what happens next?
"Today's announcement reinforces O2's position as the home of the smartphone. With the addition of the excellent Palm Pre to our already extensive portfolio, we will continue to offer our customers the widest range of the very best devices on the market today," said Ronan Dunne, O2 UK's chief executive, in a statement.
Jon Rubinstein Palm's chairman and chief executive, added: "There's a lot of excitement about Palm Pre in Europe as we continue to expand Palm webOS products across new carriers and countries.
"We look forward to launching Palm Pre with O2 so people in the UK can see firsthand how Palm webOS offers a new and better smartphone experience."
So here we are a month on from the Palm Pre's much anticipated UK debut. O2 hasn't released specific sales figures thus far, but it is keen to express just how well received the device has been over here.
"With the handset launching in the States first we had a very good idea of how much our customers we're looking forward to the Pre. The handset had a lot of fans before its UK launch," a spokesperson told IT PRO.
"We had a lot of interest ever since we announced that we'd be launching the Palm exclusively in the UK. Obviously this reached a high during the launch weekend but continues. On the first day of sale, we sold more Palm Pres than every other handset combined."
And O2 doesn't expect the excitement around the Pre to die down anytime soon. When asked if the company expected demand for the Pre to continue moving forward, the spokesperson said: "Yes. Having the two best devices on the market is driving people into stores to try them out. Many who try the Pre find they love the physical keyboard."
They added: "The ability to have multiple apps open and connected at the same time, while also combining contact and calendar information in one place is great for customers and business users alike. The touchstone wireless charging is also a fantastic feature that has really captured customers ' imagination."
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