O2 to sell Palm Pre in Ireland

24 Sep 2009

O2 is to be the exclusive carrier in Ireland of the new Palm Pre smart phone which will be in shops from 16 October.

The device will be available from all O2 outlets nationwide, including Carphone Warehouse. It will also be available to purchase online at www.o2.ie.

“O2 is delighted to be the exclusive carrier of the new Palm Pre in Ireland, which means our customers will be among the first outside North America to get their hands on the much-anticipated new device,” said Danuta Gray, CEO, Telefonica O2 Ireland.

“Our strategy continues to be to bring our customers the very best innovations in mobile communications, and with Palm Pre we are expanding our portfolio of market-leading smart phones,” Gray said.

Palm Pre is the first phone based on the new Palm webOS software, which brings mobile applications together in a unique and intuitive multi-tasking platform that enables consumers and businesses to connect to their information in more useful and useable ways.

Palm webOS introduces Palm Synergy, which brings your information from the many places it resides into a single, more comprehensive view of your life.

“There’s a lot of excitement about Palm Pre in Europe as we continue to expand Palm webOS products across new carriers and countries,” said Jon Rubinstein, chairman and chief executive officer, Palm, Inc.

“We look forward to launching Palm Pre with O2 so people in Ireland can see firsthand how Palm webOS offers a new and better smart phone experience,” Rubentein said.

For consumers Palm Pre will be available on an 18-month contract with the device ranging in price from free to €99 depending on the monthly price plan.The Palm Pre will also be available on prepay and will retail at €419.

 For business customers, Palm Pre will be available on O2’s current range of business price plans. The device will be priced at €199 on the O2 Release Edge price plan, €99 on the O2 Release Multi price plan and €99 on the O2 Flexi-Share price plan. It will be free on the O2 Release price plan.

By John Kennedy

Photo: The Palm Pre smart phone will be sold in O2 outlets in Ireland starting 16 October.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years