Telefónica and Palm announce Palm Pre exclusive in Europe

Telefónica and Palm today announced an exclusive agreement to sell the Palm Pre phone initially in Spain, UK, Ireland and Germany when the device is launched in Europe in time for the winter holidays.

Said Matthew Key, chairman and chief executive officer, Telefónica Europe, stated: “We are fast becoming the home of the smartphone with the addition of the hotly anticipated Palm Pre to our already extensive portfolio. Our customers will be the first outside of North America to experience one of the most successful mobile devices of the year.”

Jon Rubinstein, Palm chairman and chief executive officer, added: “Europe continues to be an important region for Palm, and we’re proud to work with O2 and Movistar to spread the excitement Palm Pre has already ignited in North America. Since we showed Palm Pre at Mobile World Congress in February, there’s been a great deal of anticipation for an announcement about European availability, and that day is here.”

Palm Pre, the first phone based on the new Palm webOS mobile platform, brings information from the many places it resides – on your phone, at work or on the web – into one simple, integrated view.

Palm Pre introduces a breakthrough user interface and hardware design that makes it one of the most integrated and user friendly mobile phones on the market, said Palm. Featuring a smooth, elegantly rounded ergonomic design and a physical keyboard that slides out only when needed, Palm Pre is engineered to feel natural in the hand and comfortably small in the pocket.

When closed, Palm Pre is ideal for phone calls, web browsing, music, photos and videos; when open, Palm Pre is optimized for email and text messaging. It provides an exceptional experience for phone calls, whether held to your ear, over speakerphone or via Bluetooth.

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