webOS 1.3.1 Now Available for O2 Customers

Fresh off the US release, Palm has just released webOS 1.3.1 for O2 customers throughout Europe. You know the procedure, hit the ‘Updates’ app on your Pre and start the process of updating. Of course, you could wait for this to happen over the next couple of days, but who wants to wait. The new update provides:

  • support for LinkedIn contacts and Yahoo! calendar and contact information in Palm
  • improvements in e-mail and messaging, such as the ability to forward messages in the Messaging app
  • a new Facebook for Palm app
  • more options for using your Palm Pre in corporate EAS environments.


[via PreThinking]

Germany’s O2 Hosting Palm Pre Night

We’ve had our launch day excitement in the US back in June, but now it’s our European friends who are looking to get their first glance at the Palm Pre. O2 in German is hosting Palm Pre Night, an exclusive event for customers to live the Palm Pre experience. Our German is spotty, but it appears it starts on October 8th and runs through October 13th at various locations throughout Germany.


For more information, please visit O2’s Palm Pre Night site.

GSM Palm Pre Gets Reviewed

We’re just a few weeks away from the O2 launch in Europe and the first reviews are starting to trickle in. For those in the US, the GSM Palm Pre is virtually identical to the CDMA counterpart available on Sprint, albeit the GSM models have a SIM card slot. The GSM version will also run an older version of webOS, but Palm expects to bring parity to all models later this year.


The guys at Slashgear have put together a rather comprehensive review.

There’s plenty to like about the Palm Pre. It’s a compact, attractive handset that doesn’t allow its relatively small display to get in the way of intuitive gestures and a visually-rich UI.”

Like so many, they are excited about webOS, but do question the limited storage and suggest users test drive the keyboard to determine “how well it suites their finger size”.

Times Online’s review reads more like a comparison of the Palm Pre vs the iPhone. In fact, the reviewer concludes his review stating he’ll be “hanging on to his iPhone”.

“This is the real deal, a worthy competitor for the iPhone. Beautiful, easy to use, yet able to do complex tasks, without mimicking Apple.”

The sticking point(s) for the author seems to be the storage size of the Pre and the lack of a huge App Store.

“But if you want to carry thousands of songs on your phone, the iPhone remains the better choice.”

“Its big failing is the lack of a huge “app” store.”

Apple took over a year to introduce their App Store. While Palm has been slow to add applications, the company is clearly taking steps to make it easier for developers to bring apps to the Pre. The expansion of Pre owners that will naturally occur with the release on O2 and Telefonica will certainly add to the growing list of reasons why developers will choose to create applications for webOS.

For those in the US, the GSM Palm Pre is locked to their respective carriers. We’ll have to wait for a GSM model to land in the US. Anyone looking for an AT&T model? If so, can we give it the much needed boost to 16GB?

GSM Palm Pre Pictured in Germany

Keeping up the theme today, we’ve got our next “in the wild” photo. This time, das GSM Palm Pre scheduled to debut on O2 later this month gets pictured. Full packaging and the like available on our German counterpart.


[via Engadget]

Palm Pre Free in UK with contract

The past week or so we’ve seen Amazon offer the Palm Pre at $99 and Walmart get into cost cutting action at $79.99 promotional price (after a $100 rebate). In Canada, Best Buy dropped the price to $149.99. Those across the pond will get a better deal than all of these. O2, the exclusive carrier of the Palm Pre in Europe, will offer the Pre for free with a two-year contract starting on October 16th.


O2 currently offers the iPhone 3GS for free, so it only makes sense to offer this subsidy out of the gate to keep the Pre competitive. In Germany, customers will pay $73, which is still less than the current US price.

[via Information Week]

Palm Pre Gets Official in Europe

O2 has announced details regarding pricing and availability for the Palm Pre in the UK, Ireland and Germany. The Palm Pre will be available on Ocotber 13th in Germany and on October 16th in the United Kingdom and Ireland.


O2 will be the exclusive carrier in these markets for the launch of the device. Pricing and plans are available at the respective O2 websites.

For those in the US, this marks the first release of a GSM based webOS device. Could AT&T be in the cards for early 2010? Any interest from our readers?

Rumor: O2 Palm Pre Release Date Set for October 30th

According to an O2 employee, the Palm Pre will release in the UK on October 30th. Our tipster says that management informed staff of the date today. Tariffs will be the same as the iPhone. The next official release date we have is August 27th, when the Palm Pre will release on Bell in Canada. Of course, the O2 Palm Pre will be the first Palm Pre of the GSM variety. It will also mark the first head to head competition for the minds and hearts of consumers who will have a choice between the iPhone 3GS and the Palm Pre, both on the same carrier.


Thanks anonymous!

Palm and O2 Announce Treo 500

UK wireless carrier O2 has announced the launch of the Palm Treo 500 smartphone, a Windows Mobile based Treo that was previously available on Vodafone.

Treo 500
Treo 500 now available on O2

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The Treo 500 is sort of an odd bird in the Treo family, as it is the only smartphone from Palm that does not feature a touch screen. The Treo 500 ships with Windows Mobile Standard (previously known as the "Smartphone" edition), an OS that does not support touch screen. Suprisingly, Palm has chosen not to market the Treo 500 in the US, despite the success of smartphones like the Motorola Q and Samsung Blackjack. Here in the US, the wait continues for Palm’s next generation Windows Mobile smartphone that many expect will be called the Treo 800w.

Treo 500
Treo 500 features Windows Mobile Standard

Palm Treo 500 Specifications and Features:

  • All-in-one phone and messaging device
  • Access to Gmail, Hotmail/MSN and Yahoo! email
  • Full keyboard for fast and easy typing
  • Large, high-resolution screen
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile web browser
  • Windows Live online services, including MSN Messenger
  • Up to 3G speeds
  • Organiser with address book, calendar, to-do lists, and notes
  • 2.0-megapixel camera for capturing photos and video
  • Windows Media Player Mobile for music and videos
  • Windows Mobile 6 Standard operating system
  • Microsoft Office Mobile for viewing and editing Microsoft Word and Excel documents and viewing PowerPoint and Adobe PDF files
  • 150MB of user-available memory, expandable with microSD expansion card
  • Microsoft Direct Push technology for delivery of Outlook email
  • Bluetooth wireless technology

Source: Scenta