Unlocked Palm Pre 2 now available from HP for $450

It’s not like we’re surprised, quite the contrary. HP said it will sell the Palm Pre 2 unlocked from its website, allowing folks to use it with the network of their choice as long as they have a SIM card. The price is $450, though businesses can also spread the cost across two years to lease the webOS 2.0-powered smartphone for $13 a month.

At the moment, the Pre 2 is the only webOS game in town and also the only such device with a 1GHz CPU. I’m sure more smartphones and possibly a tablet will be unveiled at the upcoming CES in Las Vegas, but if you can’t wait and the small keyboard coupled with a 3.1-inch is good enough for you, there’s no need for postponing the decision. Proceed to this page on HP’s website and exchange your $450 for the QWERTY slider. Otherwise, if you’re not in a hurry, I would suggest waiting for few more months when I’m sure a larger screen-equipped webOS devices will be launched…

[Via: Engadget]

  • James

    As a WebOS addict, I’m ambivalent about the Pre2. Other than screen, it’s comparable to Droid 2/X, Galaxy S, etc, but….. the screen. It’s nice but it’s not great.

    I’m hoping CES results in a larger, higher-res screen WebOS phone on Sprint by March. I’m not sure how agressive they will be in the design. If they went with the iPhone’s steel frame you could cram an iPhone screen into the Pre’s form factor (the Pre is a couple milimeters wider than the iPhone 4). I’d be torn between a 4″ slate and a 3.5″ screen on the Pre shape.

    Right now Pre2 is a developer phone for the people prepping apps for the CES hardware.

  • James

    As a WebOS addict, I’m ambivalent about the Pre2. Other than screen, it’s comparable to Droid 2/X, Galaxy S, etc, but….. the screen. It’s nice but it’s not great.

    I’m hoping CES results in a larger, higher-res screen WebOS phone on Sprint by March. I’m not sure how agressive they will be in the design. If they went with the iPhone’s steel frame you could cram an iPhone screen into the Pre’s form factor (the Pre is a couple milimeters wider than the iPhone 4). I’d be torn between a 4″ slate and a 3.5″ screen on the Pre shape.

    Right now Pre2 is a developer phone for the people prepping apps for the CES hardware.

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