Palm Pre arrival could tempt recyclers

16 October 2009 — 4:13 PM

The Palm Pre went onsale today

Today could be the day some consumers are urged to recycle mobile phones as one of the most eagerly-anticipated models of the year comes to O2.

Shoppers can now get their hands on the Palm Pre smartphone via the network on an exclusive basis and to celebrate, the operator's blog has suggested a number of reasons why the handset may be so desirable.

In addition to a selection of tariffs and packages, it was noted that buyers may be impressed with the full slide-out qwerty keyboard, Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS navigation options.

The phone also offers access to a number of downloadable applications that can be used in conjunction with its dedicated WebOS software.

O2 announced in early July that it would be the sole carrier for the Palm Pre and Matthew Key, chairman and chief executive officer of its parent company Telefonica Europe, said this was reflective of the firm's position as "home of the smartphone".

"Our customers will be the first outside of North America to experience one of the most successful mobile devices of the year," he added.

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