O2 has followed its exclusivity deal for the iPhone 3G S by sealing the rights to be sole network carrier for the Palm Pre, it has been claimed.
According to a report in the Guardian, the mobile phone network will announce it is the Palm’s UK partner later this week having overcome a strong challenge from Orange for the new mobile phone.
Since launching in the US earlier this year, the Palm Pre is thought to have sold over 300,000 units.
Prior to the success of the handset, Palm was believed to have been struggling to compete in an increasingly crowded market, having lost a significant slice of its market share to push email-enabled BlackBerry mobile phones and previous editions of the iPhone.
A concrete UK release date for the Palm Pre has yet to be confirmed, but it is rumoured that an announcement will be forthcoming on July 7th.
Features of the touchscreen-operated mobile phone include a full slide-out Qwerty keyboard, 8GB of internal memory, GPS, Wi-Fi and a changeable battery to make usage more flexible.