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The tiny Palm phone will be a Vodafone exclusive

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We knew Palm was launching a tiny phone known only as Palm, but now comes word it will be exclusive to Vodafone in the UK.

The red network will be the only place to buy the phone for the first six months, after which other stockists will be able to offer it.

The handset is made by a Silicon Valley start-up that bought the rights to the Palm brand name. Palm was big in the 90s thanks to its personal digital assistants (PDAs). These were basically early versions of smartphones, but they were very much aimed at businesspeople.

The firm was bought by Hewlett Packard in 2010, but production of its new devices ended just a year later. In 2014, it was sold to a company owned by TCL Corporation, which also owns the Alcatel brand name. The Silicon Valley start-up launching the new phone is funded by TCL and, bizarrely, NBA basketball star Stephen Curry.

The phone has a teeny 3.3-inch LCD screen, making it about the size of a credit card. It’s designed as a secondary phone to complement your main handset. Though we’ll have to see how many people will see that as a viable expense.

An exact release date and price are yet to be announced.

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