Vodafone has played down the blogosphere rumours, but fallen far short of denying interest in the phone, saying only that at this time it has 'no plans for the Palm Pre'.
Sources such as the MobileTopSoft blog disagree, however. MobileTopSoft quotes "various leaks from Vodafone officials" as saying that the Palm Pre "will head to the UK via Vodafone ... an exclusive deal which will consolidate Vodafone's position in the UK".
Vodafone has a history of working with Palm, notably on the Palm Treo 500v handset. But prior to the iPhone/O2 contract being announced, it's believed that several UK carriers held talks with Apple - including Vodafone.