According to a report in the Guardian newspaper UK mobile operator O2 will next week announce a deal with Palm to be the exclusive UK partner for the Palm Pre mobile phone handset. O2 has so far refrained from commenting on the report. Update: O2's Palm Pre UK exclusive confirmed.
The Palm Pre is considered the most viable alternative to the Apple iPhone, and getting an exclusive UK distribution deal is a coup for O2. Reports suggest that the previously struggling Palm has already sold more than 300,000 Pre devices in the US since it went on sale only last month.
O2 has an exclusive deal with Apple to stock the iPhone, and is the UK's largest mobile phone network. The Apple iPhone 3GS went on sale through O2 recently, and continued the phenomenal success of Apple's smartphone.
Meanwhile the Palm Pre has been a hit with reviewers, and is eagerly anticipated by UK smartphone fans. Unlike Apple's iPhone it has a full slideout keyboard.
The Pre's screen has also been judged in some quarters as better than its Apple rival, and it boasts Palm's ground-breaking WebOS, which makes navigation and user interaction a fun, pain-free affair.
The Pre doesn't require a cable to charge, needing only to sit on what Palm calls its "Touchstone", and charging via magnetic induction.
See also: Palm Pre review
See also: Apple iPhone 3GS review