Palm to finally sell unlocked developer device, Pre 2; Updated | webOS Nation

Palm to finally sell unlocked developer device, Pre 2; Updated

by Derek Kessler Tue, 19 Oct 2010 9:47 am EDT

Palm Pre 2 dev phone After what has felt like an eternity of prodding, Palm is finally going to be releasing unlocked developer devices, and they’re taking advantage of the Palm Pre 2 launch to do so. The new top-tier webOS phone will be available unlocked in the United States (sorry international devs!) in tasty a UMTS variety suitable for unbridled GSM phoning fun. This follows on Palm’s discounted-but-still-carrier-locked Developer Purchase Program from March of this year. Needless to say, we’re thrilled to see Palm finally offering a proper developer phone free of the burden of a contract. And we can’t be nearly as pleased as the developers out there looking to snap up a Pre 2 for developing without switching to another carrier (or locking themselves into a new contract) to get the best that webOS 2.0 has to offer.

Update: Palm has posted up a page about the developer program. We still don't have a date or exact pricing, but this bodes well:

HP is excited to announce that developers will be able to purchase an unlocked UMTS version of the new Palm Pre 2 smartphone in the United States to be a canvas for your creativity. And qualified developers will be able to purchase the unlocked Pre 2 at a substantial discount! [...] We will be announcing more details of the program as well as device availability shortly. Stay tuned! (To be notified when the program starts, send an email to .)

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