Pre 2 drops to $50 on contract in US, absolutely nothing in UK (and Canada) [update: Make that $30]
HP’s online phone depot HP Wireless Central has long been selling Palm devices at a nice discount, and even had the new Verizon Palm Pre 2 running for $50 less at release than the carrier itself. Now they’ve gone and cut the price a bit more (quite a bit more) to just $49.99 on contract. If you’re looking to buy off-contract, you’d be better off going through Verizon, as Big Red will charge ‘ya $409.99 compared to HP’s $429.99.
If you happen to be across the pond, the only way you’re going to get your hands on a Palm Pre 2 is by living in France and going with SFR, or by buying one unlocked direct from HP. Online retailed BuyMobilePhones.net wants to make things a bit easier for you, and is offering the Palm Pre 2 (still unlocked) subsidized in combination with a few dozen different plans from O2, Orange, and Vodafone. In this case, you’d also be better off going with BuyMobilePhones.net for the contract-free variet, as they want £336.95 versus HP’s £399.00. Both are ridiculous mark-ups from their Yankee coin counterparts: US$547.50 and US$648.31 (eek), respectively.
Update: protofa chimed in early and fast in the comments to let us know that HP's Verizon Pre 2 contract price has change - it's now $29.99 on a new or renewed contract. Get one while it's hot!
Update 2: wt has chimed in to let us know that the Pre 2 is also available for free in Canada, both after a special $100 discount with a 3-year contract on Rogers (for all smartphones) and for straight-up free with a contract from reseller Wireless Wave. Neither deal seems to be available online, though.