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Rumor: GSM Palm Pre Announcement Soon

by Dieter Bohn Wed, 23 Sep 2009 8:09 pm EDT

Buckle up, it's rumor time again.

We've received several tips that Palm Europe will be announcing the release dates and pricing for the GSM version of the Palm Pre very soon, quite possibly tomorrow. Unfortunately, since Telefonica operates differently in different countries, pinning down exact pricing and availability for each region has been difficult.

As always, things in the rumormill are to be taken with a grain of salt, but a previously reliable tipster has laid down some details. For O2 Germany, the release date looks to be October 13th. The Pre should be available fully unlocked for around 480€ straight up (That's just over $700 US), less of course on contract.

The UK, Spain, and Ireland details are still up in the air as of this writing, but it's no guarantee that they will be available unlocked given Palm's nastygrams to websites claiming to offer preorders. If they're not available unlocked, we'll likely see a race to figure out how to do that since the unlocked German version will come with a QWERTZ keyboard.

We shouldn't have long to wait and see whether this pans out or not, but we hope it does while at the same time are hoping a previous rumor won't.