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UK carriers taking a pass on Pre3, jolly 'ole England not so jolly

by Derek Kessler Wed, 17 Aug 2011 5:00 pm EDT

This week’s not turning out to be a good news week for HP so far. Tomorrow HP will announce their Q3 earnings, but in the meantime they have to deal with bad reports about the HP TouchPad’s sales, the softer-than-soft launch of the HP Pre3, and the fact that their legacy products are disappearing from carriers with no replacement announced. And things aren’t going to be looking up in the UK either – no carriers there currently sell a webOS phone, and it looks as if none of the carriers are interested in doing so in the future.

The folks over at The Inquirer reached out to the United Kingdom’s mobile operators and asked specifically about the Pre3, and the responses they got were not encouraging. O2 has no plans for the Pre3, nor does Vodafone or Three. Orange, which has put up a support page for the upcoming webOS smartphone, has a more nuanced answer: they’re going to offer the device, but it won’t be through any of their brick-and-mortar or online stores – instead the Orange Pre3 will be available through “indirect channels,” which we’re taking to mean third-party resellers such as Clove.co.uk, Play.com, and Mobiles.co.uk.

UK carriers might not be interested, but that doesn’t rule out the rest of the world now, does it? Well, it certainly doesn’t rule it in. O2 Germany’s already taken a pass, and we can all but declare Sprint an impossibility at this point. In fact, we’ve had nary a peep from any US carrier about the phone, but given that HP “expect[s] to share additional information for U.S. customers soon,” perhaps we won’t have to wait much longer to find out.

Source: The Inquirer; Thanks to joat and Jeff for the tips!

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