Various newswires have seized on a report in a Spanish newspaper which indicates that Telefónica, O2's parent company, has been given exclusive rights to the Palm Pre in the UK, Spain and Latin America.
However, a UK spokesman for Palm dismissed the reports as rumour, and claimed that they were based on a misunderstanding. He declined to say when the Pre might appear in the UK, or which carrier or carriers will have it.
The handset is being portrayed as a make-or-break device for Palm, which has seen its market share eaten away by rivals such as Apple's iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry.
The Pre features a 3.1in touch screen with a slide-out Qwerty keyboard, and supports 3G, Wi-Fi and GPS.
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