It's been over two months since the Palm Pre 2 was announced, with the company saying that the Verizon version of the device would be released "in the coming months." The handset's available in Europe, and you can even buy yourself a GSM-based unlocked version of the second generation Pre, but there hasn't been any word on the handset landing on Verizon since its announcement. Of course, there's been rumors, but nothing official. And while seeing the Pre 2 appear in Best Buy's system is no indicator as to when, exactly, the handset will be showing up for sale, at least we know that the retailer is getting ready to sell it. And that's a pretty good step forward.
Thanks to an anonymous tipster, the above screenshot was taken from Best Buy's internal system. Here, we can see that the Palm Pre 2 for Verizon as clearly being listed. We'll have to ignore that little bit about December 30th, 2010, because we've gone ahead and passed that day. The system says you'll be able to buy the handset, which will hopefully be equipped with the latest and greatest version of webOS 2.0, for $499 out-right. Unfortunately, there's no mention of what the electronics retailer would sell it for on contract.
Unless the Pre 2 suddenly goes on sale today all over the United States, Palm won't see the Pre 2 launched for Verizon in 2010. It's unfortunate, but if you're eagerly waiting to make this your next phone, at least you know it's still coming. Either that, or you could just wait for another one to show up on eBay again.