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SlashGear talk GSM Pre with Palm and O2

SlashGear talk GSM Pre with Palm and O2

Palm's big news for today was it's announcement of the GSM Palm Pre and the exclusivity deals the company has carved out with O2 in the UK, Ireland and Germany, and Movistar in Spain.  We had the opportunity to sit down with Palm and O2 today, and talk about what changes they've made to the smartphone, how they see it sitting in a range dominated by the iPhone 3GS, and why European customers will have to wait until the Christmas holidays before they can pick one up.

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Palm Pre appears on Dutch carrier’s support site

Palm Pre appears on Dutch carrier’s support site

Itchy trigger-finger or wishful thinking: either way, it's interesting to see that the Palm Pre has shown up on Dutch carrier Hi's website.  A new support page isn't necessarily big news, but given that Hi is a VMNO brand of KPN and they, in turn, are strongly associated with Telefonica, it makes sense given that O2 (owned by Telefonica - are you confused yet?) is a strong frontrunner for Pre exclusivity.

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O2 warn unofficial iPhone tethering may prompt disconnection

O2 warn unofficial iPhone tethering may prompt disconnection

It hasn't taken hackers long to enable unofficial tethering on iPhone handsets running OS 3.0, and its taken carriers even less time to put out the predictable dire warnings regarding anyone found using such hacks.  UK carrier and official Apple iPhone partner O2 have issued a statement suggesting that anybody found using tethering without their official "Bolt On" package will be charged or disconnected.

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Toshiba TG01 released in next three weeks

Toshiba TG01 released in next three weeks

Snapdragon's appearance in various netbooks over the past few days may have distracted you from the fact that its first proper showing will likely be in the Toshiba TG01.  O2 Germany had already announced their intention to carry the Windows Mobile smartphone, but they've now confirmed that it'll be arriving on the market within the next three weeks.

The TG01 is interesting inside and out, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD2850 1GHz processor inside and a 4.1-inch WVGA resistive touchscreen on the outside.  The whole thing is just 9.9mm thick, despite packing WiFi, HSPA, GPS, Bluetooth and a microSD slot content with up to 32GB cards.  Check out our live photos and video of the smartphone for more details.

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Samsung I7500 Android phone hits O2 Germany in June

Samsung I7500 Android phone hits O2 Germany in June

Tipped over the weekend, O2 Germany have officially announced their first Android handset, the Samsung I7500.  The I7500 has a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash, paired with a 3.2-inch 320 x 480 AMOLED touchscreen, HSPA, GPS and WiFi b/g.

There's also Bluetooth 2.0, a 3.5mm headphone socket and a microUSB port, squeezed into a body that measures just 115 x 56 x 11.9 mm.  The usual array of Google applications are present, including GMail and the Chrome Lite browser, together with the Android Market for downloading further titles.

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