Bell Mobility to offer Palm Pre in Canada in second half of 2009

“Palm Inc. said on Wednesday that Canada’s Bell Mobility would start selling its upcoming Pre smartphone in the second half of this year,” Sinead Carew reports for Reuters.

“The unit of BCE Inc. is the second carrier to announce that it would sell Pre, which is seen as Palm’s best bet to rejuvinate its business and recoup market share lost to rivals such as Apple Inc’s iPhone,” Carew reports. “Sprint Nextel Corp, the No. 3 U.S. mobile service, is planning to start selling Pre by the end of June.”

“UBS analyst Maynard Um said in a research note that ‘a larger and more prominent carrier would have been preferable’ to Bell Mobility, which he said has about 4.75 million monthly bill-paying users,” Carew reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Palm Pre. The “choice” of also-ran carriers across the U.S.* and Canada. Rogers, the exclusive carrier of Apple’s revolutionary iPhone, the device after which Palm’s apparently priceless** Pre is modeled, currently provides wireless voice and data communications services across Canada to more than 8 million customers under both the Rogers Wireless and Fido brands.

**Pre’s retail price still hasn’t been announced by Palm.

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