Across the pond, some of our readers have been getting antsy for a GSM version of the Palm Pre (s palm). Considering we’re big fans of the device — both James and I bought one — I can’t say that I blame you. But the wait is almost over, as O2 will offer the Pre next month in the UK, Ireland and Germany. Germany actually gets a slight head start in the race for the Pre, since they’ll see the handset on Oct. 13, three full days before it appears further west. Pricing varies by location and type of plan — you can get the Pre for free with a hefty monthly contract price or pay a bunch up front and have a minimal monthly bill, for example.
Paying for the phone outright and unlocking it might offer hope to some AT&T (s t) customers looking for a Pre here in the U.S. It turns out that the German version of the Pre is a GSM quad-band device with tri-band support for UMTS/HSPA data, says PreCentral. Yup, the data frequencies supported are 850/1900/2100 which means an unlocked German Pre should work here on AT&T’s 3G network. You might have to deal with some keyboard differences if you go this route, but I’d bet that some homebrew developer will find a way to remap keys.