Unlocked GSM Palm Pre 2 launches

Those hoping to get their hands on a Palm Pre 2 for a GSM service can now do so, with an unlocked version of HP's smartphone being offered on the company's site. It retails for $449.99.

The Palm Pre 2.
The Palm Pre 2. HP

Hewlett-Packard is now offering an unlocked GSM version of the Palm Pre 2 on its site.

For $449.99, customers can buy the smartphone, which features a 3.1-inch multitouch display, HP's WebOS 2.0, multitasking, and QuickOffice Connect Mobile Suite. It also comes with a 5-megapixel camera and a 1GHz processor. According to HP, the device is currently in stock and will ship within 24 hours.

The Palm Pre 2 was officially unveiled by HP last month . It was initially revealed by French carrier SFR , prompting HP to confirm its existence. At the time, the company said that the Pre 2 would be offered to Verizon Wireless customers "in the coming months." That version of the smartphone still isn't available.

However, with the unlocked GSM release, customers will now be able to bring the Pre 2 to any GSM carrier.

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