MAKER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INK HP's Pre 3 smartphone has gone on sale at The Carphone Warehouse on Vodafone contract deals.
We've been wondering what was going to happen to the Pre 3 for the last couple of weeks after a busy and chaotic period for the firm. We have now discovered that the smartphone is available from The Carphone Warehouse on contracts as cheap as £10.50 per month with the handset free.
We can't find the phone in stock anywhere else. However, The Carphone Warehouse has told us that it "doesn't have the handset exclusively but it is available in selected stores while stocks last".
HP's online store still says 'Out of stock' with a message that some orders have been cancelled while others have been shipped at 'the standard/agreed price'. Customers who have yet to get back to HP regarding whther they still want their order have until 12pm (BST) today to do so or it will be cancelled.
This afternoon, the firm will "do a final re-allocation of the remaining units". It said, "We expect this to be a quite small number. And on Friday we expect to have shipped all the orders that we can fulfill. At that point we will have no option but to cancel all remaining orders in backlog."
We assume that any orders that do get cancelled will then go back on sale, at what price we don't know, until all stock is allocated. The last thing HP told us was that the phone had been discontinued.
The HP online shop also says, "We, at Palm Eurostore, are continuing to pursue options to try to obtain some Pre 3 product - but as of now we do not expect that any of this SKU (8GB QWERTY) is going to be available to us. Any new information will appear here first."
This is all we know at present and will update this story with any more information we get. µ
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