MAKER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INK HP has announced that its Pre 3 smartphone will go back on sale this week.
The firm can't seem to make its mind up whether it's selling its WebOS devices or not after deciding to discontinue them. The Pre 3 will go on sale, possibly at a reduced price of £69, within the next few days. This won't be the normal Qwerty version but a Azerty model where the Q and W keys are swapped with A and Z, primarily for French language punters.
Last night on its web store HP said, "Palm Eurostore is pleased to announce that we expect to be in a position to offer the HP Pre 3 AZERTY model (FB436AA#ABF) for sale very soon - hopefully before the end of this week. You'll forgive us if we take just a little more time to ensure we are 100% confident we will be in a position to fulfill all expectations in relation to orders placed."
This is all the information we have but it definitely won't be the normal version (FB437AA#ABU), which the store says is out of stock and no longer available. There's no indication of how many will be available, but based on HP's refund program the phone could cost £69 even though the store currently has it listed at £299.
HP has started a refund program that entitles UK customers compensation for its Touchpad and Pre 3 devices. So if you missed a cut price one earlier then all is not lost.
If you bought an HP Touchpad or Pre 3 and registered your WebOS account before 23 August then HP is offering to refund you the difference. The move means that the Touchpad will cost customers as little as £89, £115 or £159 for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, respectively, and the Pre 3 £69 instead of £299.
HP said, "Subject to the remainder of these terms and conditions customers can claim the compensation amount on the qualifying HP products illustrated in the table below (the 'Qualifying HP Products') if their purchasing price was higher than the HP defined minimum price level also illustrated in the table below and they have been activated/registrated within their webOS account before 23rd of August 2011."
You can claim for your money back on HP's web site, where you will need to fill in details such as your device's serial number, date of purchase and vendor. It appears that it doesn't matter where you bought your device from or how much it cost. You will need to provide proof of purchase to qualify, however, and the deadline for applications is 1 October.
The Azerty model of the Pre 3 is now available to purchase from the Palm Eurostore priced at £169. µ