Palm’s kicked off the second generation of webOS devices with the Pre 2, but you wouldn’t know it if you live in the US. Despite international launches, the only way to snag the Pre 2 in the States right now is directly from HP, unlocked, for full price. It’s possible the tide is beginning to turn, as the phone now shows up in Best Buy’s systems.
The data we can gleam from the leaked Best Buy inventory page doesn’t offer much of an insight into exaclty when the Pre 2 will see some wider distribution. Though just being in the that database is a good sign, the price is still the full direct-from-HP cost, and there’s no mention of discounts, rebates, or other carrier subsidies to take advantage of.
The Pre 2 should arrive on Verizon any time now, but everyone involved in the process of launching it on the carrier is being tight-lipped about just when to expect it. The Best Buy data shows the phone available as of December 30, but that clearly doesn’t reflect Verizon’s carrying of the handset. For now, anyone interested in a Pre 2 should just keep waiting it out, or go ahead and swallow the cost of the unlocked edition.