In a move that can only be described as rather odd, it seems that the original ROM that HTC released with the initial shipment of Touch Diamond handsets disabled the phone’s support for the 850MHz band. Strange, right? It’s not all bad news, however. The company has just released a ROM update for its North American customers, unlocking the full potential of the 850MHz EDGE band for AT&T customers. Sure, this won’t bring you anything close to US 3G speeds, but with the absence of a full hardware refresh this is the next best thing. It makes the Diamond marginally more usable on our shores, and show that HTC is committed to ongoing improvement for their diminutive new touchscreen phone. We’re not sure how this is possible when an HTC employee specifically responded to our rant about the Touch Diamond not being a quad-band device, but we guess this will do for now…

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