Sprint and HTC officially announce the HTC Hero; $179.99 on October 11th

Well, so much for all that. It turns out the stars were apparently aligned and Sprint’s HTC Hero will indeed be launching on October 11th. Sprint fans rejoice! The nation’s number three wireless carrier’s first Android-powered handset is a doozy — definitely the sexiest official Android handset to date. You already know everything there is to know about the Hero, and if you don’t then you clearly weren’t paying attention to our extensive review. The most important (and obvious) thing to note regarding Sprint’s version is the look; as with HTC’s various versions of the Snap, the Hero has been completely restyled for Sprint. Gone are the hard lines and prominent chin, having been replaced by rounded corners and, well, a baby chin. To be completely honest, we’re really digging both designs. The Hero will launch for Sprint on October 11th, as mentioned above, for $179.99 on a 2-year contract after rebate. An unlimited data plan will be required and Sprint’s Everything Data plans start at $69.99 per month for 450 peak minutes and the works.

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