Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T? You bet. The first live image of an AT&T-branded HTC Touch Pro2 has emerged proving once and for all that, yes, the device codenamed Fortress is indeed headed to AT&T. It’s way too early to speculate on price and release date (or is it?), but we do have something fairly interesting to report. If you took a close look at our exclusive leak of AT&T’s upcoming launch list you’ll have noticed that the HTC Tilt 2 was listed as model number ST7377. Now take a look at the slide of the Fortress that we saw emerge back in May. Notice anything like, say, a model number of T7337? It appears that the AT&T Touch Pro2 will be released as the Tilt 2 meaning that the Fuze is likely to never have any offspring. Welcome back, Tilt moniker.
The high end Windows Mobile handset dubbed Fuze by AT&T is currently available on the website with a hefty $499 discount, bringing the price down to an even $0. Refurbished, that is. As always, the purchase of a refurbished phone at a basement price will require a 2–year contract and new activation. If you are in the market for a smartphone and don’t mind refurbs, this offer is definitely worth a second look as AT&T’s price smokes those offered by other carriers — $349 for a new Touch Pro with a 2-year Verizon Wireless contract, $299 for a new Touch Pro with a 2-year Sprint contract or $0 for a refurbished AT&T Fuze. Which would you choose?
[Via Fuze Mobility]
Well, it has been rumored forever, caught on video, and we’ve even done our part in sharing the news as well, but we can’t hold out on y’all any longer — we have been toying with the BAS for the greater part of a month. It’s a solid effort on RIM’s part, but will it do anything for them or just waste engineer’s precious time? The answer, friends, is in our review after the break.
Well, well, well. Look what we have here. It seems dear old RIM is getting ready to unleash BlackBerry Application Suite (formerly known as Virtual BlackBerry) sometime in the near future as references to it have been found in some of the latest device.xml files within beta OS releases. Don’t remember what BAS is? It’s the little application for Windows Mobile that lets users run the BlackBerry OS virtually on a Windows Mobile device. Ok, now that we have that out of the way, hit the jump for the real news about BAS.
What better time to announce our giveaway winners than on Christmas eve? We won’t string this one out too long, just want to thank everyone though! We had an awesome response to both giveaways and we’re glad we could make Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) a little brighter this year. Thanks to HTC for the Fuze, and well, the Curve 8900 is out of our own pockets. Without further ado, we’ve got Eric Wilson as the winner of the HTC Fuze, and Mike Sickels as the winner of the BlackBerry Curve 8900! Congrats, guys! Thanks again to everyone that entered. This won’t be our last and we’ve got some great things brewing for the new year. Happy holidays!
BlackBerry Curve 8900 Giveaway! [Now closed]
HTC Fuze Giveaway! [Now closed]
The holidays are coming up fast and well, your buddies at BGR are feeling festive. Sure we’re giving away a shiny new BlackBerry Curve 8900 but we’re not stopping there. How does a brand new HTC Fuze sound? That’s right, the current king of Windows Mobile handsets can be yours for the low, low price of zilch. Our good friends at HTC are feeling the holiday spirit as well and they’re happy to hook up one lucky BGR reader with a brand new Fuze. Here’s how it works:
- To enter into the HTC Fuze giveaway contest, you need to subscribe to our RSS feed. Then, you need to leave a comment below. That’s it!
- The contest is open worldwide to everyone age 18 and older.
- If the winner is outside of the USA, you will be responsible for any applicable import tax, etc. (if necessary) other than standard shipping fees.
- We’ll run the contest until next Sunday, December 21st at 11:59PM ET.
- If you’re already subscribed to our RSS feed, click the RSS icon at the top of the page and let us know in your comment you’re already a subscriber.
- Please state what country you are in when you comment!
Don’t be too sad if your name doesn’t come up on Sunday – we can only have one winner of course. HTC has you covered though, as its giving away one Fuze each day for the next 120 days! Wow, that’s a lot of Fuzes. Head on over to the brand new Fuze microsite that just went live, howifuze.com, and enter the sweepstakes. Beyond the opportunity to win one free Fuze each day, you can also enter for a chance to win one of five huge prizes – four first place winners will be awarded one $15,000 Amex gift card and two Fuzes each, and one grand prize winned will walk away with a $25,000 cash prize and two Fuzes! That’s right people, HTC isn’t playing around…
Good luck everyone!
This right here people is the day you’ve been waiting for. The two best Windows Mobile devices out there; the Sony XPERIA X1 and the AT&T HTC Fuze. We put them head-to-head in a bunch of tests and categories just so we could help make your decision a little bit easier. They are both fabulous phones, both are manufactured by HTC, and both are practically identical in terms of hard specs. But which one comes out on top? Which one are you going to drop a weeks pay on? Well, hit the jump and see what’s really hood with the X1 and the Fuze!
Remember when HTC devices used to look like they were all business and no fun? As we all know, they’ve recently taken a turn with more elegant, classy and sexy designs. Can anyone really say that the Touch Diamond or the Fuze are ugly phones? One & Company Design, Inc. is the San Francisco-based lifestyle design firm responsible for the latest crop of HTC beauties, and HTC is seemingly so please with the firm’s work that it has just announced an acquisition. One & Co. have won several awards for its designs, packaging and products so there is no doubt that this new venture with HTC is going to do well for the latter’s mobile handset line. After a few years working together and bringing the Touch Diamond to life, the two have decided to continue their relationship but will keep their names independent of each other. One & Co. will keep its client base and retain its name while working closely with HTC. If HTC keeps up the innovation and quality it has become known for, it will surely rise pretty quickly with functional and attractive handsets for the future.
Hey folks, it looks like the HTC Fuze, which was release just last week, is making its way to Best Buy. If for some reason you prefer buying your phones through the mega-electronics-retailer, the Windows Mobile phone will be arriving shortly. Oddly, it’s not coming on Black Friday but December 7, to be exact. We’re not quite sure, but the last time a Best Buy stock screen said “Not Carried by Loc”, it meant that it was going to be available online only. Unfortunately, we don’t know what pricing will be like but don’t expect it to be any cheaper than what you can find at AT&T, and since the screen is showing it as the “AT&T HTC Fuze” don’t expect it to be unlocked, either. Still, if the AT&T site or corporate stores weren’t enough channels for getting this awesome new phone out, there is now another source for getting your hands on AT&T’s latest and greatest.
We actually weren’t even going to do an unboxing / first impressions post. Seen one HTC Touch Pro, seen ‘em all, right? Wrong, guys. In a rare example of AT&T not scumming down their devices (adding crapware, horrible themes, removing features, blocking stuff), we think they’ve actually made the device better! For starters, one of the most important things is the connectivity. The regular Touch Pro does not have tri-band UMTS/HSDPA support. The AT&T Fuze does. Also check this… on the original Touch Pro, there were no “OK” and “Start” buttons. A complete meltdown of necessary Windows Mobile functionality. Well, AT&T’s Fuze has both. Instead of the numbers being laid out across the top row of keys, they are in classic number pad format on the left side of the keyboard, and we’re actually really feeling the default AT&T TouchFLO theme here. They even made it so the Start menu was always visible on the home screen, too. We approve. How about a short, short summary? The AT&T HTC Fuze is the best Windows Mobile Professional phone on the market. Good? Make sure you hit the gal-gal for all the shots!
Note: we haven’t reviewed the Sprint Touch Pro, so we’re not sure if the key layout is the same, etc.
Have you had enough of this AT&T Fuze flurry hitting you left and right with constant updates? Didn’t think so. Just hours ago, we let loose some pics of the HTC Fuze in its official packaging in all its glory, and now it’s live on AT&T’s website. First AT&T stores have started receiving some early shipments and now this? Is anyone going to start losing sleep over this or perhaps sleep in their cars in the AT&T store parking lot? If you’re hauling your piggy banks with you, remember that this is going to set you back $299.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate. But hey, we all know the good news and that’s that if there are no corporate stores in your area, you can order yours online now!
Thanks, R and MrSlacker!
Rest easy, HTC fans – it looks like AT&T is starting to get its first shipments of the HTC Fuze. We got a hold of some of pictures showing the Fuze sitting pretty in its AT&T packaging, just waiting for its launch date so it can officially go on sale. It’s so close you can practically taste it. How many of you will be hitting AT&T tomorrow morning to see if you score one of these bad boys for yourself? Hit the jump for a few more shots of the Fuze!
Looks like the Fuze may be hitting sooner than initially anticipated. An anonymous tipster just dropped some official AT&T documents on us that show the Fuze dropping on November 11th. Start saving your dough now as the Fuze will be a bit pricey according to Big Blue’s recommended pricing:
- No Commitment : $499.99
- 1 Year Contract w/o $50 MIR : $424.99
- 1 Year Contract w/ $50 MIR : $374.99
- 2 Year Contract w/o $50 MIR : $349.99
This looks pretty official so were gonna give it a thumbs up. Now we just have to wait for AT&T to officially confirm it. Hit the jump for all the Fuze and Fuze accessory info you can handle.