Earlier this morning, we told you about HTC’s EVO 4G Shift (although this morning it was called the EVO Shift 4G) making a cameo in a RadioShack flyer, and this afternoon it looks like accessories for the device have made their way to Best Buy as well. Engadget was sent in images of the Invisible Shield screen protector, designed specifically for the 4G Shift’s 3.6-inch window, that arrived at a Best Buy retail location. Between this, the RadioShack advert, and CES being next week… the writing seems to be on the wall. Who’s interested in a EVO 4G Shift? More →
Hardcore messaging fanatics on AT&T have a few more options to look forward to in the near future. If you find yourself in need of a full QWERTY keyboard and blazing fast data speeds aren’t a necessity, the Samsung Shift and LG Etna might be for you – if the Propel, Quickfire, Slate, Matrix and Duo just aren’t cutting it, that is. The Samsung Shift is a 2G candybar phone that has a full QWERTY keyboard and apparently not much else to tout; perfect for those who do some talking, a little browsing and a whole lot of messaging. It’s a pretty basic handset and really doesn’t offer much to squeal about with EDGE speeds, a VGA camera and no real smartphone features. But there is something for everyone and the Shift definitely has its purpose. For a video of the Shift along with info and a video of the Etna, hit the jump.
Right on time, Roger and HTC have announced the official launch of the Shift UMPC. This marks the first carrier supported version of HTC’s unique mobile computer. The Rogers HTC Shift is available starting today for $1599.99 (Canadian), sporting the usual 40 GB hard drive, 7″ touchscreen, Wi-Fi b/g, HSDPA, Bluetooth, and more. Customers will be required to sign a 3-year contract on a minimum $50/month data plan. HTC and Rogers also announced a future device update, promised within 3 months, that will provide Telenav GPS navigation functionality. This is good news for anyone that absolutely needs carrier support, but if you’re in the market for a Shift, the unlocked version might still present a better value. $1,600 Canadian translates into about $1,622 U.S. If you look hard enough, you can find an brand new unlocked Shift for $1,499 U.S., which should come to you without the 3 year contract and SIM lock. Nuff Said.
One of Roger ninjas hit us up to give us the breakdown of mobile device launches for the month of June. It’s a pretty impressive line-up if you ask us. As usual, dates do change, but this is what we got so far:
- BlackBerry Bold launch time frame is June 9th-29th. (we don’t have an exact date just yet)
- The HTC Shift will launch on Rogers within the next 10 days. Rumored date is May 22nd, and it’s going for $1,500 on a 3-year agreement.
- The Motorola E8 will be making the trek up north for a June launch. No specific launch date or pricing info yet.
- The Motorola ROKR U9 which as we’re told was supposed to be launched in May, will now be launched in June on Fido.
- Motorola’s W755r (same exact model AT&T has) will also be coming to Rogers in June.
- We’ve also been told Rogers will not be getting the BlackBerry 8320. They are sticking to the BlackBerry 8120 and BlackBerry 8820 for their UMA action.
I think we’ve about covered it for now. Also, the BlackBerry Bold date seems a tad early, so we’d guess it would be launched towards the tail-end of that timeframe. AT&T should either launch before that date, or soon after as we can’t imagine Rogers getting it first. But that’s our own prediction and not based off actual AT&T internal information. Who’s excited out there