HTC Ozone to land on Verizon June 29th

By on June 20, 2009 at 9:12 AM.

HTC Ozone to land on Verizon June 29th

Remember the HTC Ozone? Of course you do and so does one of our Verizon ninjas because we’ve received word that the Ozone (also known as the XV6175, Snap, Cedar and Willow if you’re so inclined) will apparently be available online starting June 29th with brick and mortar availability to follow on July 13th. Pricing is still something we’ve yet to zero in on but if you’re the sort of person who stands by Big Red and are absolutely dying to get your hands on an all-too-rare WinMo-powered candybar with a full-QWERTY, then something tells us price is no object. Right?

Thanks, goldciv!

UPDATE: Looks as if pricing will be $119.99 on a 2-year although it looks like there will also be a $70 MIR.

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T-Mobile Dash 3G launching July 15th

By on June 15, 2009 at 1:32 PM.

T-Mobile Dash 3G launching July 15th

We just got our hands on this T-Mobile product sheet which, unfortunately has no handset photo, nevertheless clearly indicates that T-Mobile’s Dash 3G device (most likely an HTC Snap) will be launching in all channels on July 15th. Sadly there’s no price on here, but we’d wager that with a new 2-year agreement it won’t break the bank. Here’s a spec recap for those that are interested:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • T-Mobile AWS 3G
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • GPS
  • 528MHz processor
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • microSD slot
  • Stereo Bluetooth

Any questions?

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Sprint HTC Snap available now from Best Buy, coming to Radio Shack tomorrow; still not on Sprint's website?

By on June 11, 2009 at 2:30 PM.

Sprint HTC Snap available now from Best Buy, coming to Radio Shack tomorrow; still not on Sprint's website?

In all the excitement surrounding the Pre, it appears as though Sprint may have forgotten about the poor HTC Snap. Rumored to be available starting Sunday June 7th, the Snap is still nowhere to be found on Sprint’s website. A new rumor however, suggests that the Snap will hit Radio Shack tomorrow for a contract price of $149.99. Curiously enough, the Snap is also still on Best Buy’s website and is apparently available for a contract-free price of $519.99 — in-store pickup is even available with several stores showing available inventory. If you are desperate for this Windows Mobile phone and have loads of cash laying around, hit up Best Buy to get your handset today. Those who are desperate but financially strapped may have to wait until tomorrow to see if the rumored Radio Shack launch materializes. Everyone else will just have to wait for Sprint to get its act together and get this phone out the door.

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HTC Ozone gets spied on its way to Verizon

By on June 3, 2009 at 1:33 PM.

HTC Ozone gets spied on its way to Verizon

There’s no question — the HTC Snap was in dire need of yet another moniker. Snap, Cedar and Willow were hardly enough so our pals at Verizon have gone and added another name to the pile… Say hello to the HTC Ozone. With Sprint’s version of the Snap jumping off this Sunday, we had a sneaking suspicion that Verizon’s Snap wouldn’t be far behind. Lo and behold, one of our Verizon ninjas just swooped down and dropped this screenshot on us. So far no pricing or release timing are available but training is set to kick off next week so the release shouldn’t be too far off. Notables from the provided info are Wi-Fi, Microsoft My Phone compatibility, Visual Voicemail, VZ Nav, Internet Explorer 6 mobile and of course the fact that it’s a world phone. Hit the jump for a bigger shot.

Thanks, KrazyVZW!

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Sprint HTC Snap gets unboxed

By on June 2, 2009 at 12:48 PM.

Sprint HTC Snap gets unboxed

Believe it or not, there is actually more than one Sprint handset being launched this weekend. No, seriously! Right on schedule, the HTC Snap has touched down in Sprint stores across the country and your pals at BGR decided to share a few quick unboxing pics. Courtesy of one of our ninjas, behold Sprint’s iteration of the Snap. Sure the pictures are a little blurry and sure it’s hard to get excited about the Snap when the Pre launch is the day before, but business users may be happy to see a pure business handset as it gets ready for lift off this Sunday. Hit the jump for a few more shots including a size comparison with the BlackBerry Bold.

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Sprint's HTC S511 Snap makes an appearance on Best Buy website

By on May 31, 2009 at 8:58 AM.

Sprint's HTC S511 Snap makes an appearance on Best Buy website

A week prior to its rumored June 7th debut, the Sprint version of the HTC Snap, (aka HTC Willow aka HTC Cedar) has made an appearance on Best Buy’s website. All the glorious details are there, including a few stock photos and a $519 out of contract price tag. Expect Sprint to make this handset official sometime this week along with actual pricing and availability. One word of caution for any n00bs out there, if you head over to Sprint on the 7th to pick up a Pre and it is out of stock, don’t let them sell you the Snap instead. This baby is for Motorola Q lovers looking for a boost, not potential Pre owners.

Thanks, Brandon!

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Live photos of the HTC Willow for Sprint emerge

By on May 13, 2009 at 5:24 PM.

Live photos of the HTC Willow for Sprint emerge

Courtesy of PPC Geeks forum member orionsbuckle, live shots of the Sprint-branded HTC Willow have emerged. The Willow is the CDMA version of the HTC Snap and shares similar specs which include a 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 320×240 display, 2 megapixel camera and Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard. Externally, the handset shares the front-facing QWERTY keyboard of the Snap but has slightly different button layout. The Willow is expected to launch for a mere $149 on June 7th in what is shaping up to be a very big launch day for Sprint. Hit the jump for a few more closeups.

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HTC Snap, Touch Pro 2 and more to hit T-Mobile this summer

By on May 6, 2009 at 3:40 PM.

HTC Snap, Touch Pro 2 and more to hit T-Mobile this summer

A simple post about the launch of T-Mobile’s upcoming Visual Voicemail service has revealed a proverbial goldmine of information about the Summer launch of several hot handsets for T-Mobile. In chronological order, we have the following phones and their respective launch dates:

  • Sony Ericsson CS8: 6/24/2009
  • T-Mobile Dash 3G (HTC Snap): 7/1/2009
  • Sony Ericsson CS5: 7/8/2009
  • Samsung t469 “Smiley”: 7/15/2009
  • Samsung t549 “XO”: 7/15/2009
  • HTC Rhodium (Touch Pro 2): 7/22/2009

Oh yeah, and there’s also a Visual Voicemail service launching on July 16th. Sadly missing from the list is the HTC Magic, aka the MyTouch 3G, whose marked absence from the list may possibly be explained by a pre-Summer launch date. No need to include the Magic if it will already be available before the end of June!

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Canada's TELUS to get the HTC Snap World Edition and Touch Pro2 World Edition

By on May 2, 2009 at 11:30 AM.

Canada's TELUS to get the HTC Snap World Edition and Touch Pro2 World Edition

Well isn’t this interesting. One of our TELUS ninjas just sent us some snapshots of the TELUS inventory system which now lists both the HTC Touch Pro2 World Edition and the HTC Snap World Edition. This is the first time we know of that either of these devices have shown up in a carrier’s inventory system. While nothing is confirmed, we have to think we’re looking at EV-DO Rev. A for both handsets along with dual-band GSM as the World Edition moniker implies. Beyond that we’re guessing they tout pretty much the same specs as their respective GSM counterparts. As always, we’ll dig as deep as we can to get more information and report back ASAP. Until then, rest easy knowing that it can’t be too long until two more awesome smartphones arrive on the TELUS network. Hit the jump for a shot of the HTC Snap listed in the TELUS inventory system.

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HTC @ CTIA

By on April 1, 2009 at 7:29 PM.

HTC @ CTIA

There’s a reason companies around the world often go to HTC when they need to outsource handsets — they’re without a doubt among the best when it comes to build, form and design. This year at CTIA, the HTC Snap announced this morning was the only new addition the company showed off, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take another look at two of the most exciting upcoming handsets currently on deck too, right? Hit the jump and get your gawk on.

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HTC means business, unveils HTC Snap and “Inner Circle”

By on April 1, 2009 at 10:42 AM.

HTC means business, unveils HTC Snap and “Inner Circle”

Fresh from CTIA day 1 in Las Vegas, HTC is about to unveil its latest Windows Mobile handset that sets its sites on the likes of BlackBerrys and the Nokia E71. Slim and sleek, the HTC Snap sports a sexy 12mm-thick case and a smooth QWERTY keyboard. At first glance the Snap may seem a bit behind the times as far as specs go — the 2 megapixel camera is pretty underwhelming and Windows Mobile 6.1 standard is soooo 2008, but let’s put things in perspective. Consider the handset’s competition: The BlackBerry Bold has a 2 megapixel camera and the Nokia E71 has a slightly beefier 3.2 megapixel shooter, though we’ve seen sun prints that come out clearer than E71 pictures. Beyond that, neither handset wields what we would call an up-to-date OS. Instead, they rely on tried and true platforms known for stability and functionality over sex appeal and zip — just like Windows Mobile 6.1.

The HTC Snap is a messaging handset for people whose first priority in terms of handsets is communications. In that vein, the Snap will be HTC’s first handset to feature its new “Inner Circle” email prioritization system. It’s pretty clever, actually — Inner Circle allows users to define a group of high priority contacts. When inboxes start to get a bit out of control, a simple tap on the dedicated Inner Circle button will automatically place any emails from high priority contacts at the top of the inbox. Simple yet pretty smart, we’d say. Add to that the fact that email/PIM is without question one of Windows Mobile’s strong points and you’ve got yourself one hell of a work horse. As far as the US is concerned, expect an unlocked version dubbed the HTC S522 (with AT&T-compatible 3G) to drop this Summer. Hit the jump for the full specs, a bunch of additional images and the full release.

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