HTC Fuze returns to AT&T site

By on November 3, 2008 at 2:15 PM.

HTC Fuze returns to AT&T site

After a number of false alarms, it looks like the HTC Fuze has begun its entry into AT&T corner of the web. The handset has shown up on a rebate sheet that was posted to AT&T’s site. There’s not a ton of info to complement the appearence, but the presence of a model number, AT&T Tilt (HTC P4600), and activation requirements, $45 or $20 messaging plan + voice, hopefully means that a launch is immiment. That being said, we’re losing faith in the death star’s ability to reliably push new handsets out of door, especially given the Blackberry Bold debacle, so we wouldn’t hold our breath for a timely release.

[Via FuzeMobility]

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Sprint Touch Pro now available on web

By on November 2, 2008 at 12:09 PM.

Sprint Touch Pro now available on web

Woo! Sprint customers in need of a sexy new smartphone will be happy to learn that the Touch Pro’s limited availability is now a thing of the past. HTC’s beast of a QWERTY slider is officially ripe for the picking and can be snagged from the Sprint site for a cool $299.99 with free shipping and free activation of a new line. Not bad, not bad. It should be noted that $299.99 is the 2-year contract price and includes a $100 mail-in rebate. In order to qualify for the rebate, you must sign up for an Everything plan or slap on a Data Premier add-on or PRO Pack add-on. All good though, you were going to do that anyway. With the Touch Pro coming in at a narrow $50 more than the Touch Diamond, we wonder who would opt for the latter over the former. Would you? Whatever the case, break out that plastic Sprint fans, it’s finally time to scoop up the Pro.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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Leaked document hints at a release date for the Verizon Wireless Samsung Omnia

By on November 1, 2008 at 12:39 PM.

Leaked document hints at a release date for the Verizon Wireless Samsung Omnia

A document leaked by VZW E, a well known tipster over at Howard Forums details the training dates of some upcoming Verizon Wireless smartphones. The Blackberry Storm and Touch Diamond were mentioned in a previous leak of training information but this information about the Samsung Omnia is new. Rumored to be coming to Verizon in November, previously leaked documents contained the very broad “coming in November” target release date. According to this new document, the Omnia training is slated to begin November 15th which means we can expect the Omnia to hit the shelves soon there after. The optimistic among us are hoping for a possible release during the last week of November but we will most likely see the phone arrive sometime in December. This is great news for all of you who are anxiously awaiting the Omnia but the document does leave us wondering what happened to the HTC XV6850 a.k.a. Touch Pro, and the Samsung i770 Saga both of which were rumored for a November release along with the Omnia. With no apparent training dates showing up on this document and rumors of delays circulating for both handsets, it looks like we may have to wait a bit before we can get our grubby mitts on the XV6850 or the i770.

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Bell and Solo Mobile Q4 line-up

By on October 27, 2008 at 5:27 AM.

Bell and Solo Mobile Q4 line-up

One of our Bell ninjas has just come through for us in a huge way by sending us the entire Bell and Solo Mobile line-up for Q4. A lot of new devices are going to be hitting the shelves in time for the Christmas push and by the looks of it, Bell is ready to do some serious battle with rivals Rogers and Telus. Oh, and before you go ignoring this paragraph, it was internally announced that Bell will be getting an Android phone made by Motorola sometime in 2009. Just throwing that out there. The last and final thing that needs to be said is that these dates assume that not everything goes smoothly. As we all know, things can always happen at that cause delays, right RIM? Anyway, let’s go to it.

Handsets

  • BlackBerry Storm launches on November 21st.
  • HTC Diamond in early November. Includes 200 songs on 4GB internal memory.
  • HTC Touch Pro will launch in early December
  • LG Reveal in early November. Includes “Shimmer Kit” consisting of a case and crystal covered Bluetooth headset by Swarovski.
  • LG Voyager in mid-November. Includes is 350 songs on a pre-loaded 2GB microSD card.
  • Samsung Cleo in early November
  • Sanyo Pro 200 in late November
  • Sanyo Pro 700 in late November

Monthly Plans

  • Introduction of monthly roll-over minutes
  • Uber plans now include evenings and weekends starting at 5pm
  • $15 per month for unlimited SMS and voicemail
  • Option to buy $30 data plan without voice plan

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Verizon’s Touch Pro may not be neutered after all

By on October 26, 2008 at 11:48 AM.

Verizon’s Touch Pro may not be neutered after all

Pure speculation here, no concrete confirmation, just a case of putting two and two together. Now that we have gotten the disclaimer out of the way, let’s see what we have uncovered about the much anticipated and much debated Verizon Wireless Touch Pro by HTC. A document leaked by Phone Arena in August shows that the Sprint Touch Pro will ship with the Qualcomm 7501A processor clocked at 528MHz, while the Verizon variant will have the slower Qualcomm 7500 processor clocked at 400MHz. This single document has set off a whirlwind of discussion about whether the Verizon Touch Pro has been neutered. Of course Verizon is well known for neutering its phones which makes the specs on this sheet somewhat believable. A few folks over at Howard Forums claim to have knowledge of the XV6850 and insist that the Verizon version does have the 528 MHz processor. They have not provided any concrete evidence presumably because they are under an NDA. While we wait for more sturdy reports or for Verizon to finally announce the phone, we have been busy doing our own sleuthing and may have unwittingly substantiated their claims. You see, there is another post over at PPC Geeks from a technician who works in a repair/order/design facility for HTC. According to PPC Geeks, he is a reliable source. He says, and we quote:

I hear the Verizon Touch Pro will be crippled…true?
Yes, will it be crippled SADLY yes, it will have a lower CPU and memory, but from the test model I honestly did not see a difference unless you use some serious programs. UPDATE: Verizon phone does show a 7501a chipset so its looking like it will be crippled

Did you see the light bulb turn on? He says the Verizon phone has the 7501a chipset, the SAME chipset the Sprint version supposedly has and it’s the chipset that clocks in at 528MHz. We know that most of this rests on both sources being accurate but it does offer just the faintest glimmer of hope for you Verizon customers out there. Stay tuned as our ninjas are hard at work trying to get to the bottom of this.

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Three new Verizon handsets leaked: Samsung Omnia and Saga, HTC Touch Pro

By on October 25, 2008 at 1:41 PM.

Three new Verizon handsets leaked: Samsung Omnia and Saga, HTC Touch Pro

Finally, a little more holiday love from the jolly red giant. Sure the BlackBerry Storm will be out before Santa rolls around this year but it’s always nice to have options – especially since the Storm’s touchy clicky screen will surely not appeal to everyone. Worry not, it looks like the boys in red have a few treats for you. First up, the Samsung Omnia. Pictured above sporting a Verizon Wireless boot screen, the Omnia is one of Samsung’s answers to the, dare we say, iPhone. Optical mouse, nice big touchscreen, Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, 5 megapixel camera, GPS, 8 GB of internal memory… You know the drill. Next up, the HTC Touch Pro. There’s no way that Verizon would let Sprint have all the QWERTY HTC fun. Interesting to note that the image (after the jump) shows the Touch Pro with a standard Windows Mobile today screen – what a massive fail that would be! Expect pricing right around $300 to fall in line with Sprint’s offering. Last, and least, is the Samsung i770 Saga. We found out that the i770 was coming to Verizon earlier this month and it will replace the aging i760. The d-pad / mouse mode setup is kind of cool but we doubt we’d opt for it over the Touch Pro or Omnia. There you have it people – hit the jump for a pic of Verizon’s Touch Pro and Saga.

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Sprint makes HTC Touch Pro official, coming October 26th

By on October 24, 2008 at 11:44 AM.

Sprint makes HTC Touch Pro official, coming October 26th

Ask politely and ye shall receive. Sprint and HTC have finally taken the wraps off the worst kept secret this side of the BlackBerry Storm. The HTC Touch Pro has been officially launched, with limited availability through "select national retailers" beginning this upcoming Monday, October 26th. The rest of us will have to wait until November 2nd, when Sprint promises widescale availability through all retailer and online channels, but a solid date is better than nothing. The Touch Pro will run you $299 after a 2-year contract, assuming you’re subscribed to some flavor of everything plan or a $25 data add-on package. Not the cheapest handset around, but for the Windows Mobile faithful tethered to a Sprint contract, there’s really no other alternative.

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Fresh Sprint Touch Pro shots

By on October 23, 2008 at 12:35 PM.

Fresh Sprint Touch Pro shots

Getting a little frustrated with the lack of Sprint Touch Pro news? We feel your pain. In an attempt to alleviate a bit of suffering, we’ve managed to come up on a series of Sprint promo shots for their upcoming HTC flagship device launch. The images don’t depict anything revolutionary, but do help to provide a comprehensive visual representation of the Windows Mobile 6.1 beast. While the October 19th release date has come and gone without a word, we’re still expecting availability from Sprint in short order, barring any catastrophic disasters. Until then, you can hit the jump for a couple more images.

Thanks, Omie!

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HTC Touch HD Pro in the works?

By on October 21, 2008 at 5:02 AM.

HTC Touch HD Pro in the works?

If the HTC Touch HD met the Touch Pro and the sweet touch screen was accompanied by that sweet keyboard, you’d have one hell of a device. Don’t hold your breath, though, because it’s just a rumor right now. We already know that the Touch HD, with a wicked 3.8″ WVGA 800 x 480 touch screen isn’t officially coming to the U.S. We’re also going to be missing out on that 5MP autofocus camera and 3G goodness from the device whose screen blows the iPhone’s screen out of the water. It’s probably not too far-fetched, or maybe HTC will come up with something similar, but for now combining the two would make one thick, hefty device. What do you guys prefer – the touch screen on the HD or having the convenience of the keyboard like the Touch Pro? Can’t we have the best of both worlds?

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Future Shop offers Touch Diamond at $99 as consolation for error

By on October 17, 2008 at 4:16 PM.

Future Shop offers Touch Diamond at $99 as consolation for error

So many people got excited a few days ago after learning the HTC Touch Pro would be $239.99 with a contract from Future Shop. Well, it turns out there was just a slight error in their pricing and the Touch Pro is really $649.99 without a contract (actually, the Touch Pro was removed from the site completely at the time this post was written). It seems like it was yet to be subsidized at the awesome price listed in the ad and one might think it’s not going that route any time soon. Now, the HTC Touch Diamond and all the bells and whistles is available for $99 with a contract as a consolation prize. All you have to do is use the SKU number they’ve put up and sign your soul over for 3 years and that sweet new Touch Diamond is yours for just a bill (anyone else use “bill” in reference to a hundred dollars or is that just a SoCal thing?).

Thanks John!

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HTC hits $1.2 billion in sales

By on October 7, 2008 at 6:14 PM.

HTC hits $1.2 billion in sales

HTC’s third quarter earnings are up 30% thanks to the crazy popularity of their Touch series devices. The only speedbump they hit is the 4.9% drop in profit due to shipment delays, but it doesn’t look like it’s hitting them too hard. The Touch-Diamond and Touch Pro has been receiving some pretty decent fanfare and interest in people who are looking to move to smartphones or switching from their current devices. The recent explosion in sales puts HTC right behind Nokia and RIM in terms of the largest makers of smartphones. Looks like HTC is on the up and up, especially with the manufacture of the new Treo Pro and the outrageously popular G1 on the horizon. T-Mobile didn’t anticipate the popularity of the device during its early pre-order stages and had to triple their inventory just to keep up. Job well done, HTC.

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O2 Germany to get the HTC Touch HD

By on September 22, 2008 at 2:48 PM.

O2 Germany to get the HTC Touch HD

Theunwired.net posted some beautiful photos of the Touch HD on their website Sunday. Some more eye candy for those of us who just cant get enough of this sleek and sexy phone. They casually mentioned in their post that the HTC Touch HD used in the photo shoot was a marketing sample provided by O2 Germany which will exclusively launch the Touch HD in Germany. Wow, that is some news you just dropped in our laps there fellas. O2 Germany is now the first carrier mentioned for the HTC Touch HD and yes, O2 Germany customers you can now jump for joy. Hit the jump for tons of photos of the Touch HD and side-by-sides with the Touch Diamond and the Touch Pro.

[Via wmpoweruser]

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HTC Touch Pro hands on!

By on August 21, 2008 at 2:45 PM.

HTC Touch Pro hands on!

If you’re a big fan of Windows Mobile, there’s no doubt you’ve been looking at the HTC Touch Pro. It’s the finest Windows Mobile device to come out of HTC so far, we’d even say it’s better than the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1. In terms of hard specs, this is a beast! Here’s a recap of them in case you were wondering:

  • Qualcomm® MSM7201A™ 528 MHz
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera
  • 288MB RAM
  • 2.8″ LCD with 480×640 VGA resolution
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dual-band UMTS/HSDPA (900MHz/2100MHz or 850MHz/1900MHz)
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth

While the HTC Touch Diamond is nice, slide-out QWERTYs definitely rank higher in our book. We’ve only spent a little bit of time with the Touch Pro, but as mentioned earlier, this is probably our favorite touch-screen Windows Mobile device. The QWERTY keyboard is comfortable enough without being overly large, the screen is vibrant and crisp, and you get the same TouchFLO 3D experience that you get on the Touch Diamond. The 1350mAh battery provides enough juice to handle your beatings for around a day, and voice quality was great when talking on the phone. Check out some of pics for now, and look forward to the review!

Thanks, Stan!

Click on over to our HTC Touch Pro hands on gallery!

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