As previously announced, the HTC 7 Pro is now available in Germany on O2 and also up for pre-order in the UK with an estimated shipping date of February 10th. The HTc 7 Pro (se the specs here) is the second, commercially available, Windows Phone 7 handset with a vertically sliding hardware keyboard (the first being the LG Quatum / Optimus Q). Unfortunately I personally think that Windows Phone 7′s landscape support is currently not that great so I would suggest you to try the device first hand for a little while before laying down the cache to get it.
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Sprint user won’t like this one: The GSM version of the HTC 7 Pro Windows Phone 7 device that was initially first announced for the US and exclusively on Sprint is actually launching next week in Europe on Germany’s O2 netwrok according to the company’s official twitter account:
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Still waiting for a Windows Phone 7 device with a horizontally sliding hardware keyboard? Well if you are in Europe then you have no other choice than wait until next months when the GSM version of the HTC 7 Pro is supposedly launching (the LG Quatum / Optimus 7 Q is scheduled to launch EU yet). O2 Germany has already posted its product page with an availability date of January. In my opinion Windows Phone 7 still has a long way to go before being fully usable in landscape mode (I will talk more about this in my upcoming in-depth review of WP7). Check out the device’s hardware specifications here.
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HTC just sent out the following press release in response to Apple‘s lawsuit filled 2 weeks ago:
HTC DISAGREES WITH APPLE’s Actions
Seattle – March 17, 2010 – HTC Corporation today outlined its disagreement with Apple’s legal actions and reiterated its commitment to creating a portfolio of innovative smartphones that gives consumers a variety of choices. Founded in 1997 with a passion for innovation and a vision for how smartphones would change people’s lives, HTC has continually driven this vision by consistently introducing award-winning smartphones with U.S. mobile operators.
“HTC disagrees with Apple’s actions and will fully defend itself. HTC strongly advocates intellectual property protection and will continue to respect other innovators and their technologies as we have always done, but we will continue to embrace competition through our own innovation as a healthy way for consumers to get the best mobile experience possible,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer, HTC Corporation. “From day one, HTC has focused on creating cutting-edge innovations that deliver unique value for people looking for a smartphone. In 1999 we started designing the XDA
The O2 XDA by HTC was the first 3.5-inch color touch screen smartphone in the world in 2002. and T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone EditionThe T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition by HTC was the first 3.5-inch color touch screen smartphone in the United States in 2002., our first touch-screen smartphones, and they both shipped in 2002 with more than 50 additional HTC smartphone models shipping since then.”
The industry has recognized HTC’s contributions through a variety of awards including Fast Company’s 2010 Top 50 Most Innovative Companies and MIT Technology Review’s 2010 50 Most Innovative Companies. The GSMA also recently awarded the HTC Hero as the “Best Phone of 2009.” Some of HTC’s technology firsts include:
- First Windows PDA (1998)
- First Windows Phone (June 2002)
- First 3G CDMA EVDO smartphone (October 2005)
- First gesture-based smartphone (June 2007)
- First Google Android smartphone (October 2008)
- First 4G WIMAX smartphone (November 2008)
In 2009, HTC launched its branded user experience, HTC Sense. HTC Sense is focused on putting people at the center by making phones work in a more simple and natural way. This experience was fundamentally based on listening and observing how people live and communicate.
“HTC has always taken a partnership-oriented, collaborative approach to business. This has led to long-standing strategic partnerships with the top software, Internet and wireless technology companies in the industry as well as the top U.S., European and Asian mobile operators,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. “It is through these relationships that we have been able to deliver the world’s most diverse series of smartphones to an even more diverse group of people around the world, recognizing that customers have very different needs.”
The HTC HD2 has been available on O2 UK for a little while but only in retail shops. It looks like it is now finally up on O2′s website here.
UK’s Virgin Mobile is also now offering the HD2 on their website here for £75 with £25p/m on an 18 month contract (500mins talk & unlimited Text & Data) or you can get it for free if you if you tadre in you current phone and/or get a 24months contract.
Don’t goget to check out our HTC HD2 Review.
Source: O2 UK & Virgin via Coolsmartphone
It was already known that T-Mobile UK started selling the HTC HD2 in their retail stores a few days ago, but you can now finally order it online on their website. The device is free on a 2-year contract (£35/month) and £195.73 on a 18 months contract (£15/month). Check it out here.
Source: T-Mobile UK via WMPU
It looks like UK WinMo fans can get their HD2‘s on 3 different carriers now that O2 has officially launched HTC‘s latest Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone:
O2 is pleased to announce that the HTC HD2 will be on sale in-store today, bringing the eagerly awaited handset to the home of smartphones. Available from free on O2 Pay Monthly, the HD2 packs in a massive 4.3-inch touch screen, fast processor and camera with LED flash into a package just 11mm thick and weighing in at 157 grams.
“The HTC HD2 is the first HTC branded phone to be sold on O2. We love the large screen and combination of Windows Mobile 6.5 with HTC Sense,” said Steve Alder, General Manager Devices for O2 in the UK. “We are proud to be the home of smartphones and the HTC HD2 adds a new dimension to the range of devices we offer to our customers.”
Jon French, Executive Director UK & IE, HTC, said, “The close partnership between HTC and Microsoft means we are able to bring HTC Sense, a customer experience which makes the phone work in a more simple, natural and personal way, to a Windows phone for the first time with the HD2. With one of the largest screens in the market, the powerful and ultra-thin HD2 offers users an amazing mobile experience.”
The HTC HD2 is powered by a 1Ghz processor and has built in Wi-Fi, GPS, and FM radio. It has YouTube, Facebook and Twitter integration and a MicroSD card slot for expandable memory, as well as a standard 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth and microUSB charging port.
The HTC HD2 will be available in-store and over the phone. To find your nearest O2 retail store, visit http://www.o2.co.uk/shop/retailstores.
It’s also reported that T-Mobile has started selling the HD2 in its retail stores (nothing on the webiste yet though)
Well it’s not exactly free, it will cost 1€ with a 2 year-contract (20€ per month only) on O2 in Germany & the device is not even sim-locked! Google Navigation is replaced by a 60-days trial of MotoNAV and you’ll get Multi-Touch enabled unlike the Motorola Droid on Verizon.
Source: O2 Germany thanks for the tip Ugo
Here’s a short video of O2‘s customized HTC HD2 UI. Yup the colors aren’t that great……
Source: YouTube via WMPoweruser
Well that’s the latest rumor straight from O2 UK. According to CoolSmartPhone one of their readers who called O2 told them that the HTC HD2 is launching there on October 19th. It’s a tiny bit too early IMO (rumors are that the final ROM won’t be done beofre October 16th), but you never know…
CoolSmartPhone finally got confirmation of the early report that HTC’s upcoming SnapDragon beast, the HTC Touch HD2 / Leo is headed to T-Mobile UK this month. Remember that O2 is also confirmed to get it.
Here’s even more confirmation that the HTC HD2 / Leo is close to hit the streets in the UK (and Europe?). The page scan above is from UK Mobile Operator O2′s catalog. Funny that the Formula 1 game in the picture loks like Sega’s Virtua Racer. HTC’s official announcement will probably take place in a few days (October 6 ?) as it’s now rumored to hit O2 on Otcober 26th.
Source: Peter W. via Engadget
Engadget just got the scoop, as seen on the picture above (if it isn’t photoshoped), that confirm what was reported a few days ago. IT also looks like the devices hould be free with a 02 1200 18 months contract. Hopefully HTC is going to officially announce the HTC HD2 / Leo in the coming days.