Posts Tagged ‘HTC Touch Diamond’
Could Verizon be launching Blackberry Storm on November 3rd? That is a possibility, based on the internal training document that Engadget manage to snag. According to this document, employees are required to complete the Blackberry Storm feature training by November 2nd. So, conceivably, Verizon could launch the Storm on November 3rd. However, I think the November 8th might be more realistic. Also, in that document, employees are required to complete their Touch Diamond training by December 3rd. So, Touch Diamond could launch few weeks before Christmas.
Sprint today announced that it will start selling both the HTC Touch Diamond and HTC Touch Pro in October. The Diamond will be launched in September and will be priced at $249 for 2-year contract with $100 mail-in rebate while the Pro will be available starting October 19th and priced at $299 for 2-year contract with $100 mail-in rebate.
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It appears that Samsung is preparing two derivatives of its popular Samsung Omnia i900 for the North American market. PhoneArena reported today that FCC has just approved the i910 and the i907 from Samsung. The i910 appears to be similar as the i900 with CDMA support alongwith Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This could mean that the phone is headed for Verizon Wireless. The i907 is a slightly different model but it could be a Samsung Omnia derivative headed for AT&T. Neither the operators nor Samsung have confirmed these rumors. You can read the Omnia review here and here. You can read the comparison to HTC Touch Diamond here.
Wall Street Journal yesterday reviewed the HTC Touch Diamond and in the process confirmed that it was headed for Sprint and also the price $250 (after $100 mail-in rebate) with 2-year contract. Now, we knew that the Touch Diamond was headed to Sprint and was due out in September and possibly in red. We also knew that Best Buy will carry it and its price will be in $299 range. However, per Katherine Boehret of AllThingDigital blog at WSJ, Sprint price will be lower than Best Buy’s. However, this is the first hand-on review of the device. Katherine is not impressed with the device and according to her the device
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David Ciccone over at MobilityToday is reporting that Best Buy will begin selling HTC Touch Diamond with 3G support starting September 29th in the USA. No pricing has been announced yet. You can read more about the Touch Diamond here and here. As I had reported earlier, Sprint was rumored to launch the phone this past Monday 9/2, which has not happened yet. So, I am not sure how credible the Best Buy launch date is. Also, the pricing for Sprint is said to be $299 with contract and $549 without contract. I would expect Best Buy to match that.
Update: Engadget Mobile is reporting that the Touch Diamond will be released on September 2nd, 2008. However, they think it will be pushed further out to October.
I had reported earlier on the HTC Touch Diamond coming to Sprint in red. It appears that the red-backed HTC Touch Diamond has been confirmed and is indeed heading to Sprint. PhoneArena had earlier reported that it would be released on August 28th. However, the launch has been delayed by a few weeks. The phone will cost $299 with contract and $549 without contract. You can read the reviews here and comparison to Samsung Omnia here