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We’ve known that Orange UK would be launching the HTC Hero some time in July, but now we have confirmation from Amazon in the U.K. that the Hero will also be available for those who are not willing to sign a contract. A SIM unlocked versiob of the HTC Hero will set you back £429.99 or just over $710. Keep in mind that tax is already included in that price. Amazon is already taking pre-orders for the new HTC and will be shipping out the handsets on July 15.
Just got a tip in right now as I am writing this. Expansys.com is also taking pre-orders for the Hero for £399.99 ($50 less than Amazon) with an expected availability date of July 8th, a whole week sooner than Amazon
Sprint and Verizon’s versions of the HTC Snap may already be launching, but T-Mobile is taking its time. To thank you for waiting, T-mobile is planning on hosting launch parties for the Dash 3G and Touch Pro2 across the country. Events will be hosted in San Francisco, Chicago, LA, Arlington, Houston, Atlanta, and Fort Lauderdale. And the best part about these events is that T-Mobile will be handing out a free Dash 3G to everyone who attends!
I’m sure by now most of you are wondering if we are ever going to talk about another phone besides the HTC Hero. Fortunately, we are. This morning, Verizon Wireless issues a press release detailing the launch of the Verizon HTC Ozone (HTC Snap). Similar to Sprint’s version of the HTC Snap, the Verizon HTC Ozone will feature Windows mobile 6.1, 3G data capabilities, GPS, full QWERT keyboard, and an incredible 1500mAh of battery power.
The advantage that HTC Ozone buyers will have over their Sprint counterparts is the price point. Verizon will let you walk out the store with this shiny new handset for only $49.99 after a $70 mail-in rebate. That’s a full $100 less than what Sprint is charging for the same exact phone. Is that $100 price difference enough for a potential buyer to switch carrier? T-Mobile is planning on launching the HTC Snap as the T-Mobile Dash 3G within the next ten days, lets just hope that they will be selling the phone for the same price Verizon is.
The HTC Ozone will be available to purchase on June 29 from their website or any of their retail locations across the country. For more details, be sure to check out the press release after the break.
Right on the heels of HTC’s unveiling of the Hero, Orange in the U.K. put out a press release, stating that they would be one of the first carriers in Europe to launch the new handset. The HTC Hero will be the first Android phone on the Orange network and will be offered for free to customers who sign up for a £39.15 per month, 24 month contract, which includes 1200 any network call minutes, unlimited texts, as well as inclusive anytime internet browsing. If you ask me, this is probably one of the best contract deals you would be able to find anywhere in the world.
“We’re really pleased to be launching our first Android handset in conjunction with HTC. The first of several Android devices you can expect from us this year, we believe the Hero is a great all round device which will allow consumers to get to grips with all the things they love about the internet, whilst on the move. We expect it to be extremely popular when it hits shelves this summer.” – Francois Mahieu, Director of Devices, Orange UK
We’ve got the full press release after the jump
Along with HTC’s Hero announcement this morning, HTC and adobe issues a separate press release stating that the HTC Hero will be the first Android phone with Adobe Flash support Adrian Ludwig from Adobe is featured in a short video which demos some of the Adobe Flash capabilities that the HTC Hero will ship with. In the video, he noted that nearly 80% of Flash content on the web should be accessible through the Hero’s browser. Adobe is still working on getting complete integration of Adobe Flash 10 into Android and other mobile operating systems later this year. Since Adobe has not allowed anyone to embed their Flash video (come on guys, you invented the stuff, at least let us share it with the world), we’ve take a few screen shots of some of the highlights.
Check out the video on Adobe’s site. Make sure you hit the read more link at the bottom to see some screen shots and a full copy of the press release from Adobe and HTC
We present to you a video walkthrough of HTC Hero’s new Sense user interface and a small peak at the new HTC Perspectives which integrates your contacts on your phone with several social media sites. As we mentioned before, Senses looks a lot like TouchFLO 3D on Windows Mobile. It even has the animated weather with rain drops on your screen. Enjoy!
We finally got our official press release email from HTC. By now, we’ve shared most the information already, but they were kind enough to send us details on when the Hero will be launching and where. The HTC Hero will be appearing first in Europe, some time in July, followed by an Asian launch in late summer. North America will need to wait until "later in 2009" before we get our own "distinct" version of the HTC Hero.