It’s not every day that you can get a (good) cell phone for FREE. But since it’s getting realy close to the holidays, HTC has kicked off a little promotion in these hard times. If you’re in the market for a new phone or are looking to surprise someone with a great gift, make sure you check this out.
Here are the details on the phone and cash giveaway:
One lucky grand prize winner will walk away with a $25,000 cash prize and two HTC FUZE™ devices.*
We’ve known about the HTC Shadow II for more than six months now. Speculation initually slated the phone to be released in mid October, but it never materialized. Now the FCC is showing off the Shadow II with quite a few pictures and some new information. The Shadow II will feature Windows mobile 6.1, quad-band GSM, a slide out keyboard is on board as well as 2 megapixel camera, and a 2.6" color touchscreen display. Since it’s original launch date has come and gone, it’s hard to say when the Shadow II will be hitting T-Mobile stores here in the U.S.
A few more shots after the jump…
We have heard rumors for the mythical white HTC Touch Diamond, but until now all we have seen are computer generated renderings. It seems HTC has finally chosen to reveal the white version of the Diamond at a trade show in China. Speculation has concluded that the white Diamond has the same specifications as the original black version. As you can see the picture, the front of the device is still finished off with a black glossy surface but is wrapped in white on all other sides. Is it just me or does this color scheme make the Diamond look just a little taller?
I guess Alltel didn’t want to be left out. They now join the ranks with At&t and Sprint in offering the HTC Touch PRO on their network. Alltel’s version of the Touch PRO has a few more smooth edges and refembles Sprint’s CDMA version a little more than the original GSM model. It also offers EV-DO Rev A support for Alltel’s high-speed network, full 4 row QWERTY keyboard, Windows Mobile 6.1, HTC’s TouchFLO 3D user interface, and a 3.2MP camera. The Alltel Touch PRO went on sale yesterday for $279.99 after a 2-year contract and mail-in rebate.
Last week we got the first official confirmation from Steve Ballmer that Microsoft is working on Windows Mobile 6.5 after Motorola had hinted that they would be releasing devices running WM 6.5 early next year. Above are two images which are thought to be the new GUI for the new Microsoft OS. The interface does resemble that of Microsoft’s Zune a little, but we still don’t have any news that can confirm that they will be including their Zune media software on Windows Mobile 6.5
Over my lunch break today, I decided to stroll down to the At&t store a few blocks away to see if I could get my hands on the new Fuze. The Fuze has been showing up at retail locations across the country over the past few days, but of course with my lunch, the story by new had not gotten them in till today. I was a bit disappointed when I walked into the store and did not see the phone on display. I did a quick scan of all the display shelves, thinking they might have put it somewhere different than with all the other Windows Mobile phones, but the Fuze was nowhere to be seen.
Approaching one of At&t’s fine sales reps, I asked if they had gotten their Fuze shipments in yet. It turned out that the UPS guy had just dropped off their daily shipment and they were just now unpacking things. Without hesitation the sales rep dove into the boxes, throwing iPhones and Blackberries to the side and came up with he new At&t Fuze. He handed me the box and said "Have fun playing with it"
The first impression of the device always comes with the packaging. Unfortunately for At&t, the really dropped the ball on this one. At&t packaged one of their sexiest phones and their bland At&t boxes (if you’ve purchased an HTC branded phone of late you will know that HTC has some incredibly nice packaging).
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It used to be a clear choice on which HTC device to get. If you wanted a sleek thin device, the Touch Diamond was the device for you but if you needed a full keyboard, the Touch Pro could take care of the job, but there was always that compromise of a few extra millimeters of thickness. Now that the Touch HD is on the market, you have a media centric choice added to the mix. Brandon Miniman from pocketnew.com has just put together a comparison video between the Touch Pro and the Touch HD to give you a look at how the devices perform side by side. We hope you enjoy it.
UPDATE: click the read more link to see the youtube vidoe. For some reason the file is crashing IE6 but seems to be working fine for Firefox and IE7 for now. Let us know if you are having any issues.