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October 18, 2007

Sprint Announces First High Speed Wireless Device to Offer Full Touch Screen

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Sprint (News - Alert) and HTC Corp. have announced the upcoming availability of Touch by HTC, a full touch screen wireless phone integrating Windows Mobile 6 with advanced entertainment features. The Touch by HTC operates in the Sprint Mobile Broadband network and converges email and other essential business applications with Sprint's exclusive multimedia content, which includes over-the-air music downloads, live TV and more.

The phone is priced at $249.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement and a $100 mail-in rebate. For music and other content downloads, standard data rates will apply. Touch by HTC will be available on November 4 in all Sprint channels including www.Sprint.com and 1-800-SPRINT1. Customers can register to be among the first to purchase Touch by HTC at www.sprint.com/touch.
Peter Chou, chief executive officer of HTC said in a press release, “This device provides a broad set of consumers with the benefits of a smartphone with the style and ease of use they demand. Touch by HTC presents a new, more intuitive touch experience that simplifies access to the most commonly used smartphone features such as dialing, messaging and Web browsing. It also improves the video and music experience with the addition of Sprint TV and the Sprint Music Store.”
Touch by HTC has a 3-inch display and has TouchFLO technology, developed by HTC. Users will also have quick access to entertainment, communication tools and a "Dial-by-picture" photo caller ID screen with the innovative TouchFLO cube that provides a 3D interface. The phone also offers MicroSD card slot that supports up to 4GB – a 512MB card is included with the device. Additional features include a 2.0 MP camera/camcorder with up to 5X zoom, advanced stereo Bluetooth and Voice-activated dialing.
Customers who purchase Touch by HTC as a replacement for an existing mobile phone are also encouraged to donate their current phone, battery and accessories to Sprint Project Connect. The equipment will be recycled in an environment friendly manner with proceeds benefiting K-12 education.
Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

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