Nearly a month after initially launching in Canada, TELUS’ HTC Desire is sold out, temporarily. The phone, being sold for $79.99 on a 3-year contract, has been very successful for TELUS.
Never fear, my fellow Canadians, TELUS is promising that the new inventory will be coming shortly. Also, they will be offering a $50 dollar mail-in rebate for those who have to wait. That’s a pretty great deal, eh?
The TELUS HTC Desire ships with Android 2.1, a 3.7″ WVGA display, 5MP camera with LED flash, 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU, and 576 MB RAM.
Another OTA update for the Motorola BACKFLIP is rolling out for Telus customers, but it will not be bringing Android 2.1 to the device. They’re currently looking for 200 participants to test out the software update before releasing it to the general populous. It seems the individuals will be chosen at random, so if you’re a Telus customer using a BACKFLIP, check your phone’s System Update menu to see if you’re one of the lucky few.
The Motorola Charm, the tiny Android phone from Motorola, will be available in Canada via Telus. The price of the phone will be $29.99 on a 3-year contract. The phone packs a 2.8″ touchscreen and a 3 megapixel camera. Press Release after the break.
If you haven’t checked out the Telus website today then you might have missed the HTC Desire sitting nice and pretty in the smartphone section which is available today. The phone is available from $80 with a 3-year contract, and includes a charging cable as well as an 8GB SD Card in the box. The webpage lists features like 7 homescreens, live social media updates, viewing rich webpages with flash support, and access to many Android apps. The phone is pretty standard on the hardware front; 3.7″ 800×480 LCD screen, 512 RAM, and ROM, as well as a 5 MP camera. Pretty good for $80. What do you think? Are you getting this phone? Let us know in the comments!
A Wal-Mart employee in Canada snapped a pretty interesting picture for us to see. It is a picture of pricing for the HTC Desire on TELUS with no contract. The price is an amazing $448.83 Canadian ($435.31 for us in the U.S.). That is one killer price for an Android device with the specs as the Desire.
Still no word on availability yet and as you can see in the photo no current stock. This does confirm that it is coming soon though so get your wallets ready you time is near.
According to a tipster, The HTC Desire will be headed to Telus on August 3rd, touting a price tag of $79.99 on a 3-year contract, as well as $448.83 without an agreement. Specs will be:
- 3.7″, WVGA 800×480 SLCD
- up to 6.5 hours talk time
- up to 15 days standby time
- ROM: 512 MB
- RAM: 576 MB
- Memory expandable up to 16GB
- 5MP Camera w/ flash
- 1ghz Snapdragon CPU
- Android 2.1
Thanks Brendan for the tip!
You may have read that there was some unearthed source code on the Telus website that indicated the HTC desire heading that direction. While that speculation may be a little outlandish for some, we’ve got something better now… a retail inventory screenshot showing the 3-year contract price (see above).
According to the leak, the price will be $79.99 for a 3-year lock in. That’s an awesome price for an awesome little phone, sporting:
- Android 2.1 (may be upgraded to 2.2)
- 3.7 inch LCD display
- 1GHz Snapdragon processor
- 5 megapixel camera
Also in the rumor mill, there are talks that it will be available off contract for $499.99, but that has yet to be confirmed.
Canadian cellular provider TELUS has been tempting its customers with little details on the upcoming HTC Desire release. They have been sketchy on the details especially when it will launch and for how much. They recently placed up a landing page for the device and some sly little sleuths were able to uncover a bit of info for us. According to the web site code for the page there are three prices shown. First is $499.95 for a one year contract, $399.95 for a two year contract, and $299.95 for a three year contract.
Now before you start getting all puffed up this is probably just a place holder for the pricing. Realistically the prices should be much lowers so we will just have to wait and see. At least this brings us closer to getting what we “Desire” :)
[via bgr, mobile syrup]
Telus, one of the leading carriers in the frozen tundra also known as Canada, announced today that they’ll be getting the HTC Desire and that it’ll be part of their back-to-school group of phones. In case you don’t know, the Desire is essentially a Nexus One with physical buttons, an optical trackpad instead of a trackball, and SenseUI. Other than that, the specs are identical:
- Android 2.1 ( clair) with HTC Sense
- Access to over 50,000 applications from Android Market
- Seven homescreen panels to customize with tons of prealoaded live widgets, apps and live wallpapers
- HTC Friend Stream app and widget to get consolidated updates from Facebook, Twitter and Flickr
- 3.7” , WVGA 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen
- 5 megapixel camera with flash and video capture
- Expandable memory up to 32 GB (8 GB microSD card included)
- Bluetooth 2.1
- Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
This is also good news for USA-residing people who have been drooling over the HTC Desire, but didn’t want to switch to US Cellular or deal with 2G only from a imported Euro version. This phone will match up nicely with your AT&T sim. Of course I’m not sure if the physical buttons and no Froyo would sway me from just purchasing a Nexus One, I’ll leave that choice up to you.
Obviously this isn’t a firm release date, but look for one right around the end of summer.