Less than a year after its initial release in November of 2009, TELUS has announced they will no longer be selling the HTC Hero. The move is likely influenced by the addition of higher-end Android devices to the TELUS lineup, including the HTC Desire, Motorola Milestone, and the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Apollo.
You may be able to find some stock left in stores, but the Hero has been officially removed from online ordering. Goodnight, sweet prince.
Canadian wireless provider Telus is looking to get in on the Samsung Galaxy action with the addition of the Apollo to their lineup. While sitting at the lower-end of the spectrum, this device will likely be priced in a similar fashion, which should help with sales.
The Apollo will feature a 3.2-inch LCD (not Super AMOLED), 3MP camera, HSPA, and 150MB on board storage with a 2GB microSD included. Obviously, this is not meant to be a high-end device, but should appeal to consumers looking for an Android device without the higher price tag.
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]