HTC Touch Pro and Samsung Saga rumored for Verizon

As images and spec sheets surface online, rumors start to grow that Verizon Wireless will add the HTC Touch Pro and Samsung Saga to its lineup.

Engadget Mobile

With the HTC Touch Pro/HTC Fuze now at Sprint and AT&T, only two major carriers remain to get the Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone: Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile. For Verizon, that day might be November 24.

According to Engadget Mobile, the smartphone will be available for purchase via phone sales on November 24, while in-store availability will begin December 1. Verizon's Touch Pro is said to be priced at $349.99 with a two-year contract and after rebates and discounts, and though it's hard to tell from the blurry image, the feature set looks comparable to the AT&T and Sprint models (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.2-megapixel camera) and also includes support for Verizon VZ Navigator, Verizon App Zone, and dial-up networking.

Though we don't have official confirmation, we think the likelihood of the HTC Touch Pro making its way to the carrier is high as the outdated Verizon Wireless XV6800 needs a successor. As far as T-Mobile, well, that's another story. I haven't heard one peep about the Touch Pro coming along to replace the T-Mobile Wing.

Engadget Mobile

One other rumor to note is the Samsung Saga. This is another Windows Mobile smartphone that is supposed to land at Verizon and falls along the lines of the Samsung Ace in that it offers dual-mode functionality. This means the handset will work on Verizon's CDMA network for all domestic calls but once overseas, you can switch to the GSM network. It also ships with a SIM card.

The Saga features a full QWERTY keyboard, an optical mouse, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Engadget Mobile states that the Samsung Saga will be available through telesales on November 14 and in stores December 1. We'll keep an eye on both of these rumored smartphones and update you with any official announcements.

About the author

Bonnie Cha was a former chief correspondent for CNET Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.

 

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