Today, Sprint officially announced its plans to offer the HTC Touch smartphone with availability starting on November 4 for $249.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. If you'll remember, we reviewed an unlocked version of the Touch back in June, which made headlines for its all-touch-screen interface--pre-iPhone release. Though we had major issues with the poor text entry input methods (or lack thereof), it didn't seem to bother too many CNET readers, garnering an average 8.5 user rating.
The Sprint HTC Touch features some enhancements and carrier-specific services not found on the previous version, including EV-DO support and access to Sprint TV and the Sprint Music Store. The Windows Mobile 6 smartphone also continues to offer a 2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 (A2DP and DUN profiles supported), a speakerphone, voice-activated dialing, and a microSD expansion slot that accepts up to 4GB cards. Apparently, there were some slight tweaks made to the touch interface as well; we're expecting to get our review unit the next day or two, so we'll give you the full rundown then.
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