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HTC Touch Diamond gets repolished for Verizon

Verizon Wireless announces the upcoming availability of the HTC Touch Diamond smartphone.

HTC Touch Diamond
HTC Touch Diamond Verizon Wireless

Better late than never? Well, we'll leave that up to you to decide, but any Verizon Wireless customers who have been lusting over the HTC Touch Diamond can finally get one of their own.

The carrier announced that the Touch Diamond will be available for purchase starting on Friday, through business channels and online. The unfortunate part? It's going to cost you $299.99 with a two-year contract. A little high, don't you think?

It just doesn't make sense considering 1) the smartphone is nearing its life cycle with the HTC Touch Diamond2 waiting in the wings and 2) for a device that's intended to draw in more consumers, that price isn't going to fly. Also consider that Sprint's version of the Touch Diamond, which has been available since September 2008, launched at $50 less and is now available for $199.99.

The smartphone does offer a lot, though. The Touch Diamond features Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional Edition with HTC's TouchFlo interface, a 3.2-megapixel camera, and a microSD expansion slot that accepts up to 16GB cards. It also supports several of Verizon's services, including Visual Voice Mail and VZ Navigator.

We'll give it a fair shake when we get the smartphone in for review, but in the meantime, Verizon, won't you reconsider the price?