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1st High Speed Wireless Device to Offer Full, Intuitive Touch Screen Technology

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  1. Ironwalt

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    Press Release Source: Sprint Nextel


    First High Speed Wireless Device to Offer Full, Intuitive Touch Screen Technology Effortlessly Balances Work and Play
    Wednesday October 17, 9:00 am ET
    With an Easy Finger Swipe, Touch by HTC(TM), Exclusively from Sprint, Offers Both Business and Personal Essentials with an Easy-to-Use Interface
    Available November 4; Sign Up to Be First in Line at Be the first to hear


    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Combining a dynamic touch screen experience with industry-leading network speeds, Sprint (NYSE:S - News) and HTC Corp. (TAIEX:2498; "HTC"), today announced the upcoming availability of Touch by HTC(TM), a full touch screen wireless phone integrating Windows Mobile 6 with advanced entertainment features. Operating on the Sprint Mobile Broadband network, the stylish Touch by HTC brings together email and other essential business applications with Sprint's exclusive multimedia content including over-the-air music downloads, live TV and more.

    With a nearly 3-inch display, Touch by HTC features integrated TouchFLO technology, developed by HTC, leveraging smooth navigation through menus with a finger swipe. In addition, the innovative TouchFLO cube brings a 3D cube interface allowing quick access to entertainment, communication tools and a "Dial-by-picture" photo caller ID screen.

    Touch by HTC leverages the broad functionality of Windows Mobile 6 with Outlook Mobile for smooth email integration, Office Mobile, Windows Live and the ability to run thousands of third-party applications. It also allows users to surf the web with Internet Explorer®, send and receive emails, chat on Messenger and send files to their own web space through Windows Live®. The home screen provides one-touch access to email, text messages, calendar appointments and contacts, as well as current weather conditions and forecasts for hundreds of cities around the world.

    Versatile and compact, Touch by HTC provides quick and easy access to Sprint-exclusive content, including:

    Sprint Music Store(SM), powered by Groove Mobile, which allows users to browse and wirelessly download full-length songs directly to their phone from a selection of more than 1.8 million songs
    Sprint Exclusive Entertainment (SEE), the industry's only made-for-mobile sports and entertainment video programming network
    Sprint TV(SM) with more than 50 channels of live and on-demand video and audio.
    More than a dozen streaming radio stations , including Sprint Radio and SIRIUS
    On-Demand with up-to-date information on sports, weather, news, money and more customized by zip code.
    (Standard data charges apply to all downloads from Sprint.)

    "Our customers appreciate the ability to have one device that seamlessly balances both personal needs and business demands," said Danny Bowman, vice president of product development for Sprint. "Touch by HTC is unlike any other wireless device because it brings together the power of Windows Mobile with easy access to our entertainment applications. This attractive device easily lets you watch news as it happens, respond to email, download your favorite songs and stay connected with the office, family and friends."

    "This device provides a broad set of consumers with the benefits of a smartphone with the style and ease of use they demand," said Peter Chou, chief executive officer of HTC. "Touch by HTC presents a new, more intuitive touch experience that simplifies access to the most commonly used smartphone features such as dialing, messaging and Web browsing. It also improves the video and music experience with the addition of Sprint TV and the Sprint Music Store."

    "People want an easy-to-use companion in a mobile phone, freeing them up to leave the office or home and get more done while on-the-go," said Pieter Knook, senior vice president, Mobile Communications Business, Microsoft Corp. "The Sprint Touch is the result of the strong relationship between Microsoft, HTC and Sprint and offers customers a fun user experience, the power of Sprint's network and the ease-of-use of Windows Mobile which makes it easy to browse the Web, send email or enjoy your digital entertainment."

    Touch by HTC offers MicroSD card slot that supports up to 4GB - a 512MB card is included with the device. Additional features include a 2.0 MP camera/camcorder with up to 5X zoom, advanced stereo Bluetooth® and Voice-activated dialing.

    Touch by HTC measures 4.0" x 2.4" x 0.6" and weighs just 4 ounces. This device will be priced at $249.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement and a $100 mail-in rebate. Standard data rates apply for music and other content downloads.

    Touch by HTC will be available on November 4 in all Sprint channels including Welcome to Sprint - Cell Phones, Mobile Phones, Plans for Personal and Business Wireless and 1-800-SPRINT1. Customers can register to be among the first to purchase Touch by HTC at Be the first to hear.

    Customers purchasing Touch by HTC as a replacement for an existing mobile phone are encouraged to donate their current phone, battery and accessories to Sprint Project Connect. Donated equipment, regardless of make, model or service provider, will be recycled in an environmentally friendly manner or refurbished and resold with proceeds benefiting K-12 education. More information, including a prepaid mailing label, can be found at Sprint.

    About Sprint Nextel

    Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving 54 million customers at the end of the second quarter 2007; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit Welcome to Sprint - Cell Phones, Mobile Phones, Plans for Personal and Business Wireless.

    About HTC

    Founded in 1997, HTC Corp. (HTC) designs, manufactures and markets innovative, feature rich smartphone and PDA Phone devices. Since its establishment, HTC has developed strong R&D capabilities, pioneered many new designs and product innovations and launched state-of-the-art PDA Phones and smartphones for mobile operators and distributors in Europe, the US, and Asia. These machines are available as HTC devices and as products individually customized for operator and device partners. HTC is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile device market. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit HTC: Home .

    EDITOR'S NOTE:
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    Touch by HTC, INLCUDING HIGH AND LOW RESOLUTION IMAGES

    The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Various billing methods apply in non-Sprint venues.



    Contact:
    Sprint Nextel
    Michelle Leff Mermelstein, 703-592-7504
    Michelle.Leff@sprint.com
    or
    Waggener Edstrom (for HTC)
    Ashley Johnson, 425-638-7000
    ashleyj@WaggenerEdstrom.com

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    Source: Sprint Nextel
     
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    do we have a date???
     
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    Two weeks from tomorrow. :)
     
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    nice.........i really wanted this phone and my contract is up November of '08...................if Sprint doesnt impress me by then ill prolli switch back to T-Mobile cuz i miss them...............and they have some nice phones now...........but i will never switch to AT&T and Verizon.........everyone hear me now
     
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    Speak up I didnt hear you
     
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    I WILL NEVER SWITCH TO VERIZON WIRELESS OR AT&T!!!!!!!!!!!!! :nono:
     
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    Much better lol
     
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    both have good coverage but both are also way too expensive for the value that i can get from T-Mobile and Sprint and both provide pretty good coverage in my area
     
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    HTC Touch for anyone who is interested....

    i like that its actually a slide phone.......i didnt know that......

    will this be like other Sprint SmartPhones where it won't have PictureMail?
     
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    Yeah this phone would not be a good choice IMO if you like to use alot of email and texting I could not imagine using the touch keypad for all that lol.. Also I wonder how the screen is in sunlight.
     
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    yeah i love the iPhone but i text waayyyy too much.......and i wanted this so bad.........now there is the HTC Touch and there is the HTC Dual?

    cuz there was an examply on the website i posted of a Touch with a sliding phone keypad
     
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    Here is some specs
     
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    It is also to bad this does not have wifi still though all that packed into this package very nice.
     
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    I am seriously looking to get this device. The gurus over at XDA developers were able to extract the the keyboard for the Touch and cab it up. I have used it a few times the last couple of days on my Mogul, and love it. The lack of a real keyboard was causing me to over look this device.
     
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    If you really do please let us see pics and a review.
     
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    Will do! I will be up in Vegas on the 8th. Hope the corporate store has them in to check out. :)
     
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    i thought i would hate the iPhone and the Touch because im such a crazy texter but i like how this version of the touch has the number keypad letters that im so used to and i might seriously consider buying this........just cuz i dont feel like looking what is the battery life on this as compared to the RAZR V3m
     
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    the Touch has a little more talk time at 3.5 hours versus 3.3

    but the standby time is two days fewer..........RAZR: 13 days Touch: 10
     
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