Telus and HTC have announced that the much loved Desire will be coming to Canada exclusively on the Telus network. The Desire was originally announced along with the Legend at Mobile World Congress back in February. The Android based phone has been available in the UK for a while now, is commonly referred to as HTC’s version of the Google’s flagship super-phone – the Nexus One.
The press release from Telus fails to offer any information about when the device might be available for purchase, or at what price. Although, I can’t really seem them charging more than the Motorola Milestone ($550 without contract). The full press release can be found after the break along with details on the specifications of the Desire.
TELUS answers Canada’s smartphone craving with the Award Winning HTC Desire
The hottest handset of 2010 to launch only at TELUS
Toronto, ON – TELUS today announced a powerful addition to its leading 3G+ Android powered device portfolio with the upcoming HTC Desire, named Hottest Handset of 2010 at Mobile Magazine’s 2010 Mobile Industry Awards.
Boasting a large, crisp touchscreen, the HTC Desire is the perfect Android powered smartphone to stay connected to social networks, access the most popular Google apps, such as free Google Navigation and YouTube and personalise by choosing from over 50,000 apps (applications) in the Android Market. Multiple social networks – such as Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr are easy to follow and update in a single view with HTC’s Friend Stream app. Users can expect a more vivid view of rich web pages just like at home with Flash support for embedded videos on the brilliant touchscreen and the ability to navigate with double-tap, and pinch and zoom. The 3.7” capacitive touchscreen and powerful 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, combined with HTC Sense and the ultra-fast speed of TELUS’ 3G+ network, make this smartphone incredibly responsive.
“With social media being an essential part of the way Canadians communicate and stay informed, TELUS is committed to bringing them some of the best smartphones available on the market to answer that need,” said David Fuller, Chief Marketing Officer at TELUS. “The HTC Desire is not only the perfect smartphone to stay in the know of everything that is going on around you, it’s also the ideal device to experience Canada’s fastest mobile network* that covers 93 per cent of Canada’s population.”
“Beginning last year with HTC Hero and continuing with the HTC Desire today, we have worked closely with TELUS to bring cutting-edge Android devices to Canadian customers,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice-president of HTC America. “Both of these devices feature the acclaimed HTC Sense™ experience, an intuitive mobile framework that puts people, not technology, in the centre of everything.”
Additionally, the HTC Desire features:
• Android 2.1 ( clair) with HTC Sense
• Access to over 50,000 applications from Android Market
• Seven homescreen panels to customize with tons of prealoaded live widgets, apps and live wallpapers
• HTC Friend Stream app and widget to get consolidated updates from Facebook, Twitter and Flickr
• 3.7” , WVGA 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen
• 5 megapixel camera with flash and video capture
• Expandable memory up to 32 GB (8 GB microSD card included)
• Bluetooth 2.1
• Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Please visit telusmobility.com/smartphone for additional information.
*Comparing TELUS HSPA+ network service to Rogers HSPA+ network service, based on TELUS’ tests of data throughput speeds in large Canadian urban centres. Internet access speed provided by the network operator may vary due to the device being used, network congestion, distance from the cell site, local conditions and other factors. Speed on the Internet is beyond the wireless network operator’s control and may vary with your configuration, Internet traffic, website server and management policies, and other factors.
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.6 billion of annual revenue and 11.9 million customer connections including 6.6 million wireless subscribers, 3.9 million wireline network access lines, 1.2 million Internet subscribers and 200,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $158 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 3.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.