HTC Touch Diamond on sale Friday at Verizon

HTC Touch Diamond on sale Friday at Verizon
Starting tomorrow, Verizon Wireless will be offering the HTC Touch Diamond on sale at stores, on the phone, or on their web site. The smartphone is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 and users will have the choice of using that or HTC's TouchFLO 3D to navigate on the device. The phone features a 2.8 inch touch screen, the highly acclaimed Opera Mobile 9.5 web browser, a 3.2MP auto focus camera and a microSD card slot that supports 16GB of extra memory to make sure you can save all your photos, videos and music. Visual Voice Mail will be supported on the device, which will cost $299.99 after a $70 mail-in-rebate and your signature on the dotted line of a two year contract. When Verizon put the HTC Touch Pro up for sale, the carrier crippled the device by removing some features such as the YouTube client. A Verizon sales rep told us that the Touch Diamond will have the YouTube application pre-loaded on the handset.

The smartphone's sequel, the HTC Touch Diamond2 has already been put up for pre-sale at the eXpansys web page since early last month, as we have already reported, and should start shipping a week from Friday.

HTC Touch Diamond Specifications (CDMA)

source: Verizon

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14 Comments

1. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

"When Verizon put the HTC Touch Pro up for sale, the carrier crippled the device by removing some features such as the YouTube client." Right, becuase we all know how hard it is to access youtube on Winmo! Phonearena's unbridled hatred of VZW is oh so thinly veiled. Dont even begin to say the ram was crippled, 96 megs were partitioned for graphics so techinically you could say it didnt have as much ram, but to do so would be infantile.

6. htsee

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2009

forget youtube, vzw took a chunk of the ram away from the touch pro... and they butchered the keyboard...

2. MikeG77

Posts: 425; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Legion im only going to agree partially with your statement. Ive tested the Sprint, Verizon and the unlocked version of the the Touch Pro and at least to me the Verizon version is the slowest of the 3. Now you honestly can't tell me that Verizon has not removed or locked features down in there phones! Ive had different Windows Mobile phones i get sick of Verizon locking shit down like the GPS. Yes sometimes Phonearena is biased against Verizon i wont deny that but it doesnt matter. As a whole Verizon is a better carrier compared to AT@T and Sprint. There is nothing Phonearena can say or do to change that fact. Now If you disagree with there opinions so much why do you bother coming here? There are other sites you can go to cnet phonescoop engadget etc etc and yet you come here. P.S. Phonearena if i were you i would stop speculating on what a phone has no matter what the source! Do a review once you have the product in hand simple as that!

3. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

I really hope they drop the price of this thing quickly. $299 (after $70 rebate) for a phone that's been out for over a year now? It's a great phone and all, but that's way too much, especially since VZW's got the Omnia for much less, and the Diamond2 is coming out soon.

4. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

ya thats is way too much money

5. techie123

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 25, 2009

I just hope VZW does not lock the GPS to VZNav only! I also agree the $300 price tag is just way too high for a phone at this time when other comparable phones are much less expensive, and don't forget the sad state of the economy. I'll wait a month or two - the price is bound to come down quickly. I don't feel phonearena is biased against VZW - lets face it VZW has the best network but also the most draconian rules about what features phone manufacturers can activate. I also feel that their phone selection is the worst in the industry - all the other major carriers have a much better selection of phones (Sprint, ATT, T-Mobile) - but alas their networks are not as robust. But ATT is catching up fast - soon VZW will need to change its practices and make more cool phones available on its network.

7. The Godfather unregistered

yeah right , all the other carriers have a better selection???? pleeeeeease lets not even go there , I dont want to run a list down to make you feel bad but VZW selection is better than ANY other carrier out there.

10. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i agree. verizon phones are more trendy and look overall better, in my opinion.

11. techie123

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 25, 2009

I guess it's just the phones I'd be interested in VZW does not have - the iPhone (ATT) or the Blackberry Pearl Flip (T-Mobile) or the Palm Pre (Sprint). Hopefully, the rumored Storm-2 will be much better than the first - which I tried for 3 weeks and returned.

12. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

what made you return it and when did you buy it

13. techie123

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 25, 2009

Got it around Xmas 2008 and returned in January 2009. Might seem picky but here it goes: ridiculously slow camera, slow to browse photos (have you every played with the iPhones photo browser? - wow!), screen giggles side to side about a millimeter or so, hard to edit text messages, web browser was just not as slick as on other phones (maybe a trackball might have helped), with push email turned on the battery life was short, quite often I'd hangup on a caller trying to get the phone out of my pocket (or I'd answer a call I did not want to answer), phone just felt a bit clunky in my hands and finally Google maps gps did not work (I think that's been fixed now). I did like the SurePress screen and even the TrueType virtual keyboard but these things were just not enough to make me keep it. I've had my LG8700 for 2 years now, so I'm itching for a new phone (I'm thinking smart phone too). Right now my top Verizon phones are: Samsung Omnia (if they get around to unlocking the GPS so I can use Google maps), Diamond, CDMA Blackberry Flip (if they get around to releasing this one), or the Storm-2 (if I can stand waiting that long).

14. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

oh ya that all makes since and i notice all of those problems but its not enough for me to return it because there is nothing else better out for verizon. but ya google maps gps is fixed now and its awesome. i would wait for the storm 2 to give it another shot :-)

8. The Godfather unregistered

and ATT catching up fast??? Man techie you should look at how far they have fallen back in the past few years , they are not progressing , they are digressing

9. techie123

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 25, 2009

Yes - in the Orlando market many of my friends/colleagues who used to be on Verizon are now on ATT - pretty much all due to phone selection (specifically the iPhone). They all admit they get more dropped calls with ATT but it's not as bad as years past - and trust me on this I work in an industry where being able to be reached reliably by phone at any hour of the day is of high importance. Personally, I'm still with Verizon... for now. BTW - just stopped by a Verizon store and NO Diamond yet.

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