Well, Amazon.com let the cat out of the bag early. The US version of the HTC Shift was supposed to be announced on March 24, but Amazon did it again and put up a pre-order page early. So HTC told us they've decided to lift the embargo and we can now talk about the US version of the HTC Shift we've had for a few weeks . HTC says they will still wait until Monday the 24th to put out a press release for the US version of the Shift.
The US version of the Shift is available only with a Sprint internal EVDO data modem-- sorry no US GSM version. The list price is $1,499 for this UMPC running both Vista and a minimal version of Windows Mobile 6. Amazon and HTC, via their web site, will sell the machine. Amazon's pre-order page is here.
Other than the EVDO radio and US keyboard layout (which varies just a bit from the UK keyboard on import versions), the two models are identical. OK, there's one more difference: the US version has a soft leather wrap-around case, reminiscent of the HTC Advantage's that's permanently attached with 3 tiny screws. HTC tells us this was necessary to meet FCC requirements (the EVDO radio is under the attachment point and apparently the case offers just enough shielding to reduce radio interference).
We've updated our recently published HTC Shift review to include the US version with Sprint modem (and no, Sprint won't be selling the Shift in their stores-- sorry).