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Smartphone News: Telus to Offer the HTC Touch Diamond for $149 Starting This Week
      08/11/08 02:08 PM

It looks like TELUS, a Canadian carrier, will beat US carriers as the first North America company to offer the HTC Touch Diamond Windows Mobile Pro phone with touch screen.

Read our review of the HTC Touch Diamond here:

Here is more info from today's TELUS announcement:

Expanding TELUS' smartphone portfolio, today's announcement truly places TELUS in an industry leading position, offering the largest selection of smartphones on Canada's largest High Speed network from the most recognized manufacturers in the industry ? HTC, Research in Motion, Motorola, and Palm. Whether looking for a smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard to email and text or a touchscreen device to browse the Web seamlessly, combined with the flexibility of TELUS' affordable rate plans and access to Canada's largest EVDO Rev A high speed network, TELUS clients have the freedom to choose the smartphone that reflects their own needs and lifestyle.

?Each TELUS client has specific communications needs and by offering a comprehensive selection of smartphones, we believe that they will find the communication tool that best suits their individual lifestyle,? said Tammy Scott, vice-president, Marketing Communications at TELUS. ?What better way to demonstrate our commitment to our TELUS clients than starting our new campaign by introducing the new attractive, fun and affordable HTC Touch Diamond.?

The HTC Touch Diamond, available for the first time in North America at TELUS on August 14, delivers unmistakable style and meticulous craftsmanship that is defined by its compact size and superior Internet browsing experience which provides clients quick access to popular applications such as YouTube mobile and Facebook mobile. The Diamond's captivating 3D touch interface called TouchFLO 3D also makes it easy for clients to browse their email, photos, music and more with the touch of a single finger.

The HTC Touch Diamond's Opera mobile browser also provides a greater Web browsing experience, which allows clients to zoom and pan pages, and switch easily from portrait to landscape views. Entertainment has never been more fun and easy with the high resolution 2.8 inch VGA display 3.2 megapixel camera with video capture and auto focus plus the 4 gigabytes internal memory to store as many memorable moments users can dream of and thousands of songs to listen to. Using the TouchFlo media player, clients can organize and listen to all their favourite tunes by album, artist, song and playlist.

The HTC Touch Diamond supports Microsoft's popular Windows Mobile 6.1 platform and Microsoft Office Mobile, allowing clients to easily synchronize their email, calendar and contacts with their personal (Windows Live, Google, and Yahoo!) and Microsoft Exchange email services. Users can also effortlessly open and edit Microsoft Office attachments from their handset.

?HTC is thrilled to debut the HTC Touch Diamond for the first time in North America with TELUS. This brings a new dimension to touchscreen smartphones where style and innovation are front and center and customers can easily stay connected to what matters most,? said Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America. ?Combined with TELUS' high-speed EVDO Rev A network, customers will enjoy one-touch access to the Internet unlike anything available on the market today.?

Additionally, the HTC Touch Diamond features:
? 2.8? high resolution VGA touchscreen (the highest resolution in TELUS' lineup)
? Integrated WI-FI (802.11 b/g) connectivity for seamless mobile Internet browsing
? GPS support: GPS/AGPS
? Bluetooth 2.0 support for accessories such as wireless stereo headsets and hands-free car kits
? Hands-free speaker with voice recorder and voice notes
? Microsoft Office Mobile (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) enables clients to view and edit documents on-the-go created with Word, Excel and PowerPoint
? TELUS Navigator, TELUS mobile email, TELUS Portal by Pocket Express
? Size: 101 x 51 x 13.9mm
? Weight: 115 g
? Interface: HTC ExtUSB (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
? Battery: 1340 mAh Li-lon
? Talk time: up to 4 hours
? Standby time: up to 300 hours/100 hours with push email
? Chipset: Qualcomm MSM 7501A 528MHz

The HTC Touch Diamond will be available at TELUS for as low as $149.99 on a three-year contract or $449.99 without a contract. For a limited time, HTC Touch Diamond clients can also enjoy a limited time offer of $15/month for unlimited personal e-mail, instant messaging and Web browsing to easily and affordably stay in touch wherever they are, whenever they want on Canada's largest High Speed network. For more information about the HTC Touch Diamond and TELUS smartphones and services, please visit


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