First N. American Carrier Commits to the HTC Touch Diamond

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When HTC unveiled the Touch Diamond in May, the company promised that it would be coming to North America later this year. The Canadian telecom Telus has announced it will be the first carrier on this side of the Atlantic to fulfill this promise by offering this Windows Mobile smartphone.

HTC Touch Diamond for TelusTelus will launch a CDMA version of the Diamond later this summer for $150 with a 3-year contract. This model is often compared with the iPhone, and this relatively low price will help it compete with Apple’s smartphone in Canada.

This version of the Diamond will support EV-DO Rev. A high-speed networking, and this carrier is going to offer unlimited data plans like $15 per month for unlimited email and IM, or $30 for unlimited email, IM, and web browsing.

More information is available on Telus’ web site.

An Overview of the HTC Touch Diamond

This smartphone is an upgraded version of the very popular HTC Touch, and like its predecessor it doesn’t have a hardware keyboard but instead is focused on its touchscreen.

It runs Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, but includes an updated version of HTC’s overlay for this operating system that makes the device easier to control with a fingertip, rather than a stylus. Called TouchFLO 3D, this provides easier access to contacts, email, photos, music, weather and more.

HTC has also added a web browser that’s based on Opera, and a special version of YouTube is included.

The Diamond has a VGA display, which is a much higher resolution than its predecessor, and a  better 3.2-megapixel camera as well.

It has 4 GB of internal storage but no memory card slot, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.


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