When the HTC Touch Diamond debuted last month, it was not officially released in N. America and lacked support for an important cellular-wireless frequency used in this area. Thanks to a new software upgrade, though, this has now changed.
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At its release, this smartphone did not support the 850 MHz networks used in the U.S. by carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile. A new ROM update released by HTC takes care of this.
Why HTC left 850 MHz support out of the Diamond at launch is unknown. One theory is that in the rush to get this product on the market, testing a frequency that isn’t used in the countries where this smartphone is initially being sold was a low priority.
In any case, those who would like to make their Diamond into a quad-band world phone can download the latest ROM from HTC’s web site. Because this smartphone still hasn’t been released in N. America, this ROM is coming from HTC’s Asian website.
More about the HTC Touch Diamond
This smartphone is an upgraded version of the very popular HTC Touch, and targeted at the pro-sumer class.
Like its predecessor, it doesn’t have a hardware keyboard, but instead is focused on its touchscreen. It has a number of upgrades, like a VGA display, a 3-megapixel camera, and Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro.
There will eventually be both GSM and CDMA versions with 3G support, and some of these will include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 and/or GPS.