HTC Touch Pro Coming to Verizon by Month’s End

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Verizon Wireless may soon be the third major wireless carrier in the U.S. to introduce the HTC Touch Pro.

This high-end, business-oriented smartphone — which features a VGA touchscreen and a sliding keyboard — will debut on this carrier’s website on Nov. 24, if a document leaked to Engadget is correct. It will be available in Verizon stores on Dec. 1.

HTC Touch ProIt will reportedly go by the name Verizon XV6850, and will sell for $350 with a two-year contract and $70 mail-in rebate.

This carrier will supposedly be charging a bit more for its version of the Touch Pro than its U.S. rivals. Both AT&T’s version — called the Fuze — and Sprint’s sell for $300 with contract and rebate.

More about the Verizon XV6850

The XV6850 will have a built-in sliding keyboard, and is expected to replace the XV6800 in this carrier’s lineup.

It will run Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional with HTC’s finger-friendly TouchFLO 3D user interface on top.

In shape, the XV6850 will be a slider: a QWERTY keyboard will slide behind its 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen.

This smartphone will support Verizon’s EV-DO network and allow tethering. It will also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Additional features will include  GPS, a microSD/SDHC card slot, and a 1350 mAh battery.

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