HTC Touch Pro Debuts on Verizon

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Verizon Wireless has joined the ranks of carriers offering the HTC Touch Pro, a business-oriented smartphone with a wide range of high-end features.

HTC Touch Pro for VerizonThis Windows Mobile device has a VGA touchscreen and a sliding keyboard. It also has EV-DO, Wi-Fi, and GPS.

It sells for $350 with a two-year contract and $70 mail-in rebate, which means Verizon is 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.

This model is available now on Verizon’s website, and is expected to be in Verizon stores on Dec. 1.

More about the HTC Touch Pro

In shape, this smartphone is a slider: a QWERTY keyboard slides behind its 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen.

The Touch Pro runs Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional with HTC’s finger-friendly TouchFLO 3D user interface on top.

This smartphone supports Verizon’s EV-DO Rev. A network and allow tethering. It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Additional features include GPS, a microSD/SDHC card slot, and a 1340 mAh battery.

It is expected to replace the XV6800 in this carrier’s lineup.

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