Sprint Responds To The iPhone With The Touch Phone

Oct 17th, 2007 | By | Category: iPhone, iPods & Portable Media Players, Mobile Podcasting

Sprint TouchSprint and HTC Corp. today announced their response to the iPhone, the Touch by HTC, a touch-screen wireless phone integrating Windows Mobile 6 with advanced entertainment features.

The Touch features integrated TouchFLO technology, developed by HTC, leveraging smooth navigation through menus with a finger swipe. In addition, the TouchFLO cube brings a 3D cube interface allowing quick access to entertainment, communication tools and a “Dial-by-picture” photo caller ID screen.

The Touch is based on Windows Mobile 6 with Outlook Mobile, providing email integration, Office Mobile, Windows Live and the ability to run thousands of third-party applications. It also allows users to surf the web with Internet Explorer, send and receive emails, chat on Messenger and send files to their own web space through Windows Live. The home screen provides one-touch access to email, text messages, calendar appointments and contacts, as well as current weather conditions and forecasts for hundreds of cities around the world.

While it doesn’t appear to be as innovative as the iPhone, the Touch shows that Apple’s technology is pushing competitors to introduce more capable and usable phones.

“Our customers appreciate the ability to have one device that seamlessly balances both personal needs and business demands,” said Danny Bowman, vice president of product development for Sprint. “Touch by HTC is unlike any other wireless device because it brings together the power of Windows Mobile with easy access to our entertainment applications. This attractive device easily lets you watch news as it happens, respond to email, download your favorite songs and stay connected with the office, family and friends.”

The Touch offers MicroSD card slot that supports up to 4GB – a 512MB card is included with the device. Additional features include a 2.0 MP camera/camcorder with up to 5X zoom, advanced stereo Bluetooth and Voice-activated dialing.

Touch by HTC measures 4.0″ x 2.4″ x 0.6″ and weighs 4 ounces. This device will be priced at $249.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement and a $100 mail-in rebate. Standard data rates apply for music and other content downloads.

No Responses to “Sprint Responds To The iPhone With The Touch Phone”

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  2. Colette says:

    would be nice if they told you when it would be available.

  3. Katy says:

    It’s available now and looks great!!!!

  4. Jimmy Johnson says:

    With the Iphone you can get the Viper SmartStart. Does Sprint have an answer for that too? If one is in the making will you please make it a two way remote. This seems to be the least like feature of the Iphone/Viper SS. See their product make yours better and I will stay.. Ugh!

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