Germany has got its hands on the HTC 7 Pro, which has flooded stores as an unlocked SIM-free device and on carrier O2 as contract. HTC Germany reports that the smartphone will be tagged at €29 ($39) on a new two year contract at €22.50 ($30) per month, or €599 ($796) on its own.
What's more, it's coming to the UK too on February 10th and you can now pre-order the phone from Clove. Price is heading north of £442.80 including VAT. Ouch.
The phone packs a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, with a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen offering coupled with a 5-megapixel camera, also found on other HTC WP7 handsets. Physical keyboard admirers fear not as the HTC 7 Pro comes equipped with a slide-out keyboard. Overall a fantastic purchase for any German or Brit new to WP7.
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coming to the US? rumors facts hints?
Fact: Coming to Sprint, probably Feb/March.
No-one seems to get o2 Germany's phone pricing scheme right, so once again:The phone is not 29EUR on a two-year contract. It's a no-interest credit scheme, where you pay 29EUR once and 24 monthly installments of 22.50EUR for a total of 569EUR (you can also pay the 569EUR up front without any further obligations and get the phone). That will only get you the phone, there's no phone service contract involved AT ALL!Maybe it's because German is not the easiest language in the world to comprehend, but the web site (http://www.o2online.de/nw/handys/o2myhandy/o2-my-handy.html) states very clearly that you only get a phone that way.o2 Germany tries not to sell subsidized phones at all. If you want a subsidized phone with your contract, you have to pay extra for that, which almost completely negates the savings through phone subsidization. o2 is still among the cheapest mobile phone service providers in Germany, though (I pay 12.75EUR monthly for phone service, including HSDPA data with a 5GB monthly cap).
More LCD & 8GB crap, soon there will be tons of videos showing how to dismantle it and upgrade the storage card, while voiding your warranty of course. I really wonder why people continue to buy HTC's half-baked WP7 devices.
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