We try to remember our U.K. friends form time to time, and this is one of those times. Tracy & Matt have noticed that the HTC Touch Diamond 2 already is available for pre-order from British dealer Clove (opens in new tab) for 360 pounds, or about $500 U.S. That's without the British Value Added Tax, which increases the price to 414 pounds, or closer to $600.
That's all sans carrier contract and subsidy, which is the norm many places outside the United States. Clove notes that it expects to have the Touch Diamond 2 in stock in mid- to late-March. If you're tempted to import one of these guys, do note that it's lacking the U.S. 3G bands, as did the original Diamond when first released.
As for a U.S. release? We're
sure willing to bet it's coming, just not when and to which carriers. Though if we could snag it unlocked for $500, that'd be nice, too.
Update: Tilt Mobility notes that the Touch Pro 2 also is up for pre-order. 450 British pounds ($639 U.S.) before the VAT, 517.50 pounds ($735 U.S.) after.
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I want this phone on Sprint!!!!
I'll second that! I just switched from the Sprint Diamond to the Pro and I'm ecstatic - it would be incredibly awesome for Sprint to offer the Pro2! They need all the excitement they can get! Here's hoping!!!
For me, the purchase of the Diamond 2 will be huge! I will be moving from the Touch to the Diamond 2.
sorry if this is a stupid question but what do you mean by "do note that it's lacking the U.S. 3G bands, as did the original Diamond when first released"
The Diamond was first launched in Europe and Asia and didn't have the radio bands needed for a 3G signal in the United States. But that didn't stop people from importing it.
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