T-Mobile's "Free Father's Day" Sale?

T-Mobile is rumored to have one heck of a Father's Day sale where all the phones are free? We're not just talking about last year's models but every phone in the house for free? That would include Windows Phones such as the HTC HD2, Touch Pro 2, and the Dash.

I'm not sure if I'd make plans to camp out at the local T-Mobile Store on June 19th just yet, but Tmonews has stumbled upon scripts for an upcoming T-Mobile commercial. In the dialog the fictional T-Mobile employee indicates every phone is free. There is even reference to the HD2 being free.  To quote the fictional employee, "free, free, free".

There are no details available yet on who could be entitled to a free phone. More than likely these deals will be for new or possibly upgrading customers and should require a two-year contract. Still, if true, T-Mobile could be seeing an increase in their customer base come Father's Day.

[read: tmonews.com]

T-Mobile HTC HD2 ROM is back...again

At first it was here, then it was, then it was back, then it was gone...and now it's back. (Get it here)

That finicky HD2 ROM from T-Mobile has once again returned to the site, ready for download after being recently removed reportedly due to technical issues causing mischief on people's ginormous black slabs.

So what was fixed? Evidently nothing.  In T-Mobile's forum they blame the last ROM yanking on server issues. Yeah.

Due to overwhelming demand, some customers experienced slow download times when attempting to access the HTC HD2 software update from the T-Mobile Web site. As a result, we temporarily removed the link from our Web site to ensure the best possible customer experience.

Now that we have solved our server issues, we are happy to announce that the software update for the HTC HD2 is now available on the T-Mobile Web site for customers to download and install on their HTC HD2 smartphone.

If you have already downloaded and installed the software update to their HTC HD2, please continue to use your device as normal. You do not need to reinstall the software.

So no need to re-flash as nothing will change. Speaking of, with the new ROM, lots of complained about the poor touch response. If that's you, XDA has you covered with this .cab fix to adjust the settings for you. Good luck!

T-Mobile pulls HD2 update--cites problems with ROM

In regards to the latest ROM update to the T-Mobile HTC HD2, people's reaction fell into two camps:

  1. It made it better
  2. It made it worse

Guess who won? 

T-Mobile has pulled the ROM update due to complaints, one of which is that touch-sensitivity starts out very high but then degrades to the point where you have to mash the screen to get it respond. Another is dialing 611 reportedly screws up the speakerphone till you soft reset. Others complain of freezing and general instability (see this thread at HTC.com)

It is unclear when T-Mobile will release an updated version or what they plan on fixing, but most of seems to focus around Sense 2.5 and areas of customization. We'll keep you posted on any changes.

[via T-Mo News]

T-Mobile HTC HD2 ROM update now official

If you missed it a few days ago, before HTC pulled it, you can once again grab youself the official HD2 ROM upgrade.

Simply hop here http://www.t-mobile.com/wmupgrade/ and type in your IMEI to download the latest ROM.

Couple of things, for the 15 digit IMEI: if you have 17 digits, just leave the last 2 off. Second, yes, this is the exact same ROM as the "unofficial" one from a few days ago: same size, same numbering, no reported differences in performance. So if you're already flashed, no need to do it again.

Read all the details in the press release right here.

T-Mobile HD2 gets an (unofficial) official ROM update

Well that sure didn't take too long.  Looks like the T-Mobile HTC HD2 (aka WM6.5's last hurrah) has received a ROM update.

Slight word of caution: we're hearing this isn't 100% officially public yet, but perhaps the final ROM for T-Mo employees/testers, etc. So expect an "official" announcement next week by T-Mobile and HTC on this exact update.

The OS build is bumped to 21892 (a very good build, we might add), updated radio, updated Swype , reportedly more stable and responsive (via XDA forum) and finally, it includes a new app to see your account information. 

If you want to know all of the software changes, here ya go (not for the faint of heart!).

You can grab the download directly from HTC here.

Update: HTC pulled it :-/

Update II: T-Mobile will make the update official on the 18th!

[via TMoNews and PPCGeeks forums]


T-Mobile HD2 in short supply

It's no secret that T-Mobile is enjoying a lot of success with the HTC HD2. The HD2 is a fantastic Windows Phone and it's surprising that other carriers haven't followed T-Mobile's lead.

Unfortunately, with this success comes supply issues. Supply so thin that T-Mobile had been restricting the HD2 to new customers only and limiting that to only one per customer.

Comments such as "I would think that since loyal customers like me who want to (re)commit for another 2 years that such loyal customers would be at the top of their priority list. I would be wrong." were surfacing over at the T-Mobile Community Site. In response, T-Mobile has offered the following.

"T-Mobile understands the inventory challenges for the HTC HD2 and continues to work diligently in order to supply our customers with this highly popular product. As we receive additional inventory of the HTC HD2, we are giving priority to our existing customers. However, the demand for the device is still exceeding our supply."

"Depending on the location, some T-Mobile retail stores may still have some HTC HD2 inventory available. We suggest that interested customers contact their local T-Mobile store via phone before visiting to see if they have the HTC HD2 available. If they do not have the HTC HD2 available, some stores are taking names and contact information, and will be able to notify customers once that location has product available."

Not exactly a firm commitment to existing customers but it is a start.

[via: engadget.com]

HTC HD2: Takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

Important safety tip, don't place your HTC HD2 on the roof of you car and drive off.

However, if you do, all might not be lost. The Talk Show host in the above video was loaned an HTC HD2 to review. He was distracted while leaving work and left the Windows Phone on top of his car. Once home, he realized what had happened, traced back his steps and found the HD2 lying face down in the road.

The HD2 didn't look pretty but the overall condition of the phone might surprise you.

[via: wmpoweruser.com]

GPS Tab for Sense 2.5

Tabs seem to be popping up out of nowhere these days. You have a tabs for Facebook, Call History, Twitter, Documents, eReader, and now there's one for GPS.

XDA Developers Forum member xaoc747 has developed posted a GPS tab designed for Sense 2.5 and the HTC HD2. The tab defines your current position and object motion parameters for calculation between the current and previous points. It will record tracks in a Yandex map format along with an analysis of the tracks (distance, speeds, time, etc.).

In skimming over the discussion on this Sense 2.5 tab, there is no mention of it being compatible with any Windows Phone running Sense 2.5 other than the HD2. The Russian Developer has released a similar tab for the HTC Touch Diamond but there is no mention as to whether or not this tab will function on a Touch Pro 2 running Sense 2.5. There is some discussion that some of the settings menus are not translating from Russian to English as well.

If you're in an adventurous mood, you can find the full discussion on the custom tab as well as the download here. Keep in mind this is a home-grown modification that may or may not have bugs and is essentially in the Beta stages.

Correction: This mod was posted over at XDA by xaoc747.  The mod was actually developed by member, MoonNah.  

[read: wmpoweruser.com]

The HTC HD2: A dead end phone?

We ran across an interesting review (with accompanying video) on the T-Mobile HD2 over at the Wall Street Journal's Personal Technology site. The review refers to the HD2 as a dead end phone because it runs Windows Mobile 6.5 (as opposed to the upcoming Windows Phone 7).

Agree or disagree with the review points, it does present an interesting question. Is the HD2 a dead end phone? Microsoft has repeatedly stated that Windows Mobile would continue to be developed but are you buying a phone with a severely limited life-span? Does Windows Mobile become obsolete when Windows Phone 7 hits the market?

My guess is that Windows Phones running Windows Mobile 6.5.xx will continue to have a strong following.  We just need to find a way to get the HD2 on a few other networks.

What's your thoughts?

[read: ptech.allthingsd.com]

O2 ROM update for the HD2

U.K. wireless provider O2 has released a ROM update for the HTC HD2. There is no change log available with the ROM likely fixing minor bugs and tweaking things under the hood to improve stability.

If you happen to be using an HD2 from O2 you can find the updated ROM here. Remember, when you flash the ROM you wipe all your data so it's important to back-up everything before updating.

[via: wmpoweruser.com]

'That screen is pure sex'

Can't say we disagree. [via Android Central forums]

HTC selling T-Mobile HD2 for $99 flat (2 year contract)

For those still on the fence about the HD2 (we imagine Hulu would look great on that screen), HTC Shop America, their direct sale store, is pimping the phone directly with a T-Mobile plan for $99. No rebate, no waiting.

Rumor also has it that this deal may not last, but who knows with these things (that 35 percent Bing cashback is still available as is the Wirefly deal). And considering how often T-Mobile is running out of stock/replacing stock on this device, we take it to mean it's selling quite well.  Go here to get started.

Microsoft giving away a T-Mobile HD2


Want a T-Mobile HTC HD2?  Have a creative mind?  Microsoft's latest giveaway contest may be right up your alley.  As the above video promo mentions, Microsoft wants to know what you would do for an extra inch.  An extra inch of screen space that is.

Head on over to Microsoft's Windows Phone Facebook page and tell Microsoft what you would do and you may find yourself winning a T-Mobile HD2.  Entries will be accepted through May 15.

That Snapdragon processor is fast ... Very fast

Not only is the HTC HD2 large in stature — we're still knocked over by that 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen — it's got game under the hood. Benchmark tests of the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor reportedly clocked in at at least a 300 percent improvement over the Touch HD and its Qualcomm MSM7201 processor running at 528MHz. And another test showed an improvement of 1,822 percent. Between this and Nvidia's Tegra processor, the future is now, people. The future is now.

wmpoweruser (currently down) via Engadget Mobile

T-Mobile iPhone/HD2 Trade-in Plan

T-Mobile apparently has a trade-in program that may help those who can't decide what to do with that old iPhone. From April 1 through May 19, you can trade in an iPhone for up to $350 credit towards a new HTC HD2.

Participating T-Mobile dealers will be authorized to give a minimum of $100 credit (max $350) to those trading in their iPhones. The iPhone must be functional and in working condition; screen not broken, damaged or leaking; and no liquid damage or corrosion present. According to the details, activation is not required with the credit being applied to the fully priced HD2.

The HD2 is already priced extremely well and for those who have an iPhone lying around collecting dust (we're looking at you, CrackBerry Kevin), the trade-in program makes the HD2 even more attractive of an offer. [via tmonews]

Review: Slacker Radio

Who says nobody develops for Windows Mobile anymore? Leaked in February only to be yanked, and then announced at CTIA in parallel with the launch of the HD2 on T-Mobile; Slacker Radio brings one of the more robust streaming radio empires to the Windows Phone platform. Slacker Radio is a service designed to bring you a variety of content for little or no cost. In a world where 3G networks and high-powered mobile devices are becoming commonplace; Slacker and similar services have a solid foundation on which to expand their empire.

To get a look at what you can find in Slacker Radio for Windows Mobile, keep reading.

High Quality streaming audio. Wide variety of content. clean interface.
Free version has ad content. Designed only for WVGA screens with Portrait Orientation.

Turn the HD2 into a metal detector

One of the many creative minds over at XDA Developers may has come up with a way to turn your HTC HD2 into a metal detector. XDA member 6Fg8 has created an application, Metal Detector, that works under the premises that the built in compass on the HD2 relies on the earth's magnetic field to calculate the deviation from magnetic north. If you put a piece of metal near the compass, it deviates from the natural deviation.

There are still a few bugs to work out in the application but for the most part, it performs as advertised. Yet somehow I don't see scanning the beach with an HD2 looking for buried treasure.  However, if that screw you dropped blends in too well with the carpet, this application might be of some use. [via 1800pocketpc.com]

HTC HD2 commercials spotted

As if we needed any more convincing that the HTC HD2 is an outstanding Windows Phone. Just in case there are those still on the fence, HTC has released a pair of short commercials highlighting the HD2.

Now if we could only get an AT&T branding on the phone?

Follow the break to see the pair.

[via: wmpoweruser.com]

Windows Phone 7 Series possibly (and unofficially) running on HTC HD2

Update: Added video above. Level of skepticism still fairly high.

Microsoft has said that the HTC HD2 won't be getting an official upgrade to Windows Phone 7 Series, but that's never stopped anybody before, has it? Tom at HTCPedia says he's got the WP7S Metro UI running on the HD2, and most of the big bells and whistles are up and running, including WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth. There are issues with the graphics drivers, he says, causing some lag.

Let's hope we see some video from boot to actual use pretty soon, to help shore up this one a bit, cause we all know how easy it is to be duped by pics. And speaking of pics, there are a few more after the break. [HTCPedia via Redmond Pie]

Deal Alert: Save 35% off a T-Mobile HD2 using Bing cashback; $99 with WireFly

So you want a T-Mobile HD2 but not sure about the price? (Even though we feel $449 is pretty good with no contract already).

Fret not as Microsoft's Bing is offering a whopping 35% off of the full $449 price which brings down the total cost to a nice comfy $292, give or take a few cents.

To take advantage, simply follow these directions:

  • Open web browser to www.bing.com
  • Type in "T-mobile HD2"
  • Select the "Sponsored Links" at the top with the 35% off info

Now to be clear, you won't get the 35% savings right away. Bing cashback works by refunding the difference after 60 days (read 'How it works' here, their FAQ here). The refund is either by check or, if you have Paypal, they will automatically deposit the money after the alloted time.

Still, for customers who want this baby for a fair price without committing to a two year contract, is $292 your number?

And for those who don't mind a two-year commitment, WireFly is offering the HD2 for a low $99, which ain't too shabby either.

Edit: As noted in comments, if you do both Bing cashback + Wirefly, you can have a spankin' new HD2 for $50 + 2 year contract.

[Thanks, JB6464, for originally noticing this deal!]