Say it ain't so!
While we don't have official word from Verizon, it appears that the Touch Pro 2's run has unexpectedly come to halt, at least for online sales.
When we (and a few others) go to the Verizon Wireless site (opens in new tab), enter our zip and look under Windows Mobile devices, we see the venerable Ozone, Imagio, Omnia II and Fathom, but no Touch Pro 2.
We can't help but think it's been pulled from circulation as opposed to just out-of-stock. This comes not too long after their second MR update and lets be honest, Verizon wasn't the fastest cat out the door when releasing this phone.
On the bright side: gotta clear stock for Windows Phone 7? Plus we're sure stores probably still have one or two hanging around.
RIP Verizon Touch Pro 2, you were unique amongst the herd.
[Thanks, segadc, for the tip!]
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The TP2 is my workhorse. Using SPB Diary +PocketPlus + Phone Suite, I have my entire schedule and patient visits at my fingertips. Add PhoneFusion and now my phone is a powerful pager/answering device. I use a Mugen 32oomAh battery - while this does add bulk, the upside is a functioning phone w/o constant recharge. With WM 6.5 ( and a few mods, courtesy of XDA...), I have nearly no crashes or hangs. The physical keyboard, for me, allows fast and detailed texts in a snap. Sorry to see it go. Let's see what HTC does with WP7 and a physical keyboard.
It might be gone from the site, but not from our hearts. Going to take a lot to make me replace mine!
I had to make a switch from T-Mobile to Verizon for work and I wanted to buy the TP2 but couldn't find it at any store or online. I got the Moto Droid but, while it was cool it was a terrible business phone and just not very refined.I had to get one form eBay and they didn't have a lot that had good ESN's. I had little faith in WM7 and thought I would switch to Android but the two weeks I was without WM were enough for me! Hopefully VZW gets a WM7 slider phone soon, this TP2 is a little worse for wear but works ok for now.
Unfortunately, this is true. I just went online to get one last week and found that they were gone. After unsuccessfully calling around to a few stores here in Charlotte, it was suggested that I called Customer Service to see if they had one in a warehouse. Alas, the warehouses are empty of stock and it appears they aren't selling it anymore. I ended up with an Omnia II until I get my free Windows Phone 7 (I work for Microsoft!). :) Of course when I went to the store to get one, they couldn't help pushing me to a Droid and asking why I wanted a Windows Phone. At least once I explained that I work for Microsoft, they backed off.
Great device. I deployed a bunch to our end users. We have been unable to order any for over a month and instead have been deploying the Fathom. However, it could have been so much better. I continue to call it the Touch Slow 2, especially once you enable device data encryption. This thing needed the snapdragon that is in the LG Fathom. It would have been the perfect business phone. I also loved the Imagio, but it suffered from the same slow processor the TP2 does.
Agree 100%, it needed Snapdragon.
Agree as well, I had the T-Mobile version and it definitely could have used a faster processor, using the HD2 now reinforces that view; but still was a good phone.
its herd, as in a pack of animals not heard, as in the past tense of hear
The TP2 was my first non-candybar form factor smartphone.
I don't think it is asking too much to say it is the greatest WinMo phone HTC ever made.
Sure the HD2 is faster and bigger, but without the physical keyboard, I think it falls into 2nd place behind the TP2.
The TP2 was one of the few devices to be carried by all big 4 in the US, plus several in Canada, and many in the eastern hemisphere as well.
A true sign that HTC got it all right with this one.
It will be quite some time until you pry it from my hands!
I love the TP2 (for my the Tilt 2). It is an exceptional phone, works without any fault, I love the screen and the keyboard. It is an amazing workhorse. Yes, it would have benefited by a faster processor, but it works just fine. WinMo 6.5 works well and provides so many features that would not be available in WP7 for quite some time. It has great multitasking, copy and paste, native apps, expandable storage and...(very important) file access. The latter would never be available in a WP7 phone. I hope that it keeps going for some time. When it starts getting too long in the tooth, I would most likely move to an Android phone. WP7 is just the MS version of the iPhone with the same totally insane restrictions. Hopefully, with the success of Android, MS may see the folly of its way (but I doubt it).
About 3 weeks ago Verizon replaced my Touch Pro 2 due to a keyboard problem. The new build they have is really nice. If they would have started with this build or actually tried to sell it in the retail stores this would have been a really popular phone. Verizon is still honoring warranty.
This is a step in the right direction. Even I was thinking of making a switch over to other mobile phone.
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