It looks like Sprint is trying to turn things around. Last week we reported that the company cleared the first hurdle in its bid to obtain Virgin Mobile, and now comes word that next week, the next “must have” handset will arrive for the carrier. Previously released for T-Mobile, this is the HTC Touch Pro2 will arrive on Tuesday for $349.99 with a two-year contract (and after a $100 rebate). That’s a hefty price for a phone to start with, but a lot of money if Sprint is looking to bring over customers. This is a pretty smart smartphone however, and it will run with Windows Mobile 6.1. This 3G handset is a world phone that will feature a 3.6-inch WVGA touch screen, and will also feature a comfortable sized QWERTY keypad. The handset will utilize HTC’s own TouchFlo 3D user interface, plus it will allow users to get straight to the calls via voice operated Straight Talk Technology.
It will of course be compatible with Sprint Navigation, Sprint TV – and with fall just around the corner – will offer NFL Mobile Live. So for Sprint users that thought the Palm Pre was too buttoned down, the HTC Touch Pro2 seems like the perfect blend of a work handset that can play tough too.
Samsung to Launch an App Store
Later this month Samsung will jump into the app store arena with its own that will provide applications and content for its Omnia smartphones. The Samsung store will launch on September 14, but only for European customers. It seems that Samsung must be taking a playbook from their Korean rivals at LG, by launching a store that isn’t for American users.
The app store will be available initially in the U.K, France and Italy, and will eventually expand to at least 30 other countries. The store will offer a robust selection of apps, but obviously will be a little more limited than the Apple App Store. At launch, there will be around 300 apps, including games and eBooks, but the company has promised to bump the number up to at least 2,000 by year’s end.
It is also being reported that users will likely have to update their phones with a new download icon to actually access the site. But users for the upcoming Omnia II, Omnia Pro and Omnia Lite will have the app store download icon pre-installed. Payment for apps can be made through a mobile phone subscription or via credit card. We’ll have more to report after the store launches on September 14.