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Thursday, September 3, 2009

HTC Hero: Sprint’s first Android device, coming Oct. 11

The wait is almost over for the first wireless device combining the open and innovative Android platform with the high-speed connectivity of Sprint’s 3G network, EV-DO Rev. A. Today, Sprint announced the upcoming arrival of the much-anticipated HTC Hero with Google.

Offering a rich mobile Internet experience, HTC Hero offers synchronization for built-in Google mobile services, including Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, and YouTube as well as access to thousands of applications built on the Android platform – all on America’s most dependable 3G network. Beginning Oct. 11, customers will be able to purchase HTC Hero through all Sprint retail channels including Web (http://www.sprint.com/), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Sprint’s national retail partner Best Buy for $179.99 after a $50 instant savings and a $100 mail-in rebate with a two-year service agreement. Pre-registration begins today at www.sprint.com/hero.

As a charter member of the Open Handset Alliance, Sprint is actively engaged with the Android community. Through Android Market, HTC Hero users have access to approximately 8,000 useful applications, widgets and fun games to download and install on their phone, such as Amazon, ShopSavvy, Twitter, Shazam, USA Today, Flixster, CraigslistChecker, PacMan and MySpace Mobile. Pandora, the popular personal radio application, is launching on Android devices and will be available on the HTC Hero from Sprint.

HTC Hero is the first U.S. device to feature HTC Sense, an intuitive experience that allows the device to be completely customized to the wants and needs of the user. The device’s seven-panel wide home screen can be populated with customizable widgets that bring information to the surface. HTC Hero users can easily create and switch between Scenes to reflect different moments or roles in their lives. For example, a work Scene can be easily set up to include stock updates, work email and calendar, a play Scene could have music, weather, and a Twitter feed or a travel Scene could offer instant access to the local time, weather and maps.

HTC Hero requires activation on a pricing plan offering unlimited data. Sprint’s Simply Everything plan provides unlimited nationwide calling, texting, e-mail, social networking, Web browsing, GPS navigation, Sprint TV, streaming music, NFL Mobile Live, NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile and much more for only $99.99 per month. That’s a savings of $1,200 over two years vs. a comparable AT&T iPhone plan. Sprint’s Everything Data plans with unlimited messaging and data are another great option and start at just $69.99 for 450 minutes with unlimited night and weekend calling starting at 7 p.m.

Features of HTC Hero
  • Integrated 5.0 MP camera and camcorder
  • Easy access to personal and business e-mail, instant messaging and text messaging through POP, IMAP, and Exchange Active Sync accounts
  • Wi-Fi capability 3.2-inch capacitive touch screen with a fingerprint resistant coating
  • MicroSD card slot Integrated GPS navigation
  • Trackball navigation
  • Stereo Bluetooth 2.0 Wireless technology
  • Accelerometer, light sensor and home screen widgets for improved usability
  • Multimedia capable with microSD slot (32GB capable, 2GB included)
  • Sprint TV with live and on-demand programming NFL Mobile Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile
  • Easy access to social networking sites, including Facebook, Flickr and Twitter
  • Visual voicemail for quick and easy access to specific voicemail messages