Sprint launching HTC Touch Pro 2 for $350

Sprint Nextel said it would launch the HTC Touch Pro 2, becoming the second national carrier to do so after T-Mobile USA. Just as many of the nation's Tier 1 carriers eventually launched the original Touch Pro, it now appears that a similar trend is taking hold for the smartphone's successor.

sprint htc touch pro 2The Touch Pro 2, first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress trade show in February, has a 3.6-inch WVGA TouchFLO 3D display, a tilt-capable screen, a full keyboard and a 3.2-megapixel camera. The smartphone runs a customized version of Windows Mobile 6.1; customers will eventually be able to upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 when it becomes available. Sprint said the phone would have WiFi capabilities and support for both GSM and CDMA networks, making it a world phone.

Sprint said the device would be available beginning Sept. 8 for $349.99 with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. T-Mobile is selling the phone for $349.99 with a two-year contract.

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