Verizon Touch Pro2 coming 11 September with worldwide calling support

Verizon Touch Pro2 coming 11 September with worldwide calling support

Summary: Readers know how I feel about my T-Mobile HTC Touch Pro2 and as I stated before it will be coming to all four main US wireless carriers. Today we get the official press release that the Verizon version is coming tomorrow for just $199.99 after $100 mail-in rebate. This price leaves you wondering about the $350 that T-Mobile and Sprint are charging, but I find the device to be a solid performer and think the $350 I paid is still a good value for such a powerful device.

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Readers know how I feel about my T-Mobile HTC Touch Pro2 and as I stated before it will be coming to all four main US wireless carriers. Today we get the official press release that the Verizon version is coming tomorrow for just $199.99 after $100 mail-in rebate. This price leaves you wondering about the $350 that T-Mobile and Sprint are charging, but I find the device to be a solid performer and think the $350 I paid is still a good value for such a powerful device.

Carriers are adding some of their services to the device, but they are all still pretty standard across all carriers for the most part. The Verizon Wireless HTC Touch Pro2 (the name has stuck in all cases so far) has a keyboard similar to the Sprint version with the lack of a Ctrl key the one downside compared to my T-Mobile Touch Pro2. Like the Sprint version though, the Verizon one gets a 3.5mm headset jack. I also see that the Verizon model is a world phone with quad-band GSM and dual band HSPA support.

Topics: Verizon, Hardware, Mobility, Telcos, Wi-Fi

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  • Verizon version crippled again?

    I tested the VZW Touch Pro when I was shopping around for a new phone earlier this year, and the performance limitations VW had imposed on the device were incredibly disappointing. I'd seen videos of the Touch Pro on other carriers where everything was slick, sleek, and responsive. On VZW, the Touch Pro was slow and sluggish. I'm sure the weaker processor and half the baseline RAM affected that, but after 15 minutes of playing with it I'd found that the average response time switching views from portrait to landscape was 5 seconds, and the average response time for pulling out the keyboard to having an input window was 3 seconds.

    The Omnia was the most responsive device I tested in the store, and begrudgingly I chose that. I went in with my heart set on getting the Touch Pro, but on Verizon, it was just too crippled to be effective. Hopefully VZW has learned from that mistake.
    MariusSilverwolf
  • VZW TP2 = Who Cares?

    VZW crippling of the TP1 and insistence on blocking all other navigation systems using the GPW but their own caused me to abandon them after 21 years of service for me and 16 for my wife.

    We are so much happier at Sprint with essentially the same service (PCS area for VZW) at half the price with the company affiliation discount.

    VZW has lost us as customers forever.

    brianpeterson@...
  • RE: Verizon Touch Pro2 coming 11 September with worldwide calling support

    I have about had it with Verizon, both in terms of loony changes to phones, and their fees. I currently have a Samsung Saga, and I swear although the last ROM update unlocked the GPS (which I rarely use), it has slowed all operations on the phone.

    With some trepidation, I'm going to switch all 3 of our lines to Sprint, and see what happens. The price of the TP2 is a shock, though, and even though the Sprint version is also a World Phone, I may wait for the Hero and give Android a shot.
    ibap
  • Sprint HTC TP2 Price

    I agree on the price. They can't hope to sell it at $350.00 when VZW and others are near $200.

    Sprint, can you hear the market voting?
    brianpeterson@...
    • Less features on Verizon

      I have the Verizon and my wife has the Sprint. The GSM sim card slot on the Verizon version is locked to Verizon's cards, Sprint's is unlocked. This means when we go out of the coutnry with this "worldphone" I will pay TEN to 15 TIMES as much per minute as she will.
      My VErizon model GPS does not work as well off network either
      Verizon=Walled garden, messing with phones to make more money off of customers.
      RAndy642
  • RE: Verizon Touch Pro2 coming 11 September with worldwide calling support

    Yeah, but Verizon's Touch Pro2 isn't gimped like the Touch Pro. It has the same 528MHz processor and same 288MB of RAM as every other carrier.
    jasonjoo
  • Price is $299 not $199 at t his point

    The price right now (9/11 10 AM) on Verizon's website is $299 with no mail-in rebate - not the $199 everyone was saying it would be.
    ibap
  • Worldwide calling cost a FORTUNE on Verizon model

    Yes, the Verizon "worldwide" feature is forced roaming on Verizon's sim card ONLY. On the same model Touch Pro 2 on Sprint you can use any local country card and save a huge amount of money. This is not hyperbole: if you go to France and use this "worldwide" phone in France for 60 minutes of outgoing and 60 minutes of incoming it will cost 14 TIMES as much money as the Sprint version of the SAME handset.

    On trip overseas and the Sprint version costs less, and that is not including the fact that Sprint's US service is 25% less money already
    RAndy642
  • RE: Verizon Touch Pro2 coming 11 September with worldwide calling support

    Did 15 years with Verizon through the bulky bag phones and the hideous bill and bad coverage. Fired them this year to get an iPhone. Their parting gift? a 78.00 final bill Good luck ever collecting a dime of it!
    How does that taste, Verizon? You suck and your phones suck even worse on CDMA!
    gwats1957