HTC Touch Pro 2 Pricing Revealed

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As we count down the days to the wondrous release of the Touch Pro 2 there has been much debate surrounding the price.  It just so happens that patience IS rewarded and the pricing has been uncovered, for better or worse.  The HTC Touch Pro 2, diamond encrusted with T-Mobile 3G, will run you exactly $213,487.23 $349.99 if you sign a 2 year death wish contract (with no rebate, sorry), and about $400 for a one year sentence.  In case you were wondering, the retail price will cost you an arm and a leg $550 (perfect to buy in installments) .  I hope this doesn’t ruin the surprise, but trust me, it is definitely worth it (for all that qwerty, WM, Touchflo, 3G goodness).  While you continue to lay awake at night count the days, drool over some video and pictures of the glorious device.  Larger (slightly) picture after the break (if you want to look over other prices, or just check my eyes).

Thanks! Anonymous

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  • Frank

    dang…

  • A.KHUN

    I’m gonna cry.

  • http://www.cnn.com Elrich

    First!

    Eh. The 2-year contract price sux a$$!

    But I’m still gonna get it!

    It’s all about the TP2, baby! Nothing else matters here!

    One more day and a wake-up! Ooh rah!

  • MCBrian

    Oh well… that’s been the recent best-guess price. At least it’s not worse than feared.
    And it’s worth it to me.

  • http://doughboydesigns.com Doughboy

    sheeesh!

  • imjussayin

    three words….

    In….Stall….Ments!! smh

  • SlimDan22

    Does anyone know if it is going to have a 2 year warranty on it like the mytouch??

    or what the warranty is on it in general?

    i would hate to spend that much on the phone and have it die

    (although my 3 year old MDA is still working smoothly)

  • Armo

    Andrew, you way over-did this post. you have 5 strike-outs in one little paragraph.

    This phone is overpriced.

  • Jose Medina

    we all knew

  • Jose Medina

    ps i think im just gonna buy full price i have already 400 for it minus well pay the 550

  • AlexW

    Soooooo by the logic of their pricing, the 2nd year of the contract is only worth 50.00?What’s the incentive to reup for two years?

  • Rick

    No incentive for 2 years, renew for one year. I also can’t believe the Dash 3G is still priced at $169.99 when the HTC Ozone (same phone) is at $49.99 on Verizon.

  • Chris

    Agreed – I feel a 1 year plan coming. Especially since a year from now we might be talking about how nice WinMo7 is

  • Chuong

    Way overprice especially with the force data plan for the entire contract length. However the non-contract price is not bad (lower than the unlocked/unbranded Pharos 137).

  • Lance Romance

    it was inevitable…installments :D

  • Jaymes

    $550.00, ok. How much will it be with a partial upgrade? (extend my contract for another year)?

  • aRBie

    I’m going to go on record [and out on a limb] and say that this price is incorrect.

    At this price point, this phone becomes uncompetitive with the iphone and the zillion other HTC products out there. I can’t see t-mobile making such a blunder in this exceedingly difficult marketplace.

    Touch pro2 – $150 [- large 3g coverage area] = iphone?! I can’t see that happening.

    But, then again, who am I any way?

  • Jose A.

    Wow with that money I can buy me an iPhone and the mytouch /

  • Chuong

    So you don’t know that T-Mobile also REQUIRE a data plan for the entire contract length on all smartphones except the BB Pearl, BB Pearl Flip, and T-Mobile Shadow.

    Welcome to the new T-Mobile!

  • dee_shock

    Well I’m still gonna get it because it’s in my affordable price range. Lets see, if I order wed. with express shipping receive it thurs. by the time I’m billed in sept. I would have the total amount. In addition I was told by a rep. that I have $120.00 credit. kool.

  • michael

    This is total bull..i have been waiting for this device for a very long time and now that its here its priced higher than a iphone unlocked..the hell with that..im going for the iphone.

  • Simone

    only question now is how much will the data plan be mmm…so i can add that 2 that 550 (which is not bad at all omg i’m excited!!

  • Cirrob

    Well I guess that settles the whole 799 guess… but mine of 549.99 was only a penny off

  • Simone

    and when are they gonna put it on the website start advertising….????

  • http://www.tmonews.com shawn

    $299 was the sweet spot. I think I’ll wait for any bugs to get worked out and see if they offer a rebate – Unless, I go to the store and get totally wowed by this device. The pricing is still….OK considering what you’d have to pay for the unlocked version.

  • http://www.androidappcritic.com/ Aaron Ratner

    I was going to easily pay whatever they asked for this phone. I literally drooled over this phone for months. I was a WinMo junkie for a long time but they took so long to put this out that I picked up a G1 to hold me over. After rooting the G1 and slapping on a sweet ROM, I will never touch WinMo again. Android is just about a million times better. The only way I would ever even consider this handset is if I can get Android on it. The only way I would ever get this is if I can get the Hero ROM on it. That would make it the best phone on the market today.

  • SpanD

    Spend the 5.99 a month on the PHP, you’ll be covered like a good jimmy hat ;)

  • MichaelSF

    Well I had to go to two corporate stores here in San Francisco before I got to see one. It was being used by an employee, who said she has been using it for a month.

    Horror of horrors hers looked like a POS because she apparently is rough on her phones. She told me she dropped it, to explain the chip on the edge of the display area.

    Great smartphone. I will be buying. I have had phones since 1990, once a year. I have also had many PDAs, PDA/Phones, and smartphones.

    I was very impressed with the TP2. And most surprising, I put my G1 next to it and they were almost the same exact size (the TP2 being about 2/8ths an inch thicker).

    I need the MS Office interface (which I have always loved). I will miss the G1 Android OS (at least until WinMo 7 and MS’s market come out).

    What I do to handle the price is recall paying $500 for a Motorola Star Tac when the only feature back then worth the $500 was the then-small size. LOL.

  • tato22

    wow thats alot of mula for a phone

  • Majestyk

    I just stopped by the Tmobile store tonight and they said it would be $299 on Wednesday but this may include some kind of rebate for a new customer. I have waited for this phone since February, but after I got to play with it a little bit in the store (one of the guys working there had it) I was a little disappointed. Guess I have played with the Iphone once to often. Don’t get me wrong I am still going to get it, but I was hoping for more.

  • http://tmonews.com Adra

    I am very disappointed in this price. I really liked this phone. I will be looking for something else. This price is a little steep, plus no rebate:(

  • Andy

    Sorry T-mo, but at this price, I aint buying this puppy… my money too hard for this over prized kill. May be verizon/ sprint will come out with more sane price, or atleast they have way better coverage and 3G networks.

  • hype

    Kind of pricy. If I have a full upgrade, how much of a discount would I get on the phone?

  • WheresMy3g?

    The subsidized price is not much of a bargain to be stuck in a 2-year contract. I can’t see paying that much to be TMo’s prisoner. I will wait until the other versions come out and drive the price down or just buy it unsubsidized and have the luxury of switching to a new phone in 6-12 months if something new comes out. Then I’ll just sell the TP2- my net cost will be about the same as those suckers who signed a 2-year sentence for $349, but I will be free to switch to whatever phone I want, whenever I want. Besides, I still don’t have 3G in my town…who wants to be in a 2-year contract with no idea when you might actually be able to fully take advantage of the phone’s features? That would be depressing.

  • James

    The thing is what will Sprint and ATT offer the phone for? The Sprint version seems to have a 3.5mm jack and looks better IMHO. I bet they will offer the phone for $299..what’s up with TMO and there prices recently. They offer the Dash3G for $169 and everyone else offers there version for $49-$99.

  • mmafighter077

    Anyone know how much it will be (full price) for t-mobile employees?

  • MichaelSF

    I will definitely agree with you on the look of the phone, it is nothing remarkable. Compared to anything unique, flashy or new on the market, it is, pardon the pun, about as exciting as a phone dial tone.

    There’s nothing sexy, high tech or cool about it’s appearance.

    To me it fits right in with what I said before, the professional market. It can be placed in the center of a conference room table surrounded by the powerful and it will fit in, in a conservative way. No bells or whistles that will distract or cause people to think “oh that guy and his toys.”

    And from the T-Mo press release we know that T-Mo was thinking about the design: “The HTC Touch Pro2 offers the most powerful productivity experience available on a mobile phone, while also delivering unparalleled elegance in… its exterior…”

    A LOT of thinking and research goes into the design, functioning and appearance of phones. That’s why the teen phones have purple keys, consumer phones have black and chrome plastic and business devices such as the TP2 have muted tones. (I disagree with others who say that the TP2 is somehow being introduced to compete with the iPhone. Huh? If it was, where’s the parade, where’s the fireworks this iPhone killer?)

    People can say “It isn’t no iPhone” or “Other phones look better” or “I like the iPhone” and that’s OK for people shopping for a phone based on looks. But the people who buy the TP2 from T-Mo will be doing do for it’s functionality in the business setting, not that it can play movies or music, or that one can put a custom Jonas Bros ring tone as the main ringer.

    The target market can best be summed up by looking at parts of T-Mo’s press release:

    “The HTC Touch Pro2 …..allows organizing conference calls from group e-mail, and makes it easy to turn any location into a conference room. Straight Talk delivers a high-fidelity voice and sound experience enhanced by asymmetric speakers and advanced noise suppression with full-duplex acoustics.

    Windows Mobile 6.1… makes it easy for customers to view, edit and update Microsoft documents, conveniently access calendars and manage to-do lists.

    ‘This summer, many people are balancing summer vacations and time away from the office with the pressures of the workplace,’ said Travis Warren, director, product marketing, T-Mobile USA. ‘We are pleased to announce the HTC Touch Pro2, a uniquely designed device that will help customers manage their day-to-day activities, whether they are in the office or working from an airport, the local playground or the car.’”

  • neoslan

    $550. Cool, less than I thought it would be. I predicted $650-$700. So I am probably going to get it now when it comes out.

  • Tmo_R

    all of the other prices on that list seem correct, so it looks like 349.99 does look like the correct starting price, but definitely not set in stone (samsung highlight went down in price within a week and a half of its release)

  • MichaelSF

    The HTC Touch Pro2 …..allows organizing conference calls from group e-mail, and makes it easy to turn any location into a conference room. Straight Talk delivers a high-fidelity voice and sound experience enhanced by asymmetric speakers and advanced noise suppression with full-duplex acoustics.

    Windows Mobile 6.1… makes it easy for customers to view, edit and update Microsoft documents, conveniently access calendars and manage to-do lists.

    “This summer, many people are balancing summer vacations and time away from the office with the pressures of the workplace,” said Travis Warren, director, product marketing, T-Mobile USA. “We are pleased to announce the HTC Touch Pro2, a uniquely designed device that will help customers manage their day-to-day activities, whether they are in the office or working from an airport, the local playground or the car.”

    “The HTC Touch Pro2 offers the most powerful productivity experience available on a mobile phone, while also delivering unparalleled elegance in both its exterior and user interface design.

    Anyone want to take a guess on the success of the TP2? I’ll go first:

    I suspect TP2 sales will be dismal, for two reasons, no make that 2.5.

    1. As I have said before, the economy. No one is buying stuff. While we are in a sputtering recovery (meaning hoping the engine starts humming), the last thing businesses are doing is buying new smartphones. I still believe that T-Mo intended higher prices for the phone, but the bad economy killed those plans.

    2. It has Windows 6.1, which unless a business has integrated MS Office and Mobile into their offices, WinMo 6.1 devices are on life support. It does not help that there has not been an announcement on when 6.5 will be available and WinMo7 was supposed to be out by now. Instead, it’s a mystery when 6.5 will be out and there are no assurances by any carrier that TP2 first adopters will get it for free.

    2.5 T-Mo has not marketed the phone. This tells me that the TP2 was scheduled to launch and had to launch because the technology is getting outdated by the week. While the TP2 has some hardware improvements, T-Mo knows that 6.1 is like putting a old Chevy engine into a Lexus chassis.

    Let’s face it folks, compare the volume of chatter about other device launches. Have you heard or seen anything close to the noise made about other devices.

    And you have to admit, at the prices T-Mo wants for TP2, A) Who do you think will be looking at the TP2?; and B) Which phone will the common consumer under a tight budget be selecting? I just can’t imagine in these hard times that the typical consumer is going to opt for a $350 phone over one for $200 or less. I don’t know anyone who would make that choice.

    That leaves the business market. What is unemployment now, hovering around 10%? Nokia profits were down 90% last quarter, Sony and others handset sales were down 40+%.

    Frankly, I’m surprised T-Mo is not giving these phones away just to keep customers (T-Mo in the UK, to keep customers from defecting, has resorted to giving them unlocked iPhones!)

    Bottom line on pricing, I was planning to write a review for my readers of professional magazine. However, my readers are suffering just as much as anyone. I cannot talk up this phone and at the end say “and it’s only $350 on a two year contract.” No professional I know considers that chump change. Besides the default price on phones nowadays is EXPECTED to be $200, to $250 for the latest and hottest phone.

    I called my editor and mentioned the price and my thoughts. Said I wanted to write a different article since the price was too high and WinMo 6.5, and WinMo7 are total mysteries when they will come out and whether they will be free or not (while I would think they will be free upgrades I can’t say that if MS and T-Mo have not addressed it.)

    So is my “pulling the review” indicative of what is happening in the business community? I don’t know.

    Food for thought.

    Sidenote: They should have made the price $250, with $50 rebate, or $300 with $50 mir. I don’t know why they are going with $350. Are they trying to scare off people? Are they tossing in the towel and merely trying to recoup their costs for the phone? Are they pricing it to the target market, the professional only?

  • MichaelSF

    Oops… on my last disregard the first part, post starts at:

    “Anyone want to take a guess on the success of the TP2? I’ll go first:”

    Sorry… I type my posts in Notepad so I do lose them by hitting a wrong key or getting a 404. I erroneously used the same notepad file from two posts.

    More than you need to know.

  • quickfiler

    349.00 i guess its a good thing that i get my my FA check this week right :D cant wait to get this phone! been waiting to get a decent wino phone….my shadow is falling apart lol
    first thing im gonna do when i get it is mess around with win mo see what i can add or take from it to make it better :D software mods here i come!!!!!

  • mingkee

    $550 as MSRP is OK, and I get 2 profits
    1. can keep current data ($20 VPN)
    2. contract keeps unchanged

    if it can be used with web2go when buying in MSRP, it’s gonna save more money on the long run ($15 price difference, $180 for a year)

  • Mike P.

    As one of the professionals this phone is marketed to, I have been following the TP2 since the beginning and felt that “first one past the post” would get my money. In my area, Sprint, ATT, Verizon, Tmo, and even nextel have great coverage, so that was never an issue. Unfortunately, I think the best course of action at this point is a wait and see course instead. Wait and see what the price the others sell it for, Wait and see what changes are made in the final versions for each company (3.5mm jack, this button vs that button vs num row, vs whatever else they decided to add or remove) and wait and see if a price war might break out between the various companies. Either way, a TP2 is in my future, I’ll just wait for the dust to settle before I pick which one gets my money and 2 years.

  • WXman

    Don’t worry…the price will drop fast on the TP2. When they realize that nobody is stupid enough to pay that much for a phone like this with an already outdated OS…it’ll quickly get cheaper.

    $550?? You are into SWEET notebook PC range then… ridiculous for a “phone”.

  • Solomon

    Things I can buy with $550 + Tax:

    5 iphone 3Gs = 1 for the car, house, work, and a couple of spares just in case one has a flat.

    2 iphone 3GSs and an iphone 3G

    2 My Touch 3Gs w/ money left over for accessories

    1 NFL Ticket (20 yard line)

    2 NFL Tickets (Corner Endzone)

    12 NFL Tickets (Nosebleed)

    Gas for 6 months

    4 Rounds of Gold (Nice course)

    9 Rounds of Golf (Decent Course)

    12 Rounds of Golf (Municipal Course)

    1 low-end laptop

    20 $20 hands of blackjack (w/ tip money)

    Touch Pro 2

    32″ LCD TV

    1 PS3 and a couple of games

    1 Xbox 360 and 4 games

    2 Nintendo Wiis

  • Mike

    Agreed. It’s not like it’s a shocker.

  • Mike

    Wasn’t the iPhone $600 when it was first released? Yet people flocked to get them. The same scenario will play out here. It won’t be for everyone, much like the iPhone wasn’t for me.

  • me

    I will NOT be buying this phone now. T-mobile sucks!! an Iphone plus the contract break fee is better than this crap!!

    Tmobile made a big mistake.!

  • Man of leisure

    This phone is geared toward the business crowd. It will complete against the blackberry. The Iphone is a great phone however it is geared toward the consumer. Phones are in different segments. Business, consumer, teen, economy, media, messaging, web, etc… The phone that will meet everybodies needs has not been invented yet.