T-Mobile HTC HD2 “Coming Soon”

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Well, folks, you’ve already seen some blurry snapshots (Courtesy of Mr. Blurrcam), and then some HD quality snapshots, and now T-Mobile has officially listed the HTC HD2 on their website as “Coming Soon”.  We’re still expecting a March 24th release with a $199.99 new 2 year contract price tag and a $449.99 retail price.  How many of you are going to camp outside a T-Mobile store the night before?  Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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  • Sam

    SORRY BUT UR NINJAS SUCK….THE HD2 IS COMING THE 17TH FOR SURE!

    • Jose

      so its the 17? not the 24? are you 100% sure?

    • Joe Pa

      Is this true? Man, I hope this is true!

    • Straptin958

      how sure are you about that wise one?

      • Mockerfab4

        Woot! Woot! Hope you’re right!!!

    • SADavidohio

      SAM is full of crap. It IS NOT launching on the 17th. It is launching on the 24th. SAM needs a life.

  • Joe Pa

    I’ve heard this 17th date a few times now on these message boards. Anyone care to elaborate on this date?

  • rob

    i owned a g1 the day it came out. keyboard buttons started sticking and messing up after 1 year so i bought a used mytouch off craigslist i rooted both. i like android but i think they are a little slow and a memory hog, the market is fragmented (u cant use that app becuase u dont have that phone or latest firmware, example moto cliq xt coming out is running 1.5 no turn by turn by google maps for them, they need 1.6) why are these new android phones coming out with out dated firmware? im still using my mytouch but i think im going to get the hd2 i heard mix feelings about wm6.5 but im willing to take that chance. i hope the windows market wont be the same as android when windows phone 7 is out. i would of got the nexus one but like everyone else here i dont like the way u buy it.

    • Bob

      Man, I wish my G1 would break finally. Sadly, after a year and a half it’s rock solid with no problems whatsoever. It’s also more stable and faster than its ever been with the latest Cyanogen mod I just put on it. I wish this thing would finally kick the bucket so that I can justify spending money on a new device. As it is I’m stuck with it…

      • Johnny

        that should be a good thing lol

      • Newcleus

        You can always sell it (not that you’d get much) and put it towards the purchase of a HD2.

  • http://tmonews BenNYC

    I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dj lu

    well i did here that someone went to a tmo store and a rep told him the 17th. But only for current costumers. Is this true, me dont know…

  • just some dʋde

    Whenever it comes out you will get an old OS on it, and a crappy one at that. That sucks.

    • efjay

      No, really? Please do tell.

    • Straptin958

      I rarely write comments on here but instead only read what other people have to say but through out this subject you’ve done nothing but bash the OS. Cool I get that WM isn’t ya thing. How bout you just buy the device, root it to android later and go on bout ya day dude.

      • dj lu

        dont even know why they are browsing thru here if this has nothing to do with android. Why dont they just scroll down to the moto clic and
        admire their lil OS. They are just hating on the fact that the best looking phone out there is not running their boring android OS. so sad : (

      • Bob

        One word for you: Android…..

      • Johnny

        yea Android beats WM anyday…

      • John

        And my brain and knowledge beats yours anyday.

      • John

        @ Johnny

        And my brain and knowledge beats yours anyday…

    • Mockerfab4

      I don’t mind if he/she posts. It just proves how much of a failure Android is based on their users. Bash away dude!

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Whenever JustSomeDud posts we get the same old comments and crappy ones at that. He sucks.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      No Just Some Dude, see I won’t be getting an old or crappy OS on my HD2 at all. I’ll be putting SPB Mobile Shell 3.5.3 on mine. Great looking OS that works through WinMo. Here:s the link:

      SPB Mobile Shell 3.5.3
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGrfQ7IKGBs

      I just went to my local Maggy store and demoed the HD2 and I like what I demoed. I wasn’t blown away or anything but I did enjoy everything about the phone from the feel to the web browsing. HD2 is a great phone that I will be getting. I really wish the Android only people would stop trying to down this phone. I like Android and I like WinMo. Both are great OS’ and Both have issues.

      • MoJo..HD@

        would downloading that SPB shell mess cover the HTC sense UI on the HD2?

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        For those wondering about SPB Mobile Shell, I had that on my Touch Pro2.

        That is a shell, NOT an operating system.

        Yes, it goes over HTC Sense because you can have only one shell operating at a time.

        SPB Mobile Shell is a great product. It has lots of eye candy (such as the 3D rotating column with different programs/apps/functions on each side).

        Using SPB is not a big deal because you can simply tell the handset not to boot up with it or close the program and the shell will disappear.

        IMHO SPB has its benefits. It’s something different than WinMo or HTC Sense.

        But I found I liked HTC Sense better so I uninstalled the SPB Shell. It’s really a matter of tastes. For example, I really like the HTC Sense shell (user interface) because of the animated weather. And I also like the level of customization HTC Sense provides.

        For example, on your home screen you can set up what’s called “Quick Links” to your most often used programs. Then there’s the Tab Bar at the bottom where you can set up tabs for your favorite programs (e-mail, media player, pic viewer, etc.)

        As an alternative, there’s also some free shells from XDA that are quite nice too and the price makes them cooler.

        Keep in mind that these are all shells. Installing them on the HD2 (assuming they can install on an HD2) does NOT void the warranty or change out or swap the WinMo OS. You are simply installing a different shell or theme, much the same as you can do to a notebook or desktop computer.

      • just some dʋde

        looks bloated as hell, just like WM

    • Green Robot

      One word for you: Android…

  • Bigg

    I dont know about camping out but I’m getting one for sure.

  • manushka

    I can’t wait! So it cannot upgrade to WM7 big deal! When Wimo7 comes out it will be glitchy as hell and will take 6 months to get it right. By then I’ll be bored of the HD2 and get a new phone.

    Yes I know that the Androidgeeks believe that there are no issues with Android, that it has been perfect from day 1 and the Nexus has not had, does not have, and will never have any problems and that the Android/Google Customer service is and has been so perfect that angels wish they had it so good. But guess what all OS have issues, Even Android. I like the I-phone but it is not perfect, I tried android but just did not like it (it is good but not for me) and I still have an Axim51 that even with all of it’s issues is of some use.

    Oh and the androidfreeks that hate the I-Phone so much are morons. Apple changed the way phones look and work with the I-phone. Admit it, if not for them we would all be using crackberry/palm knock-offs! Are they the best? no but give credit where credit is due.

    I am buying this phone because I am not a techhead, I use it for work/play that is it? I am not going to dig in its software because I do not have to or want to. I need a phone that is cool and fun and can synch with work and that can provide a game, book, music or movie for the train or plane etc.

  • http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/Cell-Phone-Detail.aspx?cell-phone=HTC-HD2&Wt.z_searchCategory=Site+Search+Summary&Wt.z_searchZone=Products&WT.z_searchTerm=hd2&WT.z_searchProduct=HD Flgirll

    What I find odd is that if you go to T-mobile’s page for the phone all the specs are there except for the SIZE and WEIGHT which are both listed as “TBD”….shouldn’t they know that info by now? It’s not like they plan to change the size and weight before it comes out. Right?!

  • http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/Cell-Phone-Detail.aspx?cell-phone=HTC-HD2&Wt.z_searchCategory=Site+Search+Summary&Wt.z_searchZone=Products&WT.z_searchTerm=hd2&WT.z_searchProduct=HD Flgirll
  • R-JAY

    I REALLY WISH SUM PEOPLE JUS STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT THE OS….IF U NOT GOING TO BUY THE PHONE JUST KEEP YOUR COMMENTS TO YOURSELF…I OWN A MYTOUCH 3G AND A G1 BUT IM STILL GOING TO BUY THIS PHONE TO EXPERIENCE ITS CAPABLY

  • camp- a- lot

    I’m already at my local t-mobile store with my lawn chair and blanket. People walk by and look at me funny, but there’s nothing funny about my HD2 when i get it, this is serious business. like they say…”it’s all fun and games until someone gets an HD2.” SHAZBOT!!!!

  • http://n/a MartinMtz702

    frackin T-mobile!!! how dare they tease me with the following link only to call and have them tell me that it is not yet upgradable.

    https://find.my.t-mobile.com/controller?N=0&Ntx=mode+matchpartialmax&Ntk=primary&Ntt=HD2

  • Kinara

    Hi,

    1st time posting here… Just a quick thought…Does the Picture on T-Mobile’s site look any different to you guys ( especially the bottom – with a grayish curve ) ? Could that be the reason why the Height and the Weight are still TBD?

    I know this happened with the Tmobile’s Touch Pro 2. Their version looked completely different than the Original or the other Carriers ( ATT, VZN, SPRINT )

    Thanx

    Kinara :)

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    My post may not be much of an update, but here is some info:

    I called T-Mo to get them to straighten out a $80 overcharge to my account. While on the phone I asked about the HD2. The rep could only confirm it was coming. She was unaware of pre-orders for current customers, etc.

    Remember that page one could sign up for to be updated on the HD2? Well on that page it asked if you were a current customer and if so to include your phone number (which is a “backup” account number of sorts).

    Did they ask for that info because current T-Mo customers may get a pre-order opportunity? Just speculating, you never know. Does not hurt to hope.

    About T-Mo Credit:

    Technically it’s called the EIP (Equipment Installment Plan).

    I asked about my credit for financing phones.

    1. She said there’s a single internal T-Mo credit amount regardless of the number of lines (I have two). So if you have two or three lines, you do NOT get three separate credit limits. It’s account based, one account with three lines = one credit limit.

    2. Credit limits (EIP limits)range from $90 to $600. As you may suspect, $90 is for new customers, $600 for long term customers with a good payment history.

    3. As a T-Mobile internal credit program T-Mo does NOT run a credit check when you want to finance a phone purchase.

    4. There’s two ways to pay for phones on credit, both with a “down payment,” then the balance paid over three or 20 months (20 months is only available to More+ accounts. IMHO this makes the phone loan act as a sort of early termination fee, an incentive not to cancel T-Mo until the loan balance that must be paid off gets lower).

    T-Mo technically calls the payment options “4 months or 21 months.”

    5. You can pay off the balance remaining by contacting T-Mo (so they don’t apply your payment to your plan, that would result in an over payment instead of it going to the phone loan).

    6. If you switch carriers and still owe on the phone, the balance remaining goes on your final bill.

    7. Your credit can be used on any number of phones. Query: Technically T-Mo says you can purchase in excess of your credit limit, the amount in excess of your limit goes on your next bill.

    If you bought two HD2s under the More+ that would be $900. I suspect a call to a supervisor could get both phones financed on equal monthly payments, especially if one has been with T-Mo a long time and paid monthly bills promptly.

    8. You can call T-Mo and ask what your credit limit is; it’s not a secret.

    EIPs make sense if you do not qualify for a full upgrade discount or are like me, where you get a new phone every six months. E.g., an Even More + customer can buy the HD2, finance it for 21 months, then sell it in November, use that money to pay off the phone, and then get a new phone such as a WP7S superphone coming out.

    Where you really make out like a bandit is if you can sell the phone for as much or just a little less than what you paid T-Mobile for the HD2, for example.

    If I sold my HD2 for a modest $300 in November, for example, that would mean I got to use the latest and hottest phone for $19 a month ($450 – $300 = $150 ÷ 8 months = ± $19 From past history of selling my used phones since the 2006 Pearl, the HD2 in November would more likely sell for $350 to $375.

    Hope this helps, especially those who are wondering how the heck they are going to pay for an HD2.

    • DavidB

      That’s kinda what I did with my G1. Bought it when it became available to existing customers back in Oct of ’08, sold it last week on ebay for $200, will use that to pay for the HD2 with contract extension. So I basically traded up for free w/contract. And in 12 mos., I can trade up again if I want.

    • gargoyle999

      Thanks for taking the time to post the details on this! I may end up using this since I have two lines eligible for full upgrade.

    • gargoyle999

      I just called T-Mobile to see if I was eligible for the EIP and they told me I was and that I was eligible for “up to $1200″. I have two lines. So one of us got the wrong info since I was just told it was $600 per line.

    • chaoscentral

      @ItsMichaelNotMike

      The EIP definately isn’t capped at $600, I’ve got $1000 available for my single line(800 credit score ftw)

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        Thanks again Chaos for posting this. You saved my butt. I should have checked a second time with someone else about EIP and ECL.

  • sortamad

    unfortunately its a school day so im going to have to wait until i get home to go get it. Hopefully my tmobile store has them instock once im free!!

  • dj lu

    Called 3 t mobile stores, only 1 told me the 24th the others acted like they had no clue.

    • Joe Pa

      I’m suprised you got one of them to say the 24th…..since it really isn’t official yet.

  • Naveed Cheraghi

    Lol My dad owns a T-mobile store and has already gotten one for me

    • Joe Pa

      My dad owns a unicorn farm and lets me fly around on them when I want.

      • beej

        LOL, that’s great!

      • dj lu

        lol….. @Joe

      • DotNetCoderAZ

        lmfao!!! is that what I just saw whiz by?

  • papito007
    • Joe Pa

      nice find. interesting…this might line up with the 17th as a launch day possibility.

  • MobilePaddy
  • Theundying1

    man i had a hard decision to make between this and the google nexus one. I chose the Nexus one but still haven’t bought it yet(like many people here, i don’t like how you have to buy it) so i’m waiting to get a hands on with this phone

  • Beetle

    I think the old TFT LCD screen is looking a bit old on the HD2. Newer up-market devices are now coming with AMOLED screens, including most of HTC’s range, but the HD2 will have the less-bright TFT backlit screen.

    • HD2BEAST

      Amoled Screen sucks in the sunlight. And who do you know that likes to set there screen brightness to %100??

  • rushmore

    If any of you camp outside for this thing I will stop and laugh at you- then ask if you would like some hot coco.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Good info Gargoyle and Chaos.

    Gargoyle, I would not say one of “us” is wrong, it’s the CSR who is giving inconsistent info. We are simply repeating what we were told. ;)

    When I asked about “multiple limits” versus one limit for an entire account I was very clear and detailed about my question. I even used an example and said I was writing a magazine review on “T-Mobile’s great new payment plan” (a true statement and also to impress on her that I needed accurate information).

    Sidenote: She seemed knowledgeable enough, but later when I asked another question she at first appeared hesitant. While this told me she might not be experienced, when she had to enter the $80 credit info she read her computer screens fast, quickly found the issue and rapidly typed in the credit while talking to me at the same time. So at that point she appeared quite able and competent.

    So yes, one of the CSRs is mistaken.

    T-Mobile CSRs are known to be misinformed and often inconsistent. The most recent experience I can mention was when we were all wondering about pricing for the Touch Pro2, in August 2009. Everyone got different answers from their respective CSRs. It was ridiculous.

    Financially I would speculate it’s $600 for an account and not $600 for each line. This because I can’t imagine On-A-Budget-T-Mobile giving free credit and assuming the risk on financing 10 million phones, for example, compared to the lower cost and reduced risk of financing perhaps 2 million phones (I don’t know the numbers, I am speculating).

    As to the $600 credit limit, maybe I don’t have good credit with T-Mobile and the CSR was simply trying to be nice. But she did say it ranges from $90 to $600, on the account, not each line. So I can’t imagine her statements were based on MY rating.

    Since this is for a mag article I have to call back and talk to a supervisor. Hopefully I will get good info because I can’t publish erroneous info.

    Assuming people in here are interested, I’ll report back what I find out.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    OK, called and got the answers.

    1. EIP credit available is based on an account, NOT the number of lines. So Gargoyle if you have two lines and a $1200 limit, that is NOT because you have two $600 limits, that’s just coincidence with what I mistakenly said about there being a $600 account limit.

    2. So you can talk the talk with a CSR, T-Mobile calls the EIP credit limit the “ECL” (Equipment Credit Line).

    3. There are no lower or upper credit limits (ECL). It can start at zero and go up to $1200 (see below).

    The computer uses a matrix to “spit out” an ECL tailored to that customer. She said that based on my account, she was noting the file to reflect that I would be going on the EM+ plan and to increase my ECL (see below).

    4. My $600 ECL limit is currently based on my NOT being an Even More Plus account (I erroneously assumed that the $600 on my T-Mobile account page reflected being on EM+, but I returned my BlackBerry and went back to my old plan. So the ECL was not an EM+ ECL, so to speak.

    Sidenote: When getting subsidized phones $600 is plenty to finance two phones. E.g., Although I did not get payments, the $600 ECL would have covered my two Pearls, two Curves, G1 and the TP2.

    Stay with me here.

    5. Because Even More + customers are paying full price for phones the ECL limit for EM+ customers has been increased. (This makes sense since if one bought two HD2s that would be $900).

    6. While there is NOT a set or published upper limit for EM+ accounts, she said that generally it works out on average to be $1200 per account (again, not per line).

    Bonus Comment: If you are on a contract with T-Mobile and will be switching to the Even More + plan, make sure to inform the CSR to update your ECL to reflect your now having to pay more for your phones (aka increase your credit limit).

    Great posts guys, without your comments I would have got the info all wrong in the article and I would have looked like a dumb ass. Was meant to be, I guess.

    • gargoyle999

      Thanks for getting it all straightened out. Now I just need to decide if I’m going to buy subsidized or not. But at least this EIP will help if I decide to buy the phone outright in not having to have such a large expense up front.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Forgot to mention, she said your ECL is not automatically adjusted, there has to be an event to prompt looking at it. Events include switching plans, buying expensive phones or asking for an increase.

    So make sure to ask for your ECL to be updated if you intend to buy two HD2s, for example (one for you, one to keep the wife from complaining about your weaknesses).

    The impression I got was that all you have to do is ask (for an ECL increase) and you shall receive. Assuming, of course, you ask nicely and are not a creep.

  • tchez27

    Sorry, if you’re reading this post from me again from another blog on here but I want to make sure we all get to enjoy this magnificent specimen in all the glory we can get……….

    Check this out HD2oids! Incase you’re like me and just can’t get enough of this beast of a phone. The HTC website has a 7, thats right 7 minute video about the features of and using the HTC HD2. I’ve personally watched it three times. Have fun! Here’s the link http://www.htc.com/www/product/hd2/overview.html. Click on the green take a closer look button.

    • tchez27

      ps. the seven HD2s at the end is no mere coincidence. WM7 here we come.

    • gargoyle999

      The video shows the phone as being a WI-FI access point. Think this will be available in the T-Mobile version?

  • poagester

    I will definitely be waiting for this phone as I already have been for oh so long!