HD2 Gets Unboxed (Again), TmoNews Style With Extras (Updated)


Update:  A bunch of pics showing the multimedia functions of the HD2 have been added. The only missing piece here is the e-reader which our source said is just asking to be updated.

Update 2:  Thanks to Marc over at Laptop Mag, we are closer to confirming the March 24th launch date and the $199.99 price point.  It’s obviously what we’ve been expecting this whole time.  Of course, they also note that the HD2 will NOT be Windows Phone 7 compatible which clears up some of the confusion that surrounded that possibility.

As the launch of the T-Mobile HTC HD2 nears, we’ve got a few more exclusive images of the HD2 in actionfor you, our readers.  Just to recap, we’re still running with the March 24th release date, the same $199.99 2 year contract pricing, and a $449.99 retail price tag.  Hit the jump for an overload of HTC HD2 goodness!

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  • Jose

    OMFG!!!! this phone is sexy as hell cant wait to get it.

  • gargoyle999

    One day closer to having this in my hands then I was yesterday! :)

  • aLb3Rt

    this is awesome! cant wait…. ggggggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

  • Inuyasha

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this! I’m hoping my local store will get a live demo soon so I can get a taste of what I will be enjoying on my birthday!

  • gargoyle999

    FWIW, I would have rather had one or two free movie downloads on Blockbuster vs having Transformers preinstalled. First thing I’m going to do, well after I watch a few minutes of it, is delete the things.

    • beej

      Totally Agree. Transformers? Eh…guess it shows off the screen…

  • Steven

    I ordered a cool case from Boxwave http://www.amazon.com/HTC-Honeycomb-Crystal-Slip-Clear/dp/B0007PLUVQ/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1268240903&sr=8-3-fkmr0

    But that gel with the retro design is sweet. The box looks good enough to put on your mantle.

    • Sean

      Thanks for the link! That’s a sweet case…I’m off to order mine too!

    • Phalosopher

      @ Steven: thats a NICE case!!!

    • Joe Pa

      It’s nice, but $20??? Seems a bit steep for what it is.

    • ahh

      wow that does look nice im getting mine from there

  • Sean

    Sold!!! I am so getting this on 3/24 —> Gonna go into work late & be @ store the sec they open! Hell, I might take the day off to play with it! LOL

  • sam

    I would like to see a picture of Google maps on this phone – how similar is it to the Android Google maps (which I love and use a lot)?

    • beej

      Good question.

    • mmafighter077

      I have not heard anything about a new version of google maps. I like winmo but google app support on winmo is pretty crappy. That being said google maps doesnt look half as good as android.

      • DotNetCoderAZ

        WinMo version of GMaps pales in comparison to the Android version (kind of what you would expect).

        TomTom has a free version for WinMo however. It’s not nearly as full featured as GMaps, but for a free navigation solution, it works.

  • aLb3Rt

    i heard copilot works well with the phone and it runs on the microsd. no need for a data plan! am so gettin it asap but there’s a one time charge of $39.99 i think but still better compared to paying monthly with telenav

  • JM

    Can you please post a photo with the eBook reader? Everyone keeps talking about it but every single mention and “unboxing” of this phone seems to somehow skip it.

  • beej

    Man, I really want this!!

    Anyone know how the media player is? I hated it on my previous WinMo phones (SDA, Shadow, Dash) and it’s horrible on Android (to me…), as I have a g1 now.

    • Johnny

      im assuming since it has Sense UI, its probly gonna be similar to that of the HTC Hero (which is very nice by the way) but i could be wrong…

      • DotNetCoderAZ

        The media player in Sense is very similar to the TouchUI (I’ve been running Sense 2.5 on my TP2 for a few months now). It is heads and tails above Android’s media player.

        On the flip side, there is also Nitrogen and S2P (Slide To Play) which are both pretty good too.

  • Joe

    drool!!!! i could care less if this phone gets wp7s… htc sense rocks!!!!

  • Adam

    Saw phone in person yesterday in training, played with phone too. Simply amazing, no lag time at all w/ processer as fast as it is…to answer some questions out there, no screenshots of ebook reader until day of launch, software not running yet…media player the same as other WM phones, will NOT upgrade to WM7…for those (like me) who are anti-touchscreen only devices, this will change your mind, swype is amazing and simple to use.

  • Steven

    Sean I got my Boxwave gel in the mail already and it is awesome. It has a full color cardboard insert of what the the HD2 will look like in the case. I have put it next to the Mytouch and iphone and it dominates both of them in size but feels perfect in your hand. Got mine in 3 days with standard shipping.

  • Barbara

    Does anyone knows if you will be able to use active sync on a laptop that has Windows 7?

    • coloradogray

      Windows 7 and vista don’t use active sync. They use a program called windows mobile device center for those purposes. But to answer the larger question, you will be able to sync the phone to outlook on your PC just like any other windows phone.

    • chaoscentral

      Activesync is XP or lower ONLY. You need Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1, that works on Vista and 7, and is essentially the same thing with a much nicer interface.


  • Phalosopher

    The tmo store in my city(greensboro nc) has it, got to play with it yesterday and im DEFINITELY going back to play with it some more today after work since i only got 10 mins in with it yesterday before having to go to my frat meeting. the rep had to basically take the phone out of my hand.. I ordered a 19 piece kit off of ebay for his bad boy.. got it yesterday.. just waitin for the phone!

  • randall

    I need a time machine, is it the 24h yet

  • DK Brothers

    The torture! Why make me wait?!? For the love of Mike!!! Why make me wait?!?!

  • Phalosopher

    Just called the tmo store(greensboro nc) just to see if they had any additional information since yesterday(pricing/release date), they still dont have any updates but i got the “sure that’ll be cool” when i mentioned me stoppin by after work to play with it some more! :-)

  • Barbara

    @coloradogray… Thank you. I’ve been of the windows phone arena (owned the original dash when it first was dropped) for a while currently and previously have blackberries. I upgraded to the BB9700 a month ago but I’m thinking of selling it to get this bad boy. Wow, such a beast of a phone.

  • Straptin958

    Now that is a proper Unboxing. Last one was trash. This confirms the gel skin. How good is the quality of it?

  • Tig

    Holy Hell! I want this now. Why do I have to wait sooo long!?

    To all those people who are boohooing about this not running Windows Phone 7 – eat it. It’s awesome as is. It’s not outdated in any way. There is a TMO store about 5 minutes from my work. Guess where I will be first thing in the morning on the 24th?!

  • Ozz

    This phone is a work of art! I cant wait to get it expecialy since it is I believe a 3.5g phone so it should be able to take tmos new 21mbps speeds!!!!

  • Ozz

    Wait but does anyone know if it will have flash support? I had seen a video where it was running flash content but dont know if it will support it out of the box.

    • chaoscentral

      Out of the box it won’t, word on the street is Adobe stopped development for Windows Mobile 6.5, but in the same day they said the HD2 would be the first WinMo device to support it… So idk about Flash 10.1 support, but there is Flash lite 3.1 for WinMo, and as always the wonderful Skyfire is a free web browser with full flash and silverlight support.

      • Ozz

        Thanks sounds good!!

    • enjoijams

      It has flash lite. But if you download Skyfire app off http://www.skyfire.com
      It’s a full featured flash browser. It even ran great on the Dash.

  • so ive read some stuff online but really just want one question answered can this sync with gmail like android and willit import all my gmail contacts… (comming from android)

  • Phalosopher

    when i played with it yesterday at the store.. the IE Browser was QUICK! it was just a simple tap of the screen on the browser icon and it loaded smooth with no lag.. the Transformer 2 movie played nice as well.. i restrarted the movie when the rep handed me the phone just to see it load up the movie.. its definitely a beast.. i know that i will NOT let anyone handle my phone once i get this golden nugget..

  • Barbara

    @Ozz.. It reallys is a work of art. Simply Beautiful!

  • leslie

    If this phone had KINDLE like the itouch i would so get it in a quickness.

    • Mockerfab4

      It will have Barnes & Nobles reader which should hopefully be comparable…I love my Kindle for iPhone too!

  • Ozz

    I cant stop looking at these pictures this peace of hardware is just stunning I cant wait to have it my hands so I could say what everyone else says when they have it “””” WOW “””””!!!!! For some reason almost every review thats what they say! I want that! I want to say that too!!!

  • Jeremiah

    I CAN NOT wait for this thing to come out!! And I’m due for an upgrade!!!

  • Miguel

    Definitely loving the colors and form factor. However, I still prefer Android and the entire interface over WM, even if it’s running Sense.

  • gargoyle999

    check out this, many detailed specs. Shows it has UMA which I’ve seen several people ask about but no real confirmation that it does have it.


    • Cybersedan

      I haven’t seen or heard anywhere about this phone having UMA not even in rumors, if that is true… OMFG, it would be goodbye to my N1, give that to the wife so and get this for me, so I can have good indoor coverage.

    • waiting4hd2

      According to the link, this htc has only 448 RAM??? I thought US spec model had 1GB ROM and 576 MB RAM..

      • waiting4hd2

        And HTC link even says that it has FM radio whereas the letstalk link denies it.confused???

        • Alex

          I wouldn’t look at the LetsTalk website since they tend to get specs confused often.

        • ndy500fan

          Ya, they didn’t even get the dimensions right. Take that page with a grain of salt.

    • BurritoButt

      Gargoyle- Yeah, I don’t know if I’m going to trust the specs on that site. They list the thickness of the phone at .7 inches. I KNOW it’s not that thick….

      • gargoyle999

        I think you’re right. Many things seem different. Sorry for bringing it up!

    • DotNetCoderAZ

      LetsTalk has a lot of wrong information on there… However, I have heard a few TMO reps saying that UMA will be available.

  • Justin

    Can you make wi-fi calls with this phone? Currently my signal drops to almost nothing inside my house, but I have a great wi-fi connection.

  • Bdar

    I can’t put into words how painful it is to try to view these images on my Pantech Duo. I’m ready for this phone now!

  • Double U Dee

    I have to say, i’m really excited for this phone. I’ve never really been impatient for a phone to come out except when I was younger and the Sidekick 2 came out. I honestly thought that phone was the coolest ever at the time! Non of the T-Mo stores in our area have demo models (northen San Diego). They did say they start training on them on Friday and are pretty much going by the unoffical 24th date that is circulating. The rep also mentioned that even with hardly any advertising, they’ve gotten a TON of calls about this phone. I guess more people know about it than I thought. Oh well, i’ll be there on the 24th!

    • Joe Pa

      I’m in San Diego too. I’ve been calling every other day just to see if they have any updates….Oh well, the end is almost in sight.

  • captainbdsc

    So, Unboxed T-Mo Style is not that good of pictures and you have to go back on your browser scroll down then click again to see the next one? HAHAHA

    But this phone looks amazing!

  • stranger
    • Oce

      ARGHHH! Video has been removed! Anybody get a chance to d/l it before it was removed? I only got to watch part of it! AGRGGHHHH!!!!!!

  • Mr. Multimedia

    Get all the multimedia apps you want for the HD2 here http://www.mobileunderground.info/showthread.php?t=704&page=1 …. Check out the new HD2 TCPMP player wide screen version in post #3.

    Home of the multimedia super ROM, this is where it all started, you can also get the new Saturn Liberty 5 channels movie/TV app in post #3, works on just about all Windows mobile PPC.

  • Lebron1189

    I believe they will sell these phones earlier because we are jus getting too much information so early on nd in 2 weeks the buzz will have died down. I think the phone will come sooner than we think

  • Joe Pa

    I’m still hoping for the 17th.

    • beej

      Me too! At least for existing customers–what a change that would be from the N1 launch, huh??

  • Bobby

    OMG! I got to play with one today! My local mall in Houston had it in the back and when i asked about it they brought it from under the counter and said find out for yourslef!! Bigger then the iphone but just as skinney!! SUPER FAST

  • vic

    So many pics of greatness. I can not wiat any longer i must have this phone asap. This was a great unboxing now lets see some video PLEASE of this bad boy. We all want to see this on video so PLEASE PLEASE do it.

  • phalosopher

    @ bobby: yea its thin like the iphone indeed!

    • Reoce Jacobs

      phalasopher I,m still waitin for those vids you took! ;)

  • OSUBeavs

    Its the 23rd!!! T-mobile just sent text messages!

    • Joe Pa

      Go Ducks.

  • mira

    The last picture on the 2nd page looks like a White color HD2?

    • JD

      Yeah, maybe a silver, but definitely not black. I hope there are multiple color options!

  • skyhigh

    Being from Europe, I was mad when I learned I have to wait an extra 4 months for this phone on top of the 1 year or so since I first saw it on gsmarena.com. Anyway, does anybody know if the retail version ($449.99) is unlocked, can be used on any network, even outside US and not T-Mobile branded?(hate it when providers brand the phones, european thing)

  • Craiger_B

    Where’s my text?! I am SO taking off the day this comes out, but I’ve been holding out on making my request at work until T-Mo releases it officially.

    • Joe Pa

      lol…same here

  • Lee

    This is the best looking phone I’ve seen so far!! I’m getting one on launch day for sure!! Anyone else from Indy getting one?

    • ndy500fan

      I’ve been waiting since October. Will probably go the Westfield store when it comes out.

  • WXman

    F*** Sprint.

  • bigc17

    Man, this phone looks great, and I thought what I knew and saw about this phone was impressive before. After seeing this multimedia powerhouse and what T-Mobile did to make this phone the best one so far, I know this is gonna be a good birthday present. The reason I really know this is the the phone I’m gonna get is because the T-Mobile press conference for is on my b day. Anybody notice that the back looks more like a greyish/silver metallic more than the black looking one on the hd2 European version.

  • T

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I cant wait to get my hands on this device!

    • Ernest

      That’s what she said! :)

    • MoJo..HD@

      I love this phone and trust me, I’m getting one…but TMONEWS these pics are garbage…I don’t know if you guys are trying to make it a mystery or somethin by posting up blury pics…but all you guys did was increase my ENVY, but also give me a little doubt on what the video/movie part on this phone is going to look like (even though I know its going to look great because I have seen videos of the EURO ver.) If this was the first pics I have ever seen this phone I wouldn’t be to Excited …but its not,(I am not bashing this phone at all…I love it more then N1..im not an android or Iphone fan…IM WM all the way..) but TMONEWS you didn’t do anything for me with these pics..(someone please comeout with a VIDEO unbox…)

      • David, Managing Editor

        So let me reiterate the point I try and drive home every single time we post something. WE DO NOT TAKE THESE PICS so don’t blame me if they don’t meet your unusually high standards of photography!

      • Joe Pa

        Whoa dude. The chill pills are in the cabinet.

      • steven

        If you didn’t take the pictures, please change the title to reflect it. When you say stuff like “HD2 gets unoboxed, TMONEWS style”, you imply that you actually did the unboxing. In reality, however, these are just pictures that someone else gave you that you branded with Tmonews logo.

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        Well MoJo I downloaded in HD quality the 10 minute 74 MB unboxing video that is no longer on YouTube. But I am not going to post it for you because I am concerned it won’t meet your standards. So you will have to wait until it shows up somewhere else. :)

      • Davidohio

        Seriously Mojo??? Are you really going to be THAT nit picky?? They are not that bad at all. Hats off to TMONEWS and as for you Mojo….get a life.

      • Mockerfab4

        TmoNews keep doing what you’re doing. We’re lucky to have a site to go to see ANY images at all. Kudos to you and your team for the job you do. Mojo’s comments don’t reflect what i’m sure is the majority people who visit this site daily! :)

      • poochilau

        @David, Managing Editor
        Go seek a counselour…

        • David, Managing Editor

          And why exactly should I seek counseling?? Sigh, I love comments!

      • Mojo

        “If you didn’t take the pictures, please change the title to reflect it. When you say stuff like “HD2 gets unoboxed, TMONEWS style”, you imply that you actually did the unboxing. In reality, however, these are just pictures that someone else gave you that you branded with Tmonews logo.

        @David, ME…I was not trying to offend TMONEWS at all…I love this site trust…but im glad steven posted the above statement…Im srry for accusing you guys of these good, but not great pics…and yeah sometimes my graphic design and photography background does make me get picky on pics…..WHEN I SEEN THE TITLE I REALLY Thought we were going to get the best pics ever…because i thought you guys did the unboxing…( i figure if everyone else stuff is good…TMONEWS stuff would be great!!!!!!)..see what I mean….People chill im not bashing…I just love the HD2 and its going to be prefect for what I do..once more DAVID SRRY>>>>>> just want to see everything on this phone at the best quality…

  • lp894

    im drooling right now, I can’t flippin WAIT to get this sucker lol

    • Ernest

      That’s what she said! :)

  • Ozz

    Thats rediculouse the screan is about the whole size of the iphone but yet the phone is slightly thinner thats freakin amazing!! Who needs the Ipad when you have the HD2 baby!!! I think I have finaly found what Ive been dreaming for!! Cant wait to put the 3gs back in its box and the HD2 out of its!!!!

  • Ernest


  • T

    Do a video review!

  • William

    Oh that’s just frickin’ GORGEOUS <3



  • DavidB

    See ’em while you can in local stores, folks. Just got a call from my local store. T-Mo corporate sent out a directive that NO stores are to display ANYTHING about the HD2 – including posters, banners, accessories, no NOTHING – until the launch date of March 24 at store open. Managers are encouraged to get to the stores early to put up POS advertising prior to open.

    They (probably) want this to be a huge product day-of-launch drop blitz, but they don’t want lines outside stores, so the fewer people that know about it, the more likely those who are dying for it can get it that day.

    • DavidB

      O, and I just called MobiTV, and confirmed that their service does NOT work over EDGE, so unless you are lucky enough to have T-Mo’s 3G available in your area, forget about the MobiTV app/service.

      I’ll bet Blockbuster over EDGE will be REAL fun as well!

      D*&N! Really wanted that TV app…something tells me T-Mo will always limit the high-speed stuff to major markets.

      • andrew

        or use wifi

      • Mockerfab4

        Can you use MobiTV over WiFi? Do you have to a have a 3G connection to use it?

      • DavidB

        I would assume so. I didn’t ask and the tech I spoke to at Mobi didn’t volunteer.

    • Joe Pa

      It just makes very little sense to me that the advertising starts on the day of the launch. Why? And seriously…they don’t want lines outside the stores? That makes no sense. That is like McDonalds saying they don’t want people in their drive thrus…

      • Davidohio

        No, it makes sence. I worked for T-mobile at a retail store for 5 years and they did things like that. We were not even allowed to have the dummy phones out on the sales floor. I know it is stupid and I don’t know why they do this but I think it has to do with legal/contractual agreements or something. I don’t see what the big deal is but they are funny like that.

  • Dave

    I was at Best Buy today and spoke to a salesman who said that the phone is going to go on sale on the 24th but that they may have a small amount in stock for that date. A rep had brought one to the salespeople in the last day or so to show them how to work the phone. She was very impressed. They didn’t give her a price though.

    • Joe Pa

      Best Buy will probably charge $900 for it. How they are still in business is beyond me.

      • Davidohio

        I know! Best Buy is charging $299.99 for the Sony Ericsson Equinox without contract and you can buy it online or at the T-mobile store for $159 without contract. I don’t know where they get off, or how that is a “best buy”.

  • abel

    Official word from HTC that there will be no WP7S compatibility with the TMO HD2.. Now that is just SAD. Really would it have been THAT hard to just put the right labels on the buttons and otherwise comply with the design requirements for them? I’m sure there must be little to no other incompatible areas.
    I don’t care so much about the UI, but not having the Silverlight 4, XNA 4, and Zune/Xbox compatibility apps & support is a bit of a limitation. Also no FLASH without WM7S according to Adobe. I wonder about the browser capability and upgrade options differences will be between WM 6.x and WM7S besides those plug in issues (HTML5, etc.).

    • john

      I will get one, it will be rom’d shortly there after…i have insurance for a reason.

  • DarkCloud

    i just went to my locate tmo store and one of the managers left me play with an HD2 for about 30mins that thing is freaking big man but i dont care i have to have one man or els lol. its soooooooooooOOOOo FAST MAN and texting on it is Amazingly easy and i get no mistakes thats my baby and i would ceaht on my wife for one lol and im so serious lol.

    • Chad

      You are a sad, sad man and I have pity for your wife and your life.

      • Wilma Flintstone

        That seriously is low down. No device can ever replace a human in my book. Have fun having HD2uman children. Only thing I’m wondering is, who’d be the man of the house?

    • Davidohio

      I hope your wife divorces you, and gets your HD2 in the divorce. You are just wrong. You actually love a phone more than your wife. That’s just sad.

      • john

        easy trolls, he’s just excited about an amazing phone. however, has anyone else noticed that in the comparison side by side that the HD2 looks as if it’s ready to super-punch the iphone.

        i submit the following for comedic reference/evidence


      • Chad

        No troll here, I know he said that for shock value, I just wanted him to know how it wasn’t cool or hip, and downright stupid. A junior-high level response about a piece of electronics from a full grown, married man is not funny or full of wit.

    • Fred

      Real Talk I know how you feel man. I would cheat on my wife and then sell our kids for this bad boy. lmao

  • chrisrj28

    Im wondering about the quality of the Transformers movies, I have a blu-ray rip that plays crystal clear on my TP2 so I wonder if these are DVD or HD quality? Can’t wait to Demo one

  • chrisrj28


    It’s not just the buttons on the front, the HD2 is missing a driver necessary as well. I believe that came from a HTC employee tweet for people thinking the buttons are the only holdup.

    • john

      lame…how many of us can install a driver on a pc?

  • Luis Angel

    Check this out: http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/phones/Cell-Phone-Detail.aspx?cell-phone=HTC-HD2

    Scroll to the bottom of the page for Price Confirmation.

    †On approved credit. $112.50 down payment, plus 3 monthly payments of $112.50, required. 0% APR. Taxes & fees additional. Available only at T-Mobile-owned retail stores; see store for details.

    ††On approved credit. $22.50 down payment, plus 19 monthly payments of $22.50, required. 0% APR. Taxes & fees additional. Available only at T-Mobile-owned retail stores; see store for details.

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  • zack

    Is the Europe version of this phone the same excluding the memory card? And also will the barnes and noble and mobi tv apps be avsailible for download on the European version?

    • Johnny

      i read that the US version is actually better than the European version for once lol its suppose to have more internal memory or something like that…

      with that said, i cant wait for this sucker to come out!!

  • androido

    Why would anyone go from Android to HD2? Just curious….

    • David

      I went from Winmo to Android and now I’m going back to Winmo. Nothing beats Winmo for syncing with Exchange. I tried using Touchdown with my Nexus One but like most non Winmo devices it doesn’t support calendar categories which is a major part of my information management system. After all these years Blackberry STILL does not support categories for calendar items. It supports them for everything else why not calendar?

      Plus I will be able to use Audible again. Last I checked about a week ago there wasn’t an Android Audible app.

    • Androido:… Have you seen the Phone?? Are you blind or stupid?? Seriously..HD2 it’s a freaking awesome phone dude!! Most people (like me) only use the phone for you tube, facebook, web search, etc…So what a better way to do that on a Beautiful, Big Screen?? Who cares about WM7 I will enjoy this phone every single day and show it to every one!!! Can’t freaking wait!!!!!!!!

    • enjoijams


      Why would anyone go from having common sense to taking your comment seriously? Just curious…

    • Bobomo

      3 reasons: Hardware, hardware and hardware. This is simply, far and away, the best hardware available in the high-end touchscreen phone market. I’ve looked at the HD2 a lot over the last many months, and I just can’t look at any other phone – Android or otherwise – and not think “TOO MUCH BEZEL! NEED MORE SCREEN!” The only thing that comes close is the Nexus One, but even that has a smaller screen than the HD2.

      Besides the people that actually use and enjoy WinMo, there are a lot of other T-Mobile customers who want/need a high end smartphone and there just isn’t that much available right now. Nexus 1 is great, but Google and T-Mo left a whole lot of people in the dark with their pricing structure. Go search the upcoming phones thread in the forums – it’s pretty baron for people who want something more than the mid-level CLIQ or myTouch. That leaves just the HD2.

      Even though I’ve been waiting 2 years to get my hands on an Android handset, I’m going to have to seriously consider the HD2 because there just isn’t anything else like it in the pipeline for T-Mobile.

      • Davidohio

        You can always buy the sony ericsson Xperia X10 android powerhouse. It has android 2.1 and a snapdragon processor and a huge screen. It also has the T-mobile 3G band. Just a thought. Google it. It is really nice and about the same size as the HD2.

      • Mockerfab4

        My 3 reasons for me are software, software, software. Android was by far the worst OS I’ve ever used. not biz friendly at all. crashed ALL the time. lack of support from google and tmo. just a horrible experience. I’ve used wm in the past and while it’s not the best, it’s by far better then my android experience. plus the hardware and features on this thing looks sweet. SO HD2, here i come!

      • Bobomo

        @Davidohio – T-Mo bands don’t necessarily mean a T-Mo release – could be for international release. I’ve heard AT&T is getting it, but who really knows? Also, it’s launching with 1.6 (with a promised upgrade) and the timescape/mediascape/whatever looks like total garbage to me. I’m definitely interested (it’s real purrrdy), but there are still loads of question marks with that phone. Also keeping an eye on the MOTOROI or Sholes tablet, or whatever it might be. However, compared to the HD2, there is virtually no buzz for either of those phones – which leads me to believe they are far off.

    • Davidohio

      Well you see, some people like Android and some people like Windows Mobile. Its really that simple. Both are good operating systems and provide solutions for peoples different needs.

  • gargoyle999

    Engadget “reconfirming” what we already know. March 24th, $200/450 and no WP7.


  • PhocalPoint

    The HTC HD2 will most likely not receive an official update but, like windows mobile devices in the past unofficial ROMs may allow for a Windows 7 ROM. ROM leaks usually HTC side, so once HTC gets a firm ROM for their upcoming Diamond 3, a ROM leak may occur. Drivers should not be a problem, Windows CE is used as the base for both 6.5, and 6.6.

  • NoZMaN

    Does anyone know that if tmobile is ganna have pre order for this htc hd2

    • Blacksheep427

      Given all the secrecy at TMO, I’d say no.

  • Timothy

    will the HD2 include a screen protector? im gonna need one to cover that hugh jazz screen.

    • DavidB

      Why? It’s GLASS! Are you planning on putting it in frequent contact with diamonds? I had my G1 since Oct. ’08, put it in my pocket with keys, tossed it anywhere, NEVER applied a protector and when I sold it last week the screen was PERFECT.

      Be sure and get one a them antenna boosters for the inside of the phone too.

      • gargoyle999

        Antenna booster…that’s funny!

      • Bobomo

        I’m going to buy a Jupiter Jack so I can talk on the phone in my car!!

  • Joe


  • Bdar

    I got to play with one at the T-Mobile store a few minutes ago! It was just as good as all the videos led me to believe! I really like the included silicone (gel) cover that comes with it, it’s got a cool design. Barnes and Noble App was non-functional though, it said it needed to download an update, but I guess that was expected.

    Can’t wait!

  • Oce

    Did anybody get a chance to d/l the letstalk video review before they pulled it? I only got to watch part of it. =(

    • gargoyle999

      I did!

      • Oce

        FOR GOD’S SAKE MAN SHARE IT ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Thanks. =)

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Why was the Letstalk unboxing video pulled? Says it was done by the owner, so it was not a violation.

      Luckily I downloaded it, in HD format. It’s 75MB. And it’s GREAT.

      • Matthew

        I noticed that too. I was only able to watch a second video they posted, unfortunately.

  • ahh

    Just talked to one of the tmo sale representative and he told me of a March 27 release so I’m thinking it should be the 24th because tmo representatives really don’t know as much as people in this website do.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    I’m now thinking of buying this thing unlocked and saving my upgrade for the Dell Mini 5. Does anybody know if the Dell Mini 5 is coming to Tmobile? And if so, how much it will cost and when is the release date? I haven’t been keeping up with it since I’ve been eyeing the HD2.

  • Ronald

    Just called my local T-Mobile store, they got the demo version in today, but it’s not set-up yet! Can’t wait to get my hands on one of them!!!

  • Blacksheep427

    Great. Some more evidence why I must get the HD2! Thanks :P

  • lebron1189

    Hey I was jus thinking of the screen is like glass what happens if u drop it one time lol not good. But the screen is Glass correct??

    • DavidB

      All touchscreens are glass TTBOMK.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      This is what happens when you drop it:
      *Hint* “Absolutely Nothing”

      Not true, All CAPACITIVE touchscreens are glass, not Resistive though.

      • Lebron1189

        @ Wilma Flinston thanks For breaking it down nicer for me. Nd for correcting that douche

  • Bobert

    LOL and a few months after its release it will be obsolete.
    LOL wont upgrade to win 7?
    What a joke.

    • Davidohio

      Bobert…honestly 97% of the people that will buy the HD2 won’t really care about the OS. It will do what they want it to do and that is all they will care about. Besides, we get an upgrade every 12 months on smartphones now so…let’s see….win7 is scheduled to be released in 8 months and it may take another 4 months before all the bugs are worked out so that is 12 months…time for another upgrade to a hot new HTC device with win7. Wow. Idiot.

      • Bobert

        Boo hoo hoo

    • Wilma Flintstone

      Could you explain what actually looked good about WP7? I honestly wasn’t impressed by it. I will be using SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 on my HD2. Maybe you should look it up on youtube and be amazed. Better yet, here’s the link to the ROM I’ll be using on my HD2:

      SPB Mobile Shell 3.5.3

      Thanks and Good Night fellow sir

  • Jonathan:Brazil

    i am lucky enough to live in an area where T-Mobile offers 3G and it’s very good here. i am looking forward to the MobiTV app as well as other features of this amazing device. lol =]

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    The unboxing video is up through letstalkdotcom channel on YouTube.


  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    I watched the “repost” on Letstalkdotcom’s YouTube Channel, the one on the Channel is different than the one he first had up and took down.

    It’s the same for about the first two minutes, then he goes over the subjects in a different way. For example, in the second video he talks about how multi-touch is the best he has ever seen in a device. He did not say that in the first video.

    It’s good to have both because he goes over different things.

    I captured the second video in case it does not go on to YouTube’s main section. I will upload it to my server for you all.

    It’s not the best quality, but it’s that or nothing. Take your pick, you can criticize like Mojo did with David above or enjoy this since otherwise you will have to do without.

  • NoZMaN

    Does anyone know if there is ganna be pre order for the htc hd2

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    The files are too big for my server, Comcast throttles customers like me.

    If there’s any interest in these let me know and I will reduce the file size on both and post. If no interest then I can go hang out at BGR since that is where I am supposed to be tonight.

    And TMONews, great post. I enjoyed the pics immensely.

    Update: While most of you lucked out when going to the stores, as I said before I went to the Market St. store here in San Francisco. No HD2 :(

    • Oce

      How bout uploading them to rapidshare or megaupload?

  • Michael

    When using instant messenger those it pop out or is it going to be like the iphone that you need to click the app in order to view the messages.

  • Are you planning to produce the video/visual based unboxing of this little gem from HTC ?

  • steve

    If you’re looking for a vid on the Ebook reader here you go!


    cant wait to get this phone

  • HWM

    Does anyone know for sure if this US model will actually have an FM Radio?
    I have read in a few websites that it won’t…

  • Matthew

    The March 24th release date has been confirmed by letstalk.com

  • death1246

    This phone will not get OEM windows phone 7 OS

    but it will get it thanks to developers from XDA porting it from another phone with the same qulity even though other phones might not have a 4.3″ screen.

    Got to love Developer :)

    but still HTC Sense is the best so f**k windows phone 7

  • John

    I really want this phone. I currently use the G1 data plan. If I get this on a upgrade, can I keep the current data plan or will I be able to use the web2go? Or is there any kind of data required to have when purchasing this?

    • death1246

      Yes just when you upgrade you will have to set the new data plan all you have to do is call t-mobile and tell them to set your account with your grandfather plan and they will reduce the price.

      They did it for me they will for you

      • DavidB

        Exactly right. In fact, when I sold my G1 last week, I called T-Mo and they switched my Android data plan to the Smartphone plan (which is what the WM devices require), grandfathered @ 24.95/mo. So I’m GTG as soon as I put in my SIM card!

      • enr08

        DavidB and death1246…….what do you mean when you say the “grandfather plan”. Just curious to know what that is exactly.

      • DavidB

        Once you are on a plan and stay on that plan for an extended period of time, even if that plan changes or is even discontinued, T-Mo won’t force you to change plans as long as you maintain continuous service. In my case, when the G1 was released, you were required to carry the G1 data plan for 24.95. Even though the G1 plan no longer exists (it’s now simply the “Android” data plan), I still get the newer plans at the old rate. And if I am happy with my existing plan and maintain service, I’ll never pay any more for it. That’s “grandfathering”.

  • Jose

    i just went to my local tmo store and dey let me play with it because i was the first to ask….OMG phone is sick soooo fast and typing is soooo easy. it comes out the 24th just like tmonews said cant wait to get it. like i said before bye bye iphone hello HD2 :-)

  • Lebron1189

    Is that $24.95 a month with unlimited Text nd Web????

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      You absolutely cannot base your rate with how much someone else is paying.

      This is because others are on rate plans that applied at the time they signed up and what promotion T-Mo was running at the time.

      For example, way back I had the $10 unlimited data plan. But with a new phone I had to give that up, needed the BlackBerry data plan that was more expensive.

      I am now on a $20.00 data with $5 for 400 text messages, end result $25. But T-Mobile does not have that $5 / 400 text plan any longer, so if someone called to order that, T-Mobile would say no can do since the promo is long gone.

      There are lots of people who have $25 plans that includes unlimited texting. But those plans are gone too.

      I think T-Mo’s current offer is $35 for unlimited data and texting.

      • lebron1189

        Yea your right because right now im still on the sidekick plan which is unlimited $19.99 but yea itll probably the extra $35 all together. Isnt Windows mobile data different than the android data plan?? pricewise

  • DM

    For those who went into a T-Mo store were you able to reserve your HD2?

    • Jose

      No i was not able to he just told me to come back the 24th call your local t-mobile stores and ask them if the store is a high volume store if they say yes most likely they will carry alot of HD2.

  • deeone

    does anyone notice that the tmobile version has both red and green colors on the call and call end buttons unlike the foreign version which is plain.

  • enr08

    DavidB and death1246…….what do you mean when you say the “grandfather plan”. Just curious to know what that is exactly.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      “Grandfathering” refers to “grandfather clause” which is an exception that allows someone to continue doing whatever despite a new rule or law that prohibits the conduct or activity.

      With carriers like T-Mobile, when they discontinue a promotion or come up with new plans, customers on old plans can continue to use whatever plan they are on. (I know some people who are still using their T-Mobile $10 unlimited data plan, that includes e-mail, a plan from 2005!) The person enjoying the old plan is said to be “grandfathered in” or using a “grandfathered plan.”

      All this said, while the U. S. Constitution addresses grandfathering and ex post facto laws, T-Mobile customers do not enjoy any such rights.

      1. T-Mobile does not use the term “grandfather.”

      2. T-Mobile can do anything it wants. Users do not have a contractual right to grandfathered plans, it’s only that T-Mo does not change plans and then impose those on existing customers. In other words, T-Mobile can contact my friends with $10 data plans and say it’s over and their new rate is $35 a month. My friends can’t say “But I have a grandfathered plan.” T-Mo will respond “There’s no such thing.”

      3. A benefit of having a two year contract with T-Mo is that does guarantee you the plan you signed up for.

      In contrast Even More + customers are month to month and T-Mobile can raise their rates with 30 days notice.


  • Mike

    So I’m currently using a My Touch, when I get the HTC HD2 will I need to do anything with my data plan? Or can I just put my sim card in and be good to go? I currently have the Android Unlimited Web and Unilmited messages….I’m guessing I need to change something when I buy the HD2 on the 24th? Is this right?

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      I have switched phone platforms many times, here is how it works.

      1. You can insert the SIM into any phone and the phone will work… as a phone. You can make and receive calls.

      2. When I have inserted my old SIM into various phones (WinMo, BlackBerry, Android) the net connection also worked, regardless of platform. And I got 3G on all the devices. So that tells me that the data speed / SIM relationship are not related.

      3. Where one has to call T-Mobile and switch data packages is to start BlackBerry service. I have had to call and ask my package to be switched from WinMo to BlackBerry data.

      4. The data package for the HD2 will be “Windows Mobile” or whatever they call it. The other T-Mo data plans are the Google/Android and BlackBerry.

      I assume you will need to call T-Mobile and tell them to switch you to the Windows package. However, I have only now been paying attention to this.

      I am not sure that other than for BlackBerry if one needs to call T-Mobile. I don’t know what is done on T-Mobile’s end that makes the phones operate different when switching from Google/Android to Windows. Seems to me that a data connection is a data connection.

      Maybe the idea is that when switched this enables T-Mo to send update messages to the phone?

      I will experiment with this on March 24. I will insert my BlackBerry SIM, so to speak, into the HD2 and see how it all works. If it’s fine I won’t call T-Mobile, just to see what happens.

      • Joe Pa

        Thanks Michael. I was wondering this as well…..good info.

    • ahh

      you should be good to go because its unlimited everything its not just specifically for android its for all phones.

  • shawn1224

    This phone is absolutely gorgeous. I wish I could get it but I’ve reached my max on new devices this year.

  • scott

    well, guess I won’t be getting one. refuse to get a Win Mo phone, and now that we know there will be no Win 7, even more so.

  • John

    Can both Transformers movies be deleted of the micro sd card if indeed that is where they are stored? I’m sure that will free up alot more room on the phone/sdcard. Also no one has mentioned this, when a app is downloaded, will that go to the sd card or the phone itself? Anyone know????

    • Kevin

      John, from the information that I currently have available to me, I can say that they are protected as to not be moved (for legal purposes of course). That being said, I have not had the opportunity, nor have tried to actually delete them. If you would like to delete them, you can of course do a reformat using your computer, but the preloaded apps do come on the sd card an will not work if deleted. In a couple weeks we will know if the apps can be moved from the card to the phone or just simply copied to your computer so that they can be moved back after the format.

      In terms of apps from the market, you have the option of installing to your phone storage or storage card as you would on any current windows mobile phone.

  • jtc24

    with the movie and some other apps on the phone, you will have between 10-12 gb of storage on the memory card. you can delete the movies and im almost certain apps will be stored on the memory card.


    Hey guys, I emailed Media Relations at TMobile. They said, “Confirmation of the HD2 retail launch date will be avaialable early next week.” I know its not ground breaking but it gives us something to look forward to. No more rumors or hearsay about when the HD2 will be released.

  • Bill Berry

    The answer is yes and then reformat the card. It’s no different than the storage cards that were on the MyTouch3Gs.

  • Awatt

    You can format the card, but you’ll loose some applications too. It’s approx 12 Gig left on the card when you get the device.

  • Carlos

    So I did a comparison with the homescreen of the HD2 and the demo’s for Wp7s. The hd2 sense makes the current wp7s screen look outdated to me. The homescreen of the HD2 is beautiful while the wp7s looks boring with all the smurf colored tiles. I am getting the HD2 first day it comes out. I will be outside waiting for the doors to open like the old Mervyns commercials….OPEN, OPEN, OPEN!! (remember those)? Anyways, I can wait for a new hot phone with WPS7 if I end up liking it. I can wait for them to work out all the bugs first until I stop using my HD2. I am so in love with this phone. I got to play with it at my local Tmo store and didn’t want to give it back. This is by far the best phone T-Mobile has and has ever had!! That’s my opinion so those of you who disagree, that’s perfectly fine. Just don’t kill me verbally for throwing my opinion in here. I have had the G1 since it first came out and I loved it. Very good and dependable but the HD2 I think I will LOVE more!

  • myg1

    you can actually delete the 2 transformers..originally thought it was drm protected but u can move to ur computer and save it..and since its a windows mobile phone all apps are saved on memory card instead..this phone is reallie nice and battery life lasts a long long time

  • my question is y is dis phone cheaper than the touch pro 2. dont make since