Sprint Beefs Up Smartphone Lineup With HTC Hero: $180 On Contract
Sprint, home of "The Now Network," has just announced that it will be picking up the smartphone starting on October 11th, and it's not just the radio that'll be changing. The CDMA Hero will also boast a slightly refined look, one that dose away with the so-called "chin" and goes flat like the myTouch 3G. If you're keeping tabs, this marks Sprint's first-ever Android phone, and considering that it's the only carrier in America to carry the world's first webOS phone, we'd say that Sprint's phone lineup just keeps getting more and more attractive.
The device will support the network's EV-DO Rev. A system for speedy 3G downloads, and of course it'll handle all those great Google services (Google Maps, Gmail, Google Search, etc.) that Android devices are known for. What's most surprising is the asking price. With the Pre sitting at $199 on contract, Sprint is undercutting itself in the high-end smartphone realm by asking just $179.99 (after a $100 mail-in rebate) with a two-year agreement. And just think--people were calling for the downfall of Sprint just a year or so ago. Now, it's just an iPhone away from having America's most compelling smartphone lineup.