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The other day we reported the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 was going for $149.99 over at WM Deals. We are now seeing the HTC phone being offered over at Amazon for the same low price. It does require new service, though you can get it for $549 without a contract. As an added bonus, Amazon will throw in free two-day shipping when you buy the phone with a service plan.

Thanks goes out to M. Hagen for using our tip line to alert us on this deal.

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Hands-on in the wild: T-Mobile Touch Pro 2

 

The T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 has been on the shelves for a few days now and while I'm not sure of how the supply chains are in other cities, in the Birmingham, Ala., area T-Mobile stores inventory of the new phone is somewhat limited. It took three stores to find the Touch Pro 2 on display.

We hope to get our hands on a Touch Pro 2 soon and offer a more thorough review on this Windows Mobile phone. For now, follow the break to read our first impressions of the Touch Pro 2.

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Today's the day, folks. It's finally here. The first Touch Pro 2 has been released on a U.S. carrier (it's in stores, and you can find it online), and the fine folks at T-Mobile have the honors. Of course, T-Mo also has the dubious distinction of having a TP2 without a 3.5mm headphone jack, and we now know that the official price is $349 after a two-year contract. But them's the breaks.

Reviews are in from the usual suspects (Nokia Experts and ZDNet regular Matt Miller; Engadget; Gizmodo). But we're gonna be in the trenches with you folks today to see what the fuss is all about. And we're going to do it together. So as you pick up a T-Mo Touch Pro 2 today and in the coming days, send pics of your plunder to phil.nickinson at wmexperts dot com, and we'll post up them for all to see.

See ya in the store!

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We'll make you a deal: This will be our last post on the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 and its on-contract price before the thing actually launches tomorrow. In exchange, you'll bear with us as we again scratch our heads at another leaked pricing strategy. This one, again courtesy of TmoNews, has the TP2 at $279 with a two-year contract, and $329 with a one-year deal.

So, we'll find out for real in a few hours. That work for you guys?

Update: Nope, it's $349. Sorry, folks.

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With the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 set for release on Wednesday, pricing was still a bit up in the air. But TmoNews has tracked down some confirmation, and it's as we feared — this is gonna be pricey.

A two-year contract will get you the Touch Pro 2 for $349.99. A one-year contract takes it to $399, and the TP2 will sell at retail for $549. But as we've said before, you need to factor in the price of the voice and data plans when figuring the overall cost.

That said, it sounds like a good many of you are willing to drop that much, if not more, for one of the most anticipated phones so far this year. What say you?

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T-Mobile reports Q2 earnings

T-Mobile released its second-quarter report today. The bullet points:

  • Added 325,000 new customers, down from 415,000 in Q1 and nearly half as many as in Q2 2008.
  • Churn was 2.2 percent, down from 2.3 percent in Q1 2009 but 1.9 percent higher than Q2 2008.
  • $1.60 billion in income, up from $1.38 billion in Q1 2009 and $1.58 billion in Q2 2008. The increase is from reduced operating costs.
  • Total revenue was $5.34 billion in the second quarter, down from $5.40 billion in Q1 2009 and $5.47 billion in Q2 2008.
  • Average revenue per user (the beloved ARPU) was $48, in line with Q1 2009 but down from $52 in Q2 2008.

More here and after the break.

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On Saturday we asked if $299, after the 2-year contract rebate, was too high a price for the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2. In our unscientific poll, 79 percent of you (783 votes) said yes, and that it's tough to compete with the likes of a $99 iPhone 3G at that price. Twenty-nine percent (203 votes) said no, it's not too much.

Well, TmoNews has revised its anticipated price of the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2, and it's not good. They're now looking at $349 after contract. Ouch. But that is unofficial, and anything could happen.

As we discussed in the latest WMExperts podcast, you do have to take total cost of ownership into account — as in the cost of the phone plus the cost of the voice/data plans over the length of the contract. But let's face it: That's a chunk of change up front, and a $349 smartphone isn't going to grow market share the way a $99 smartphone will.

Update: Oooo. Forgot about T-Mobile's Equipment Installment Plan. Good thing TmoNews remembered.

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When it comes to buying, well, anything these days, we have to count our pennies closer than we used to. And so it gives us great pause when TmoNews tells us that the pricing for the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 — after the break with a two-year contract — will be $299.

Let's face it, that's a chunk of change. And while we're gladly going to shell out some cash when the time comes for the latest Windows phone, it's tough to argue against other $99 smartphones out there.

Let's hear from you guys. Vote below, and get your rant on in the comments.

Is $299 too much for any subsidized Windows phone?(polls)
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Ya know, we were just getting used to not having the gratuitous daily T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 post. Our blood pressure returned to its normal (yet still alarming) rate. We were sleeping a good three, four hours a night. Able to feed and bathe ourselves.

No more. Here we go again.

The T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 manual is available for your perusal. (Warning: PDF link) TmoNews has done a good job with a quick run-through and spots a couple of nuggets: The MicroSD card is mounted on the side (yay), but you have to remove the battery cover to get to it (boo). There also appear to be some nice finger-friendly customizations on board.

We're now at T-minus 11 days and counting until the release of the Touch Pro 2 on T-Mobile. What's the over/under on the number of posts we'll have on it before then?

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One of the biggest question burning up the comments and the forums is "When can I get the Touch Pro 2?!?!?!?"

Aside from T-Mobile's announced Aug. 12 release, we're still left guessing when Verizon and Sprint will get theirs out the door. (And other than that leaked render, we haven't seen anything else from AT&T.) We're hearing rumors of a September launch for Sprint (rumors only, folks), and we're now seeing a little evidence that shows we shouldn't expect it before then.

PPCGeeks users Godzson and and Major Nate are shepherding a thread with the Sprint playbook, which most notably has a slew of rebate information. Absent from that playbook is any mention of the Touch Pro 2 (or any other new Windows phone, for that matter).

The playbook is dated July 12-Sept. 7, so it's not looking likely that we'll see anything new before then.

That said, Sprint (and the other carriers) could announce any phone they want at any given time. And if they decided to do so sooner rather than later, well, we'd be just fine with that.

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As we might have previously mentioned, oh, five or six times, the HTC Touch Pro 2 is destined for T-Mobile, and now it's official. Come Aug. 12 (again, we might have mentioned that before), T-Mo customers can pick up the "mocha finish" for an as yet unannounced sum.

Specs are in line with what we've previously reported, including WiFi b/g, a 3.2MP camera, Windows Mobile 6.1, GPS, AWS 3G, and so on and so forth. From the picture, you'll notice that there's no 3.5mm headset jack. Sorry, folks. On the other hand, you'll probably be the first kid on your block with the TP2, if that's any consolation.

Full presser and a couple more official pics fter the break.

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Price war on the HTC Snap!

Uh oh. Looks like there's a bit of a price war brewing around the HTC Snap, and that's good news for you, the consumer. See, first Sprint released its version for $149.99. Then came Verizon with the Ozone at $49.99. Tough to beat that (and Malatesta's been raving about it for days now.)

Now it looks like Microsoft and T-Mobile have teamed up to lower the Dash 3G — which remains true to the Snap we originally saw — to $49.99 as well on the WMDeals Web site. That's a huge drop from the $169.99 on the T-Mobile site. So if you're looking for a front-facing QWERTY on the cheap, well, that's half of the four major U.S. carriers offering it for $50. Hey, Sprint. Care to join?

Oh, and if you're holding out for a T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 (on or about Aug. 12), look for it on the site soon. (The Shadow 2009 also is going for $49.99.) This lower price on the Dash 3G apparently isn't available is stores, so call 866-464-8662, press option 3 for new service, and mention promo code "Windows Mobile" when ordering.

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You're definitely going to be paying a premium here for a phone you should be able to get in a couple of weeks, but that's the price for being the first on your block with a T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 — and unlocked, at that.

A couple of the highly anticipated phones (or not, depending on which comments you're reading) have made it onto the online auction site a few weeks before the expected official release, and they're fetching a pretty penny. [via tmonews]

The first auction ends at 8 p.m. Eastern on Saturday and bidding, get this, is at $1,049.99 at the time of this writing. The second auction ends July 29 and currently is at a much more respectable $525, though we don't expect it to stay there for long.

So, how badly do you want a T-Mobile Touch Pro 2?

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So remember how we said we wouldn't be posting any more T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 leaks until, well, the next one? Here it is, and it's worthy. Nothing much more to say except peep the rest of the pics from XDA Developers member lakers8833 after the jump. And because you're going to ask: No, we don't have an official release date, but Aug. 12 is still the one floating around.

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We know it's painful, and you're tired of being teased by the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2. As are we. And we promise, this will be the last you see of leaks of it until ... well, until the next leak. But this one from TmoNews is quite a haul, so we'll just grin and bear it.

We'll start with the video you see above, apparently shot with an iPhone 3GS. (Grits teeth even harder ...) After the break, some of the best pictures we've seen thus far, along with another video.

Just. A. Few. More. Weeks.

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So what we have here of the T-Mobile Touch Pro 2 isn't quite an actual unboxing. Consider it more of a box-opening, as the phone's not actually seen outside the box. But we'll take what we can get, and these pics from TmoNews are certainly another step toward from the dateless announcement on Twitter to the now-rumored Aug. 12 launch date.

Just a couple more weeks, folks.

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Looks like the wait for the T-Mobile Dash 3G (aka the HTC Snap) is finally over as the phone has gone live on the carrier's Web site [via] and also is available in stores today. (For some reason the Web site didn't have the image of the phone, so we added ours. We're helpful like that.)

The Dash 3G will cost you $169.99 after contract and "instant discount." Just a reminder that that's $20 more than what Sprint's charging for its version of the Snap, and a full $120 more than Verizon is charging for the Ozone. But then again it is the most faithful to the actual Snap we first saw back at CTIA, so there you go.

So, who's going out and snagging one? Let us know in the forums.

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