Well, that was quick, wasn't it? After US Cellular recently announced its upcoming smartphone lineup, its very first Windows Phone -- an HTC model -- was ready for a summer launch with or without an official name. We now know the mystery device is the CDMA version of the HTC 7 Pro, a phone that Sprint lovers know better as the Arrive. Available tomorrow for $200 with contract after $100 mail-in rebate, the full tilt-up QWERTY slider with 5 megapixel shooter and 16GB internal storage is a bit on the spendy side. Oh, and it requires a monthly data plan. Did you just hear that noise? That was the sound of your wallet trying to hide from you. Full press release after the break.
HTC 7 Pro a Draw for Multi-taskers; Multi-media and Gaming Enthusiasts
CHICAGO (June 13, 2011) – The happiest customers in wireless have one more reason to smile. On June 14, U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) will expand its device portfolio with the addition of the HTC 7 Pro, the carrier's first Windows 7 smartphone. The handset is available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate along with a data plan purchase.
The HTC 7 Pro is ideal for those who want to complete tasks on the go while getting their fill of entertainment too. One glance at the start screen tells you what's going on. Animated live tiles can show pending messages and appointments, news and weather, or game and friend status all refreshed wirelessly via the Web. Users can also easily view, edit, share and sync Office® documents thanks to superior integration of familiar Office applications. Texting, e-mailing and social media updates are made easy with the HTC 7 Pro's 3.6-inch tilted touchscreen and slide out QWERTY keyboard.
"We have the phones that our customers want to help simplify their busy lives and have fun too," said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. "Customers who switch to U.S. Cellular also get new phones faster without having to continuously sign contracts."
The HTC 7 Pro boasts other cool features like a digital compass, GPS and a 5.0 megapixel autofocus camera with flash. Gaming enthusiasts can score big with the Xbox LIVE® integration, while movie and music lovers will appreciate the built-in FM radio and access to NetFlix®, Zune® and thousands of other applications.
Several of U.S. Cellular's value-packed national plans are a perfect fit for smartphone users. The $79.99 Primary Plus Plan is the best value in wireless and offers 5GB of data with unlimited text, picture and video messaging. The plan also comes with 450 voice minutes, free incoming calls, free nights and weekends and free mobile-to-mobile calls.
A family of four who switches to U.S. Cellular and joins the happiest customers in wireless can save more than $1,000 a year with the company's Premium Plus family plan. The whole family can get the latest smartphones to download apps and keep up with friends, the latest news and favorite social networks.
U.S. Cellular has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier, and all devices are backed by the carrier's high-speed nationwide network. For more information about all of
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The HTC 7 Pro is available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Purchase of a data plan is required, and a new two-year agreement and activation fee may apply.