HTC Desire Going to Telus


Telus has announced that the HTC Desire will be available on their network soon. We first suspected the device would be going to the carrier when we learned they’d started training sessions for the device for employees. The Sense-enabled Nexus One (that’s probably the best way to describe it, really) is a big hit over in Europe, so it only makes sense that it would eventually make its way to North America. Canadians can enjoy a 3.7-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800×480, Android 2.1, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and more.


It’s said that the device will be offered for Telus’s back to school special, so expect to be able to pick one of these up before the summer months wind down.

Toronto, ON – TELUS today announced a powerful addition to its leading 3G+ Android powered device portfolio with the upcoming HTC Desire, named Hottest Handset of 2010 at Mobile Magazine’s 2010 Mobile Industry Awards.

Boasting a large, crisp touchscreen, the HTC Desire is the perfect Android powered smartphone to stay connected to social networks, access the most popular Google apps, such as free Google Navigation and YouTube and personalise by choosing from over 50,000 apps (applications) in the Android Market. Multiple social networks – such as Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr are easy to follow and update in a single view with HTC’s Friend Stream app. Users can expect a more vivid view of rich web pages just like at home with Flash support for embedded videos on the brilliant touchscreen and the ability to navigate with double-tap, and pinch and zoom. The 3.7” capacitive touchscreen and powerful 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, combined with HTC Sense and the ultra-fast speed of TELUS’ 3G+ network, make this smartphone incredibly responsive.

“With social media being an essential part of the way Canadians communicate and stay informed, TELUS is committed to bringing them some of the best smartphones available on the market to answer that need,” said David Fuller, Chief Marketing Officer at TELUS. “The HTC Desire is not only the perfect smartphone to stay in the know of everything that is going on around you, it’s also the ideal device to experience Canada’s fastest mobile network* that covers 93 per cent of Canada’s population.”

“Beginning last year with HTC Hero and continuing with the HTC Desire today, we have worked closely with TELUS to bring cutting-edge Android devices to Canadian customers,” said Jason Mackenzie, vice-president of HTC America. “Both of these devices feature the acclaimed HTC Sense™ experience, an intuitive mobile framework that puts people, not technology, in the centre of everything.”

Additionally, the HTC Desire features:
• Android 2.1 ( clair) with HTC Sense
• Access to over 50,000 applications from Android Market
• Seven homescreen panels to customize with tons of prealoaded live widgets, apps and live wallpapers
• HTC Friend Stream app and widget to get consolidated updates from Facebook, Twitter and Flickr
• 3.7” , WVGA 800 x 480 capacitive touchscreen
• 5 megapixel camera with flash and video capture
• Expandable memory up to 32 GB (8 GB microSD card included)
• Bluetooth 2.1
• Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n

Please visit telusmobility.com/smartphone for additional information.

*Comparing TELUS HSPA+ network service to Rogers HSPA+ network service, based on TELUS’ tests of data throughput speeds in large Canadian urban centres. Internet access speed provided by the network operator may vary due to the device being used, network congestion, distance from the cell site, local conditions and other factors. Speed on the Internet is beyond the wireless network operator’s control and may vary with your configuration, Internet traffic, website server and management policies, and other factors.

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.6 billion of annual revenue and 11.9 million customer connections including 6.6 million wireless subscribers, 3.9 million wireline network access lines, 1.2 million Internet subscribers and 200,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $158 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 3.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS’ local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

About HTC
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

[via IntoMobile]

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  1. I was just looking at the Telus website and noticed that TELUS International Roaming was not available for this phone and that GSM was not listed under the specifications for the device. The original Desire supports quad band GSM, does anyone know if the Telus version is going to be crippled?

  2. Great! This is what I was waiting for! At last, a Snapdragon phone in Canada. I will surely grab one!

  3. what about androit…

    where is the best…

  4. Telus has no GSM whatsoever. Only CDMA and 3G, so all GSM phones must actually be 3G to be playable on Telus.

  5. awesomefred – you can already get the acer liquid (rootable) with a snapdragon – I would wait for the better hummingbird from samsung ;)

  6. what has taken nam so long to get this device in the market? oil is spilling all over the gulf and the VP was at a golf tournie a month later?

    this world is a mess.

  7. HTC is doing great work in almost all the countries. The leading network companies are making tie up with HTC. As HTC will be soon in leader in producing mobile phones.

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