The long wait for the HTC Desire’s debut on Telus may finally be drawing to an end, as dummy display units of the phone are showing up at the carrier’s retail stores to showcase the phone in all of it’s non-functional glory. There is still no firm date on the phone’s release, just as Telus didn’t provide one when they officially announced the handset, but with the display models arriving it could only be a matter of days, at most a couple of weeks. Rumored pricing puts the phone at $299.95 on a 3-year contract all the way up to $499.95 on a 1-year deal.
With all of the inventory concerns that have plagued major handset launches, manufacturer’s are getting smart by using dummy phones to preserve as much stock as possible for sale to customers. Or maybe it’s just all around cheaper. While that may be all well and good, it still doesn’t compare to getting some hands-on time with the actual software of the device, though with something like the Desire we are sure it won’t hurt sales.