The Sharp End: HTC HD and 3’s laptop push

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HTC unveils a corker

HTC have a new phone on the way – and its going to be a corker.

The HTC HD (pictured), as it’s currently known, is close to the size of the iPhone but apparently crams in full HSDPA, GPS, 5-megapixel camera, MicroSD card slot, standard 3.5mm headphone port, a touchscreen that takes up nearly all the front of the device, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi and video calling. Phew.

The handset will also use HTC’s TouchFlo 3D interface, which sits nicely on top of the Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system (so Enterprise users are well catered for).

The only downside I can see at the moment with the leaked specs is that it has no flash on the camera – a little poor, but by no means the be all and end all.

I look forward to getting my hands on one of these, and if HTC can sort out their equivalent of the Apple Appstore for this device then all the better!

Fancy offering laptops?

It seems the mobile world is being taken over by the free laptop brigade.

One way dealers can match (and certainly beat on specification) some of the offers currently doing the rounds is to connect businesses to 3’s Business900 24-month plan with a Nokia 3120 and a data modem.

By offering this set up on Broadband Lite you can make approximately £450 profit, with which you can fund a pretty reasonable specification laptop (in the region of £250), meaning you can still make a profit of £200 while the customer gets all these goodies plus a 1GB data allowance, 1,125 x-net minutes and 150 text for only £34.04 (plus VAT) per month.

Seems a lot better to me than customers paying £25 per month for a crappy ‘web book’ they can’t do much with.

The laptops are readily available at a reasonable price from many web-based retailers, but remember you can always open up a trade account with the likes of Brightstar, who are offering special deals to members of the IMPDA and the Phone Dealer Forum.

Full article only in Mobile News issue 423 (September 22, 2008).

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