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Sprint to Launch Its First Android Device

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HTC Hero will Bring Innovation and Openness of a True Mobile Internet Experience to America’s Most Dependable 3G Network

News Highlights:

Sprint and HTC Corporation today announced the upcoming arrival of the first wireless device offering the combination of the open and innovative Android platform with the high-speed connectivity of Sprint’s 3G network, EVDO Rev. A, HTC Hero™ with Google™.

Google Integration: HTC Hero offers synchronization for built-in Google mobile services™, including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™, and YouTube™ as well as access to thousands of applications built on the Android platform.

Availability/Pre-Registration: Beginning on Oct. 11, customers will be able to purchase HTC Hero through all Sprint retail channels including Web (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and our national retail partner Best Buy for $179.99 after a $50 instant savings and a $100 mail-in rebate with a two-year service agreement. Pre-registration begins today at www.sprint.com/hero.

Applications: Through Android Market™, HTC Hero users have access to more than 6,000 useful applications, widgets and fun games to download and install on their phone, with many more to come. Thousands of developers are working to introduce new Android applications every day.

Multimedia:

Meet the HTC Hero (Device demonstrated in this video is the global version of Hero)


David Owens, a Sprint director of consumer acquisition, discusses the upcoming introduction of the HTC Hero.

Photos:

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Quotes:

Kevin Packingham, senior vice president of product development, Sprint:

“The arrival of HTC Hero and the Android platform to Sprint’s network is an important milestone for our customers and the U.S. wireless industry.”
“With the superior dependability and coverage of Sprint’s 3G network, HTC Hero users will appreciate a much better experience than is possible now with any other Android phone operating in the United States. They will enjoy the robust potential to personalize their wireless experience as well as the best value in wireless with a Simply Everything plan from Sprint.”

Andy Rubin, vice president, mobile platforms, Google:

“Sprint and HTC are helping to drive openness and innovation in the mobile industry with the introduction of the Android-powered HTC Hero.”

“As the world’s first truly open mobile platform built with the Internet in mind, Android provides to consumers the same Internet services they have become accustomed to on their desktop PC. Offering access to thousands of applications, a suite of Google™ services, and unique personalization features, HTC Hero offers a compelling mobile experience.”

Jason Mackenzie, vice president of HTC America:

“HTC Sense on HTC Hero revolves around three basic principles: Make it Mine, Stay Close and Discover the Unexpected. These principles are based on the recognition that people want their mobile device to conform to their needs and wants, easily keep them in touch with the most important people in their lives, and surprise them with small moments of joy and delight.”

“Working with Sprint to introduce HTC Hero to the US was a natural fit, as both HTC Hero and Sprint’s Simply Everything plan are designed to give customers everything they need in a simple package.”

Related Information:

•    Sign up for the latest Android updates at sprint.com/hero

•    Get HTC Hero news on Twitter. Follow @sprintnews

•    HTC Hero Fact Sheet

•    Competitive and Value Matrix

•    Press release

•    High resolution image gallery

What is Android?
Android, devised by a group known as the Open Handset Alliance, is a system intended to bring Internet-style innovation to mobile phones. As the alliance states on the official Android Website, “Android breaks down the barriers to building new and innovative applications.”

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