November 24, 2014

And Now it's Official: Sprint Announces HTC Hero for October 11th

HERObyHTC front high-res2Alright, finally!  Sprint has made their official announcement regarding the HTC Hero.  We now have everything there is to know – the price, the release date, the look.

Customers will be able to purchase an HTC Hero from Sprint starting on October 11th for $179.99 after a $50 instant savings and a $100 mail-in rebate and a two-year service agreement (Simply Everything). If you want to pre-register, head over to www.sprint.com/hero.

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A few interesting tidbits we pulled from the press release:

  • Pandora®, the popular personal radio application, is launching on Android devices and will be available on the HTC Hero from Sprint.
  • HTC Hero can be silenced by simply turning it over.
  • Includes Sprint TV, NFL Mobile Live and NASCAR Sprint Cup Mobile
  • There is no specific mention of Flash on the phone HTC has confirmed Flash support
  • Features HTC Scenes allow users to create different home screens for various situations (work, home, travel)

We should also point out that we’re not certain as to whether this will have the ‘With Google” experience or will be HTC through and through.  The press release does make mention of most Google apps and access to thousands of titles.

So now we ask you, dear reader…

What do you think of today’s announcement?  Anyone planning to switch carriers?  Anyone going to renew their Sprint contract and grab one of these?  Sound off in the comments below!

  • A J

    I plan on renewing my contract. And I'm eligible for $75 off.

  • http://twitter.com/thefatrat @thefatrat

    been waiting for this for a long time. i'm renewing and likely getting 2. (one for my bride).

  • core

    switching from AT&T for this!

  • Cristian

    Thinking of leaving t-mobile to get the Hero with Sprint, or just get the MyTouch 3g, anyone have any tips???

    -Cris

    • http://twitter.com/AndroidNewb @AndroidNewb

      I wouldn't, I switched from sprint to t-mo a few years ago. sprint was the worst customer service experience ever and in my area (kansas city-sprint's head quarters!) horrible coverage. Plus I already see that they have the 'mail in' rebate. One of the reasons I ultimately switched from sprint was that they played a delay game with my mail in rebate for over a year and then said i wasn't eligible for it, never got a response as to why, emailed a dozen or so times (sales rep assured me I was before I bought the phone). Plus bought the 'insurance' on the phone since it was expensive, it broke, and I was told there was a $50-$60 charge for repair, plus I had to pay for shipping (which in addition to the $5/mo or whatever I paid for the insurance would have pretty much bought a new phone). They also screwed up my billing EVERY month for the last year I was with them, literally every month-had to call in and straighten it out every month. So I was stuck with a broken phone that I had to pay to fix after paying for the insurance, screwed on the rebate and was charged wrong every month and was told by the customer service gal that it wasn't her problem. Luckily at that point my contract expired in 2 weeks and I RAN to t-mobile, who has gone above and beyond to help me out on numerous occasions.

      • http://twitter.com/thefatrat @thefatrat

        I've been with Sprint for about 10 years now. While I have had some billing issues, they are long gone and the customer service has been noticeably different in the past year or so. I also have insurance on my phones and have no trouble getting them repaired/replaced. No charges.

        Just wanted to give another perspective. My only downside right now is limited coverage outside of some areas.

    • Rob M

      I've been with Sprint for 13 years and have never had any of the issues that @androidnewb has had. Not say that he didn't have a bad experience, but I have nothing but praise for Sprint. They have always bent over backwards to help me out. To the point that they even sent me a free Treo 800w so I would stay with Sprint and wait for their android offering back when the G1 was announced. The network is FAR better than t-mobile and you even get to roam on the Verizion network for free in the rare case you are in a dead area. I don't know what's not to like.

  • Rob

    I plan on buying it and selling my pre on ebay. Only questions I have are these: Will it have sprint navigation? Will I have access to the android market directly on the phone? (There have been rumors that the market won't be directly available)

    • http://www.TechProsSD.com SDsc0rch

      good questions

      this thing looks… *sweet*!

      • Rob

        I've been reading the press release and it makes mention of navigation. Also the 'market' icon is clearly seen on the screen shot… I think that I should have looked at that before I posed the question.

  • BackInAction

    Really the worst part about switching to Sprint are their plans. They make you get everything even if you barely use some of the stuff. I barely text, yet I have to pay for it. I have to get unlimited data on my family plan even if only one of us has a smartphone, etc. With Tmo, I can go a la carte and get a much better monthly price that covers all that I need/want.

    That said, it does look like a nice phone. I'm currently out of contract with ATT and have been looking at myTouch and the Pre, but have decided to wait a month or two given all the recent droid news and pending releases.

    • latifah

      I have sprint and they just came out with a new plan called any mobile to mobile. You get unlimited everything mobile to mobile with and carrier and 450 anytime minutes for $69.99 also after 7pm free… now-adaya everybody is contacted thru their cell phone..

  • pelic4n

    I’ve been waiting on this since the G1. Sprint took their sweet time. I plan on getting rid of my HTC Touch Diamond. I only hope that access to custom roms aren’t limited.

  • http://www.TechProsSD.com SDsc0rch

    i "like" this but…

    i want to hear what their announcement is – plus.. the hw kybd on the Q could make a biiiiiiiiig difference!

  • http://www.TechProsSD.com SDsc0rch

    i wonder where the rumors are coming from that say there won't be "direct" access to the market

    ??

    they specifically mention the market in the press release (second bullet!)

  • BackInAction

    You didn't mention multi-touch in the list of features, yet it is mentioned in the attached Sprint/HTC PR. That, alone, is a big deal.

    For those unsure about switching to Sprint, consider the 30-day trail. Last night I was strongly considering a Pre but wasn't sure if Sprint had coverage issues at home (they use to). The sales women said all they'd have to do is "check my credit" (not sure why??) and I could leave with the phone and return it within 30-days if I wasn't happy. If I was happy, I could, then, decide to port my numbers (from ATT) to the same phone and discard the temporary number Sprint assigned to me for the trail.

    Just a thought…

  • afb

    My question is whether or not it is the "with Google" experience or not. With Google should get you updates to android when google does the update versus when HTC or Sprint decides to do an update. Does anybody know if it is "with Google"?

  • James Bailey

    Any word on plans? WIth my iPhone I'm getting 450 anytime minutes with unlimited data for $69.99. I don't need more minutes but I absolutely need unlimited data. What would the equivalent (or closest) plan cost on Sprint?

    • BackInAction

      Same price, but you get **way** more than "unlimited data" at that cost…..

      # Unlimited data: Web surfing, email, BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS), GPS Navigation, Music Premier, TV Premier, NFL Mobile Live, NASCAR Sprint Cup MobileSM
      # Unlimited Direct Connect: Direct Connect and Group Connect (for capable phones)
      # Unlimited messaging: Text, pictures and video
      # Talk: Unlimited mobile to mobile, night calling and weekends starting at 7 p.m., nationwide long distance and no roaming charges

      It is their family plans that sort of suck, if one phone has data, they all have to play for it. So, if I want this phone but my wife only needs a flip phone, I have to pay $130/month. You can't do a la carte stuff with their family plans like you can on other providers.

      • James Bailey

        Ok, same price and add unlimited messaging. Everything else is about the same. Not sure what the other stuff there is but it just sounds like more data which is already covered by unlimited data. NASCAR Spring Cup MobileSM? WTF?

        • BackInAction

          The TV stuff, messaging and the GPS (turn-by-turn with voice prompts) are all extra charges on other providers ($5-10/month EACH!). So, you get quite a bit more.

          • James Bailey

            GPS turn by turn navigation on the iPhone is available as a pay once application. You can find them for as little as $3.00 for online versions or as little as $40.00 for North American maps built in. I wouldn't pay $5 month nor does having it included in a data plan entice me.

            The TV stuff is also uninteresting to me. There are plenty of ways to get TV without going through Sprint as a gatekeeper.

            For me, it is anytime minutes and unlimited data that are important. The rest is filler. So, for my usage, there is no difference in price. I do pay $5 to AT&T for 200 text messages which I never use. I should probably remove that from my account.

    • http://www.TechProsSD.com SDsc0rch
  • Mark

    Awesome! Been waiting for this phone since I first heard rumors. I'm jumping ship from Windows Mobile after being not-that-impressed with the upcoming WinMo 6.5 and Touch Pro 2 and not wanting to wait another year and a half for WinMo 7. Hopefully I can find replacements for all the WinMo apps I currently use.

    I like the Sprint Hero redesign from the Euro version (can I call it Heuro?) as the chin was one of the features on my "minus" list. Happy with the price being under $200 too. Now the question is can I wait until January when my current Sprint contract runs out? Also I'll have to switch from an unltra-cheap unlimited data plan that I have been granfathered into from 5 years ago, to a simply data plan..which is still a pretty good deal.

  • TareX

    Obviously I'm among the minority who thinks the original HTC Hero looked tons better than this cheap "rounded" design…

  • mieses

    You're not in the minority. This is a big letdown. The Sprint market research people must have chickened out. There's nothing interesting about this design. It looks ordinary.

  • Mark

    Not everyone wants a quote "interesting" design. I want a functional design, and if this change gives the phone a lower profile then I'm all for it. I don't care if it doesn't look unique, I'm not trying to impress anyone, just fit it in my pocket.

  • http://www.TechProsSD.com SDsc0rch

    precisely!

  • mieses

    That's a terrible argument. Are you blind marketing tools? The chin has a functional purpose and the bend is a tiny angle, hardly uncomfortable. Do you seriously put only put flat things in your pockets? I'd hate to be a set of keys. If the angle was truly the only issue, then why not flatten it? Sprint simply chickened out from using the minimalist, white teflon design because they are targeting people who drive Plymouth cruisers. Whatever. It's a free market and there are a lot of people with bad taste.

    • BackInAction

      The looks of the phone mean nothing to me (well, I wouldn't want it in pink or purple). As long has it has the functions I want.

      • mieses

        You might be attracted to things that look ordinary, for cultural or other reasons, and that is fine. Aesthetics does factor into your decision making process whether you admit it or not.

  • sprintuser

    The only question for me is whether this will be SERO. Totally sold if this is on SERO.

  • http://madmoby.ru Babuluk

    По моему мнению Вы ошибаетесь. Предлагаю это обсудить. Пишите мне в PM.

  • Apollo

    To anyone considering switching carriers for the Hero. Look around on the internet, just like the myTouch — the Hero is already outdated. Newer Android phones are *right* around the corner and promise to deliver 2-3 times what current handsets can do. Unless you have a stock 'dumbphone' from your carrier that you simply can't stand, just ride the breeze until the newer jaw dropping tech beats its way to your door.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/garettpony garettpony

      by the details i've seen suggest this would be a new version of the HERO – the pics alone show me it isn't the same as the old one you speak of!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/garettpony garettpony

    i really only care about the specs and i haven't seen any details on that yet. I still have a sprint account and would love to get an Android device through them, as well as i have heard great things about the HTC experience on-top of android and how nice that is… Problem though is i have yet to see an upcoming Android device that will remedy the problems i have with the G1 and my T-Mobile account. The internal memory and processor are simple lacking to actually execute many things smoothly and i see constant stalls and glitches. Will this new google phone with sprint out perform my lacking G1 – whats the battery life, the camera specs, memory, processor etc.??? anyone know yet!

  • Lorrin

    I am leaving verizon to get this phone used to have sprint but their prices are much cheaper than verizons. Can't wait to get this phone!

  • wjeryf

    that's not even a picture of the "hero"! BULLSHIT! and SHOPPED!

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