Last night in New York City, T-Mobile proceeded to officially open the curtains on what will be its top smartphone, the HTC HD2. While the pricing and availability details have been floating around for weeks, it's always nice to get some confirmation from the source. Available March 24, the HD2 will start at the unbelievably low price of $199.99 + tax on a 2-year Even More plan, but the option to outright purchase the handset for $449.99 may be a better choice for some, especially when paired with a month-to-month Even More Plus plan.
We've all drooled over the specs, and they remain mostly the same for the US model, with upgrades to both the RAM and ROM, plus that all-important 3G band. T-Mobile has decided to bring along some very nice add-ons, just like we mentioned a while back, including movie rentals and streaming from Blockbuster, in-flight Internet service from Gogo, and an eReader app from Barnes & Noble. Not to be left out, MobiTV provides a variety of programming over WiFi or 3G, and for the Megan Fox fans, Transformers and Transformers 2 are both preloaded on the included microSD card.
It remains to be seen how the lack of an upgrade path will affect sales of the HD2, but for most people it probably won't be an issue. I know Jenn is ready to storm the T-Mobile website on the 24th, upgrade or not, since she jettisoned her non-3G HD2 a few weeks back. Will anyone else be joining her, or is the lure of losing cut-and-paste and true multitasking on Windows Phone 7 Series too appealing?[WMExperts – Twitter]