HTC Desire hits Canadian shores and stores

Long awaited and seriously desired (pun intended), HTC's flagship smartphone is finally available in Canada.

Mobile provider, Telus Mobility, has recently launched Desire on its shared Bell/Telus HSPA+ network. The device, extensively reviewed by Neowin, has appeared in the country with very little fanfare, although power users have been waiting for a device like this to hit the Canadian market.

With a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, a fresh Android 2.2 update, and HTC's brilliant Sense UI, Canadians are finally catching up to the rest of the world with regards to Android devices.

The device will be sold in typical Canadian style; that is to say it will be available on a 3 year contract for $79.99CAD; this in current US exchange is close to $400USD. (Actually, it's closer $77USD for those without a sarcasm meter.) Consumers will be able to also purchase the device without a contract for $449.99CAD.

Desire also includes all the usual goodies including a headset, charger, USB cable and an 8GB memory card all packaged in HTC's very slick boxes. With the current 6GB for $30 data promotions on now, there hasn't been a better excuse to switch to a smartphone yet.

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Flagship product? isn't that technically the EVO 4G now? doesn't matter though, the Desire is still a great phone and I love mine

I am really tempted to ditch my Iphone for the Desire. It seems to do everything that an Iphone does and has the added advantage it isn't locked into Itunes or Apple App Store.

Baked said,
Any idea when we will see it in Australia ?

Telstra have had the HTC Desire for a couple of months now, it's available on their $49 plan over 24 months. You get $400 worth of calls and messages per month and 500MB data (normally 200MB but there is a bonus data offer on till October which gives you 300MB extra for the life of your contract).

Unfortunately Telstra have exclusivity, but I've seen plenty of unlocked models available on eBay for between $600 and $800.

Baked said,
Any idea when we will see it in Australia ?
It's already here (Australia) and is proving quite popular too while the iPhone is still the top seller (and is literally everywhere, every second person I see has one!) I'm starting to see the Desire pop up now and then (and becoming more frequent), plus I have one too

Chanser said,
Is this the AMOLED or SLCD version?

SLCD, AMOLED has a shortage. Even new N1s (developer units im assuming) have SLCDs now.

Marcus16 said,
The Desire in Canada does not yet have the 2.2 update.
We're always behind on the Android updates, so much that I managed to get them to trade my 2 cheap HTC Magic phones for 2 shiny iPhones because they couldn't give anything better than 1.5 at the time

Marcus16 said,
The Desire in Canada does not yet have the 2.2 update.

I thought the updates came direct from HTC via the auto-update tool?

TCLN Ryster said,

I thought the updates came direct from HTC via the auto-update tool?

not if it's a provider phone, if you buy direct from the carriers then they take control of the roll-out. T-mobile still haven't confirmed a release date for the UK 2.2, so I've done it myself!

So this is the Desire and not Desire HD? And this is exactly the same version as in the states correct?

Now if only the boatloader of the x10 could be hacked, or Sony would release their 2.1 upgrade, I could be confident in my choice of the Xperia X10 over this. I love my X10 but it really should have been released with 2.1 at the very least. The hardware is awesome, but it's crippled by the 1.6 OS.

nekkidtruth said,
Now if only the boatloader of the x10 could be hacked, or Sony would release their 2.1 upgrade, I could be confident in my choice of the Xperia X10 over this. I love my X10 but it really should have been released with 2.1 at the very least. The hardware is awesome, but it's crippled by the 1.6 OS.

Your probably gonna get 2.1, not very high chance of getting 2.2. The Desire however will probably receive 3.0.

thealexweb said,

Your probably gonna get 2.1, not very high chance of getting 2.2. The Desire however will probably receive 3.0.

Not "probably". We ARE getting 2.1. I'm well aware of that fact, I said as much in my original post