Telus BRINGS the HTC hero™ TO CANADA

Telus BRINGS the HTC hero™ TO CANADA

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The world’s first Android™-based phone based on HTC’s “Sense” experience is coming to Canada’s largest High Speed network.

Toronto, ON – TELUS and HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, today introduced the HTC Hero™ featuring HTC Sense™, available in Canada only on Canada’s largest 3G+ network. Already receiving accolades worldwide, including being named “Gadget of the Year” by T3 Magazine, a leading UK technology publication, the HTC Hero is designed to bring powerful, customization capabilities and a unique, eye-catching design to the Android platform.

“The HTC Hero is all about the personalization of user experience, something that more and more Canadians are looking for,” said David Neale, senior vice-president of Product and Services at TELUS. “TELUS’ focus on smartphone leadership means that Canadians will have access to the most advanced wireless phones available, including iconic wireless devices like the HTC Hero, an excellent addition to our smartphone selection this Holiday season.

The HTC Hero is the first device to feature HTC Sense, a design framework focused on putting people at the center of the communications experience. Introduced earlier this year, HTC Sense was designed around the three fundamental principles of “Make it Mine,” “Stay Close,” and “Discover the Unexpected.” These principles represent HTC’s philosophy of focusing on how people live and how they stay connected with the people and information that matters most to them.
“Created with personalization at the heart of the design, the HTC Hero’s intuitive HTC Sense experience allows the phone to be fully customizable in a way that is unique to HTC,” said Francois Gravel, Managing Director for HTC in Canada. “The HTC Hero provides flexibility to incorporate the unique interests and preferences of people in a way that makes it an indispensable extension of their lifestyle. This seamless integration truly represents HTC’s brand promise of ‘quietly brilliant’”

Intuitive and Customizable

With seven customizable home screen panels and access to thousands of applications, widgets and games from the Android Market™, people can easily create an experience unique to them. The HTC Hero offers a wide range of Google™ mobile services including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™, and YouTube™. If seven panels aren’t enough to capture every aspect of a person’s life, the HTC Hero makes it possible to customize even more home screens. This feature, called “scenes”, enables the creation of customizable profiles that can be tailored to how life changes at different times of the day, or different days of the week.

Additionally, staying connected is made easier by how the HTC Hero puts people, not technology, at the center of the communication experience. It accomplishes this by gathering all interactions including email, SMS, voicemail, and social networking updates into individual contact cards, making a full communications history available with only one touch.

Hidden Power
The HTC Hero features a cutting-edge design that was created to fit comfortably in your hand while either accessing the capacitive touchscreen or while making a call. The device boasts a variety of features including a stunning 3.2-inch touchscreen, crisp 5 megapixel autofocus camera, 3.5mm stereo headset jack, MicroSD™ memory card slot, and fast 3G connectivity.

Additional Features

  • Processor: Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz
  • Memory: 512 MB ROM, 288 MB RAM
  • Network: 850/1950 HSPA
  • Dimensions: 112 x 56.2 x 14.35 mm (LxWxT)
  • Weight: 135 grams with battery

Beginning November 5, the HTC Hero will be available to purchase only at TELUS for $99.99 with a 3-year service agreement.

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About HTC
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative smartphones that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $9.7 billion of annual revenue and 11.8 million customer connections including 6.3 million wireless subscribers, 4.1 million wireline network access lines and 1.2 million Internet subscribers and more than 100,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video. In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $137 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered more than 2.6 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Nine TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead our local philanthropic initiatives. For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

HTC Hero, HTC Sense and the HTC quietly brilliant logo are the trademarks of HTC Corporation.

Android, Android Market, Google, Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, and YouTube are trademarks of Google Inc.

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