Sprint tosses in trendy HTC Arrive Windows Phone 7 smartphone

Sprint HTC Arrive

HTC has always enriched the mobile phone terrain with stylish gizmos and was last spotted unleashing its ChaCha and Salsa mobile phones. The company has now joined hands with Sprint to roll out the HTC Arrive Windows Phone 7 smartphone.

Fitted with a sliding full QWERTY keyboard and tilt-up display, the offering enables users to immerse themselves in various Microsoft services such as Microsoft Mobile Office, Zune, and Xbox Live. The Windows Phone 7 platform comes along with Hubs for seamless access to users’ most liked content, including people, pictures, games, music and video as well as Office along with Marketplace.

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The start screen can be easily customized with Live Tiles which may also highlight pending messages and appointments, news and weather, games or friend status. Featuring full HTML web browser with advanced Bing Search, the newest handset enables users to access corporate e-mails, personal e-mails and text messages with ease.

Besides enhanced Wi-Fi and stereo Bluetooth 2.1 capabilities, the HTC Arrive houses a 5MP camera with flash, auto-focus, digital zoom and 720p HD camcorder. The audio experience is leveraged with SRS Wow HD surround sound. The mobile phone also features a media player with 3.5mm stereo headset jack. Users can enjoy voice and text prompts in English and Spanish.

As light as 6.5oz, the device comes equipped with a Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor and a 3.6-inch 800 x 480 WVGA capacitive touchscreen with multi-touch abilities. The phone is powered by a 1500mAh Lithium-ion battery which is capable of delivering around six hours of talktime. Owners can store their favorite content easily using the handset’s 16GB internal memory.

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The HTC Arrive will hit stores starting March 20 for $199.99 with a new two-year contract or eligible upgrade after a $100 mail-in rebate. This mobile phone will be available via Sprint retail channels. Users can now pre-order the HTC Arrive through any participating Sprint Store with a $50 Sprint gift card. Further, these users’ names will be added to the device wait list and be contacted to pick the handset beginning March 20.