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VERSIONS: No 20-Keys SureType HTC Touch Dual for the UK?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 03.12.07 - 16:35:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 15910x
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Paul O'Brien from MoDaCo got the information that HTC's 20-keys SureType-like Touch Dual will not be launched in the UK but the UK (maybe the rest of Europe as well?) will get the 10-keys phone pad-like version only. While it was already known that Orange UK as well as T-Mobile UK decided to launch the 10-keys version in the UK only, it's new to us now that also HTC decided to launch the 10-keys version only; not giving customers the chance to chose between the 10-keys version (pictured bellow right) and the 20-keys version (pictured bellow left):

On the photo above: Left - the O2 Germany Xda star keyboard which sport the German layout of a SureType-kind of QWERTZ keyboard; right the HTC Touch Dual 10-keys keyboard which features additional shortcuts including the Start, Inbox, Delete and Internet Explorer Mobile keys.

It's neither yet confirmed nor known where the 20-keys version is launched but so far I only know about O2 Germany Xda star and haven't seen a HTC Touch Dual in any online shops anymore. Unfortunately, buying an Xda star isn't an option for for of you because it sports the German "QWERTZ" layout (including the "ß") instead of the English "QWERTY" layout.

Will try to get a confirmation from HTC which version is released where.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by mld on 03.12.07 - 18:54:19

I really hope we will have a choice. Obviously, both versions have been produced and tested, so why wouldn't they (HTC, providers) leave it up to customers? It 'being confusing' can hardly be an argument. I hope they will change their minds on this.

Posted by Ralph Hoogerhuis on 04.12.07 - 12:33:30

Very strange!!! I bought my WWE Dual Touch at Handit.de and got the 20-key version. In the Netherlands only the 16-key version is being sold and the importer mentioned to me that the 20-key version would have been postponed. However I have the proof in my hand and is really the sort-of-qwerty-20-key-version!

One thing though: for the XT9 I am able to select five languages: English; French; German; Italian; Spanish. How to put in a Dutch XT9 version?

Posted by MTM on 04.12.07 - 12:45:57

Ralph Hoogerhuis wrote:

Very strange!!! I bought my WWE Dual Touch at Handit.de and got the 20-key version. In the Netherlands only the 16-key version is being sold and the importer mentioned to me that the 20-key version would have been postponed. However I have the proof in my hand and is really the sort-of-qwerty-20-key-version!

One thing though: for the XT9 I am able to select five languages: English; French; German; Italian; Spanish. How to put in a Dutch XT9 version?

I think you have to do a little hacking or tweaking yourself to get Dutch onto the phone. Or else maybe flash a new ROM onto the device. Try to read the forum at XDA-Developers.com. I'm sure there is something about it there :-)

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