The HTC Desire is one of the most sought after Android devices to date that is available today. Up until now, there had not been any news of a US release of the device. That changed today, as it looks like US Cellular is picking up the device. Can I get a “WTF?”
US Cellular is the 6th largest Wireless Carrier in the US. It is a regional carrier for the Midwest, and how they got dibs on this awesome phone is beyond me. It’s probably beyond them, too. I couldn’t imagine what kind of money US Cellular had to drop to be able to get this device. Sure, it’s a win for them, but why would HTC send off such an amazing phone to the Midwest, (the place people go when they give up on their dreams, as Daniel Tosh would put it) when it could be so much more successful on any of the top four wireless networks? But there may be an explanation as to why the ‘HTC Desire” was put on US Cellular’s rebate form.
It may be unlikely, but this reasoning makes the most sense to me: the “HTC Desire” listed here is not the Desire you might be thinking of. I think it may the Droid Eris. Before it was renamed to the Droid Eris, the code name of the device was the Desire. Now that the Eris may be leaving Verizon’s Android-stable, I believe it makes it a much better assumption that it will be this device that is going to US Cellular, not the gorgeous Snapdragon-powered Desire. US Cellular certainly couldn’t use Verizon’s name for it, so it makes sense that they may have returned it to its code name. This is speculative thinking, but I think it may be the case.
No pricing or availability has been announced, nor has the phone itself. I just hope that if this is indeed the ‘new’ HTC Desire, that it will come to a bigger carrier. Soon.