HTC Touch Released on Bell Mobility

November 16th, 2007

Bell Mobility has officially launched the HTC Touch today, November 16. The Touch is now listed on the Bell website and can be found at Bell stores across the country.Current prices are as follows.
3 year term: $149.95
2 year term: $199.95
1 year term: $349.95
No contract: $399.95

With the HTC Touch you can get unlimited data for only $7/month. At that price for data this phone is a sure must have! Pick up your Touch at any Bell Store, Authorized Bell Dealer, on online at Bell.ca.

 

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    Paulo  |  November 17th, 2007 at 8:58 am

    Got it today, awesome phone however Bell has deleted the WiFi capabilities on this phone much to my surprise.

    Nick  |  November 18th, 2007 at 2:34 am

    I was going to buy one just for wi-fi ability! but with out wi-fi, I am not sure!

    Alex  |  November 20th, 2007 at 2:15 am

    HOLY SHIT NO WI-FI !
    What bastards. In all my past experiences with Bell, they have always crippled the phone in one way or another. I’m sure wi-fi is just one of the things crippled on this phone. Thank you Bell, for castrating the HTC touch for all!

    Mike Williams  |  November 20th, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    What on earth do you neen wifi for with bells 7 dollar unlimited plan.???

    Swing.net  |  November 20th, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    Just buy a wifi microsdcard, that would work as well.

    Nice phone!

    http://www.swing.net

    Hooper  |  November 20th, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Yes, Mike dude is right on with $7.00 plan. Definetely my next phone

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    ThunderThy  |  November 25th, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    The phone is running on unlimited WAP. Not the regular internet you experience off your PC. WAP has limited support which means not all websites are accessible.

    fieldside  |  November 26th, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    Is there a hack for re-activating the wifi

    mrumble  |  December 1st, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    Read through other forums… WiFi is not “disabled”, it’s physically removed in this model… therefore, no hack to turn it on.

    wahba  |  December 3rd, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    bell.ca says “Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 Professional”, does that mean you can create and edit word / excel files on the phone?

    alex  |  December 4th, 2007 at 1:24 am

    Yeah, you can create/edit Word documents, Excel and Powerpoint. I just got the phone today, and I’m in LOVE with it.

    Mario  |  December 4th, 2007 at 2:28 am

    Got the phone and now can never get away from the office or work……great toy

    Anonymous  |  December 9th, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    Has anyone tried a wifi microsd

    El Dukey  |  December 12th, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Great toy, but hard to type on! not sure if I can deal with this
    screen keypad!

    tbooth  |  December 13th, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    You get used to the keypad pretty quick.

    As for the phone itself, reception isnt the greatest, but with 7$ unlimited data, who cares? I barely phone anymore anyways.

    Transcriber is good (once you take the time to see how to write certain letters), the keyboard is fine, and god i love watching movies in fullscreen. Countless apps to add w00t!!!!

    Surprisingly, the net loads at around the same speed as EDGE, or at least it seems that way. Until you see how many KB’s the pages are.

    I watched a youtube video the other night. On my phone. I have to admit, its sweet.

    Jim  |  December 15th, 2007 at 3:11 am

    I cannot get Youtube to work. I am having trouble installing Flash. Any help will save my sanity.

    Thanks,

    Jim

    FX  |  December 16th, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    If you are having trouble with the small keyboard, here is the link for the FREE full size keyboard….works great.

    http://www.pdamedia.biz/free-pocketpc-software.html
    ——————————————————————
    Pls consider a link from your site to this charity…tks. http://www.scarfaid.com

    james  |  December 19th, 2007 at 5:33 am

    ok i just got the htc with a 1g sd card but the phone dose not see it what do i do ???

    El Dukey  |  December 28th, 2007 at 12:21 am

    Had it for 2 weeks, love it except for typing on the keypad is still a struggle….

    Gary  |  December 28th, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    I think the WiFi is still on the device. The reg keys show it is present, but all disabled.

    So far, great phone, did a iphone look-a-like hack that rocks and makes it look like an iphone on steroids…

    Just added an fm transmitter in the car and wow, who needs a cd player…lolListen to Jap radio while driving in Montreal,,,oh ho,,,how about Bollywood…Drive down St Cath, bopping to Hindu Hip-Hop…shessh, what next…Got to abmit, Watched France 24 Live while doing a Wendy’s burger…pretty cool…iphone, senn it, tried it, and GLAD I got the HTC…BUT, BELL, you boys are just downright nasty,,,bring back the WiFi,,,

    mathieu  |  December 28th, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    Scam alert bell mobility unlimited download.

    Don’t get the HTC Touch from Bell thinking you will have unlimited download for 7$.

    You can only browse cheap bell mobility pages.

    They will charge you up to 1000$/day if you navigate to Google and Hotmail pages with your cell phone.

    Many have been scam and are in the process of having full refund.

    Scam alerte

    Ne prenez pas le HTC Touch pensant que vous aurez le transfère illimité pour 7$.

    Vous pouvez seulement naviguer de pauvres pages Bell mobilité.

    Bell vous facturera jusqu’à 1000$/jour si vous faite de la navigation Google et Hotmail avec votre cellulaire.

    Plusieurs ont été arnaqués et sont maintenant en procédure de remboursement total.

    OpenWave  |  December 28th, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    Mathieu, please don’t give people wrong information.
    The $7 dollar unlimited plan is exactly that, UNLIMITED, you can go on any site, listen to radio and TV streams however long you want as I confirmed this with Bell Mobility customer service as well as data support.
    The only thing you CAN’T do (which is an available feature but not part of the $7/month plan) is use your phone as a modem.
    In addition should there be any page that was chargeable you would receive a warning like down-loadable music or ring tones.
    Why only $7/month when BlackBerry plans with the same services are going for $100/month for 1gig? Well because in 2008 phone pricing and data plans will drastically decrease due to the fact that more competitors will be allowed to compete in Canada reducing the current rate plans.

    mathieu  |  December 28th, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    hey hey wow wow… I just receive my invoice of 1000$ and I DID NOT USE MY PHONE AS A MODEM…. I have HTC TOUCH and they finally told me the 7$ is for limited access to very basic stuff provided my bell… I will record them for you people and provide it to you if you ask on audio file.

    What they did is because I complain, they gave me the feature of data download 1 gig/month a value of 100$ and they will refund it to me next month… so now if I don’t want to pay all that price I have to use ONLY THE 1X network not the DATA NETWORK… so I disable the data network and only use the 1X….

    mathieu  |  December 28th, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    SO 1X mean very basic stuff from bell and data network mean google hotmail and eveything out of the 1X box… Unfortunately on my HTC TOUCH if I type http://www.google.com it switch on data network but I cannot go anyway with the 1X network… so that is all…. 7$=1X=limited internet browsing

    OpenWave  |  December 29th, 2007 at 5:07 am

    I have never bashed ANYONE before and it hurts me to start but your a fucking retard!!! I wouldn’t be surprised if your one of Telus’s or Bell’s marketing team to deter the sales of the HTC Touch!
    I have posted all the proof and have spoken to HIGH officials within Bell and have confirmed that the $7 UNLIMITED internet is just that and on EVDO NOT 1X! Stop spreading your bullshìt on these forums and grow up! I HATE to bash you but if I felt just a shadow of a doubt that I was wrong I wouldn’t say squat but your a flucktard! lol And you deserve to be taken to the cleaners!
    People, don’t listen to this clown, you want the REAL truth? Just call *611 or customer service and ask them yourselves!
    I’m done with this thread and I have replied to it diligently!

    Nick  |  December 29th, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    I’m about to buy this phone before my contract expires. Is there a maximum capacity microsd card that it can take? And I noticed a few people on this thread complain about the keyboard, why not just get some free software out there and use a different keyboard? There is one here: http://www.freewarepocketpc.net/ppc-download-touch-keyboard-v1-0.html

    Just have to clarify one more thing. On the Bell website, it says this phone plays video but it doesn’t specify whether it’s videos recorded from the camcorder or just plain movies, so CAN this thing play movies put onto the microsd card? All the questions I’ve got, thanks guys.

    Nick  |  December 29th, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    ps: Gary, how did you do the iPhone hack? Got a link? Thanks

    mathieu  |  December 29th, 2007 at 10:44 pm

    well openwave I got a refund of a 1000$ because I complain… they say I can use only their pre defined web page and if i go outside of their network i will be charge… for my experience I got 1000$ refund because I have used the data network from bell mobility htc touch that was supposed to be covered with 7$ a month… now I cannot ethey put me on a special 1 month data 1 gig for a 100$ so it do like if I took this plan before so I dont have to pay 1000$…. and for what is about you swearing at me … if you leave at montreal I will meet you in person

    darren  |  December 30th, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    I just got a Touch under a corp plan w/ unlimited data.

    FUD and a discrepancy between what I was told and what
    I read in the contract on reviewing it prompted me to call.
    My unlimited data is on the “1X” network, not the “data network”
    but wouldn’t/couldn’t clearly explain what that meant. My own
    research let me to conclude this is a lower speed 40-50Kbps
    network not the newer EVDO network at 400-2400Kbps.

    I restricted my network access to 1X to avoid surprises.
    The higher speed was nice while it lasted but I guess I’ll be
    paying for it later.

    Has anyone gotten a WiFi card working in it?
    Any links where to buy such a card?

    Darren

    Nick  |  January 1st, 2008 at 5:53 am

    Hey Darren. Yea I’ll be buying the HTC Touch in a few days so I went to Bell World today to ask them the same question about the unlimiited browser that I have on my current plan now and she told me that it works on the EVDO network and I won;’t have to pay extra. I hope she was right.

    Also, if you use windows live messenger, does it charge you or is it free if you have unlimited browser?? Anyone know?

    darren  |  January 2nd, 2008 at 11:59 am

    My brother and a co-worker both warned me they had heard
    of incidents where subscribers signed up for unlimited plans,
    received invoices for tens of thousands of dollars in usage fees and ended up going to court over them.

    I went back to a Bell kiosk and asked; anonymous agent admitted
    that he wasn’t sure of the exact answer to my inquiry (no one
    ever asks), he called customer service and assures me that the
    $7 all you can eat plan is on the EVDO network.

    I don’t see how they can make money with unlimited EVDO
    downloads. With a 3 year contract, I can wait until I’ve seen a
    few invoices before going nuts on streaming video/music.

    Darren

    Rob  |  January 2nd, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    I got one this week as well. Looks cool so far. I asked the question about unlimited browsing too, and was told it’s unlimited… We’ll see…
    The good – synching with Outlook, Media, etc
    The bad – no WiFi, and Voice Tags instead of Voice Recognition (as on the GSM version). That one is annoying!

    MAT  |  January 5th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    Yes it appears mathieu and a few others in other forums are Telus or Rogers reps. Is anyone tracking Idiots like mathieu in this forum and his comments be removed since he is outright wrong? Ive had Bell touch for 2.5 months and surf constatly – I can get to every site no problem, and my bill is roughly 50-60 every month. the only other thing that might be possible is if this is the guy who used the unlimited data plan believing he could use it to tether his PC and have unlimited downloads this way. Read your contract -it says this will cost you more, and it also indicates this the minute you connect your phone as modem to PC!

    Kent  |  January 5th, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    WOW, there are many incorrect statements on this thread. Our family has 4 of these phones. As per MAT above who is correct, the $7.00 per month is for EVDO service not 1X. (yes has no WiFi but why is it needed when phone is unlimited on EVDO? – that’s why it was taken off – neh?) I had a backberry pearl and put it on the minimum plan for the balance of the contract due to this phones abilities. I have confirmed just now, as well as this morning, on the data charges and they do not exist. We are surfing the net anywhere you want and there is only one issue so far. “You tube” is not working at this moment, with this phone but Bell is working on a fix. If you do use the phone and tether it as a modem it will warn you and high cost will result. Otherwise windows mobile 6 has a multitude of freeware (36 to date which I have installed) on the net and have have had only one issue where I had to take that software off.
    So in summay this phone is awesome with the unlimited email, data, text messages, and even it’s only weakness the keyboard, I have found a free fix called the PDA media KBD which on top left of installed keyboard has a small square which when pressed brings up a full screen keyboard in landscape mode – which is even easier to type on than my blackberry was. The phone market is changing for 2008 per the government opening up the market so hang on everyone. This year is going to be like none we have seen.

    Kent  |  January 6th, 2008 at 1:13 am

    Here is the link to the keyboard.
    Enjoy

    http://www.pdamedia.biz/free-pocketpc-software.html

    OpenWave  |  January 8th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Thank you MAT and Kent! No disrespect Mathiew but your results are in No way typical! And youtube is working fine with ã 3rd party software I found on this site. don’t have the link offhand but do ã search.

    Kent  |  January 8th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Open Wave, please let me know the link for you tube when / if you find it. The boys would die if this were found or fixed soon. Thanks Kent

    TonyK  |  January 10th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    I got my phone yesterday. To be honest with you I was reluctant to go back with Bell for any service but I’m loving this phone. The biggest issue with it is with the keyboard. I have downloaded the http://www.pdamedia.biz/free-pocketpc-software.html app as suggested by Kent but getting “not valid Pocket PC application” when trying to install. Has anyone had success getting it to work or know of another app? And has anyone found the link to the iPhone interface emulator for this phone I keep hearing about?

    Kent  |  January 11th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    TonyK:
    Normaly you just download all the cab files (and setup files) to your hard drive, and then copy the cab files to your device and this converts them to the Windows Mobile 6 format. However for this file you must install (or run) the setup from C drive NOT copy the setup file to the device and try to run it from there. Hope it works for you now. I just did it again and it works.

    RK  |  January 12th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    I have had two invoices now with NO extra charges. I have surfed to my heart’s content and downloaded email attachments with NO EXTRA charges other than the $7 feature. Mathieu is a moron.

    mathieu  |  January 13th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    ok I have recorded conversation where you want me to send it I have many and you need tcpmp and flashvideobundle for youtube give me news

    OpenWave  |  January 17th, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    Here is the link Kent http://discussion.wmexperts.com/showthread.php?t=148801
    The link works on and off so keep trying.

    Nathan  |  January 21st, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    I got my HTC Touch on December 8 and have obviously received my first bill. The unlimited browsing for $7 is exactly what it says…unlimited for $7. That includes streaming video and audio for 24 hours a day if you want. My bill had NO extra charges for the surfing I did, no matter where I went. I don’t know what the speed of the connection is, but it’s faster than my old Bell Sony phone was for sure. This is a good phone and tons of phone. I’ve loaded numerous games and software onto it (at least 15 programs), including one that syncs the phone with my Macintosh calendar and contacts. Works like a charm!!! The processor in this phone is a bit slow, and that’s my ONLY complaint.

    Rhino  |  January 24th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Someone mentioned you sync with outlook. Can you recieve outlook on the touch through windows mobile or is that one of the differences between other data packages. And one other -will there be any conflict using office 2000 {xp } with the new windows mobile version?
    thanks

    Canuck  |  January 24th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Here’s my story….to date. I received this phone as a gift – full price was paid for it. I am on the North American digital plan. I asked several times during the purchase process and confirmed the $7 a month for unlimited access etc. etc. etc. REGRETTABLY, the salesperson did NOT indicate that the service is for Canada ONLY. I have now received a bill for 00′s of dollars for use outside of Canada. This is NOT a business phone, and I was excited to have it and be able to pick up email and surf etc. while travelling. I am currently reconciling with Bell. Be forewarned.

    Rhino  |  January 25th, 2008 at 12:04 am

    well that sucks,canuck.
    are you able to have a data plan as well as unlimited for 7 bucks?
    i have a starcom with a 20 dollar plan for email and surfing for 4 mb, i think i want the touch, and for the rate i pay i could get the $7 plan and a $20 plan to be safe so i dont run into problems like you. i only pay 17.25 + 4.50 acess fee for 300 min {350 for 12 months], vmx, display waiting ulim weekend and night from 6 pm andi have 200 upgrade every 12 mths
    and i was hoping to save another $13 to switch my data plan to the $7 plan. maybe i should kick myself.. it appears i have it good.. but now i need to know if i can have my data plan for 20 and the $7 plan on the same plan…..does anyone know if it is possible?
    thanks

    KS  |  January 26th, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    It seems to me that it was a mistake for Bell to remove the Wi-Fi from the phone especially for anyone travelling. In a lot of places there is no phone service unless you have a GSM phone. By leaving in the wi-fi you could connect to the internet and browse the web and send emails from anywhere in the world. It could also be used where a W-fi connection is available but the phone signal is too low such as in some office buildings. I would have thought that this would actually lessen the load on the Bell system (although most people would not bother to switch to Wi-fi unless they had to) so maybe could lessen the load would be a better way of saying it.
    I have heard that the wi-fi has been physically removed. Does anyone know this for sure? It would seem to me that it would be much cheaper to disable it rather than manufacture a different device. If it has not been physically removed, has anyone tried to re-enable it?
    I have also heard mention of using a Wi-fi SD card. Does anyone have any more information about that?
    Is there any kind of external Wi-Fi adapter that could be attached to the data/charging port that would allow an internet connection? Accessing the SD card is a pain, especially when you don’t have small fingers and good eyesight.

    puffer  |  February 6th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    well the stupid french guy has issues as does the traveling man however i have had no problems with my touch gotten no extra fees and am all around happy with it mind you i dont use it as a modem and common sense dictates that a canadian cell phone will be charged extra when used in america all the companies do it.

    Big Guy  |  February 9th, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    How do you find total call time on the Bell HTC Touch? It is found on the Rogers one but not the Bell one

    OpenWave  |  February 10th, 2008 at 10:43 am

    ##786# then click OK when your done. It also gives you total data usage from the date of activation. @ Big Guy

    colette  |  March 2nd, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    well I have a problem when im txting sometimes with the pop up add word /dictionary it goes all screwy, so I have to reboot my phone. is there a fix for that? let me know.

    Ben  |  March 6th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Huzzah to Bell for disabling a usefull feature!!

    Why want it since you have $7 internet? Couple of reasons:

    1. Surf from your house: WiFi much faster
    2. Travel outside of Canada: Most hotels offer free WiFi. Voice or Data roaming will cost you bundles. Skype anyone?
    3. and finally, once you’ve given up on WiFi, once you’ve conceided never to travel with your phone outside of Canada, once you’ve purchased the Touch and signed up for another 3 years, what makes you think Bell won’t change their minds about the $7 and change their rate plans down the road? Why else would they pay extra to have a feature disabled?

    Love the Rogers version
    Love the Bell plan

    What’s a boy to do?

    svenner  |  March 10th, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    hmmm….I assume the $7 plan is real, but some people on here have me a little worried.
    Picked up my HTC Touch and Unlimited $7 Plan yesterday……guess I’ll play it cool till I see my bill and usage.

    Thanks for the thoughts ~

    Andrew  |  March 12th, 2008 at 8:19 am

    Relax people… this CDMA version of the HTC Touch NEVER HAD WiFi HARDWARE TO BEGIN WITH – IT WAS NEVER MANUFACTURED WITH IT

    This phone comes with network based high-speed internet for $7, so what do you need Wifi for?

    froggy  |  March 15th, 2008 at 1:54 am

    Hi,
    I just got my HTC touch..for some reason when the screens off my phone dosen’t ring..is there something wrong with it?

    slowee  |  March 25th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    love the HTC phone got it last week and so far so good!!; love the features; dont like the keyboard but will download the new one “thanks for the link”; im having trouble with hitting buttons while im talking on the phone…wish i could lock the keyboard during a call … guess that will come with practice. i was disappointed about the youtube as well; but problem solved with tha other link “thanks to you too”. i recommend tha phone (tho its my first smart phone/pda) its wonderful!! :)

    hasnain  |  April 4th, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Can this phone be unlocked or not?

    dav  |  May 8th, 2008 at 7:02 am

    my touch wont play video files, how do i crrect that?

    Richard  |  May 21st, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Does anyone found the terms of that 7$ contract on the Bell site. I really want to get one of there phone but I want to be sure that they wont just lock everything in a couple of months

    Thanks

    Richard

    joseph  |  May 24th, 2008 at 2:24 am

    need help cant watch you tube it says error please need helo

    HowardChui.com: Batteries&hellip  |  July 4th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

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    mr-scarface  |  August 20th, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Andrew,

    are you sure this version of the phone never came with Wifi? Do you have a link ?

    Kent  |  October 28th, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    I found a better keyboard.

    Google FlashKeys or here is the link.

    http://www.freewarepocketpc.net/ppc-download-flashkeys.html

    Kimberly Doiron  |  November 11th, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    The reception is terrible. The phone is useless for me. Anyone else noticed this?

    Unhappy  |  January 14th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    I got a HTC touch from Bell last March (2008 – 10 months ago) with a 90$ extra warranty service that they would replace the device if anything went wrong with it. The device was returned 3 times since then because it would just freeze. It was replaced twice, and last time it was brought back was about 3 months ago, and I’m still waiting for a replacement (back order they say), paying for services that I don’t use because I’m on a 2 year contract. I also have a blackberry which is virtually indestructable, and a little sony ericson 49$ dollar phone which I’ve had for about 3 years with no issues. IMHO, HTC touch sucks, so does Bell Mobility.

    Had telus htc touch.  |  March 3rd, 2009 at 12:43 am

    I have a old telus htc touch, now have a bell samsung phone.

    The old telus phone is no longer connected, fed up with days charges.

    The new bell phone is set up as a pre paid, with the $7 plan for my internet.

    I am able to use my htc to call my bell 1x internet network using DUN( Dial Up Network ) profile in bluetooth. First I pair both phones. Then I add a new modem connection to my samsung from my htc. done

    bell’s dial up Network number: #777

    your bell’s user name:
    yournumber@1x.bell.ca

    your bell password:
    original mail box password

    thanks
    again
    to all that made me aware of bell’s great rates, and telus<—Booo

    Had telus htc touch.  |  March 3rd, 2009 at 12:47 am

    oh yeah the last field is:
    1x.bell.ca

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