Canada's Virgin Mobile Launches the HTC Legend


The HTC Legend has been one of our favorite phones to come out of the Taiwanese manufacturer this year. (Read our full review) Its unibody aluminum construction, the new Sense UI, optical trackpad, gorgeous AMOLED screen, 5MP camera, speedy processor … the list goes on. Only problem's been that it's kept itself out of North America — until now. Canada's Virgin Mobile network has scored it for $79 with a three-year (Canadian standard) contract and data plan at $50 a month. Welcome to the new world, little Legend. Now let's work our way south into the States, eh?

Press Release

Virgin Mobile Canada the first in North America to launch the
                        HTC Legend Android smartphone

June 11 /CNW/ - Wanna try out a phone that's truly legendary? In a North  American first, today Virgin Mobile added the new HTC Legend phone to its stellar line-up. Accelerating onto a speedy network that's sure to rev your  engine, the HTC Legend is the first Virgin Mobile phone powered by the open-source  Android platform.
In true Virgin style, Virgin Group Chairman Sir Richard Branson launched the HTC Legend phone with a "Legends Go-Kart Race", burning some rubber against racing legend Alex Tagliani  and hockey legend Vincent Lecavalier. Following a photo finish, Virgin  Mobile unveiled the HTC Legend phone. To celebrate the launch, HTC Corporation ("HTC") donated $50,000 to Virgin Unite's RE*Generation Movement - a movement that's racing to end youth  homelessness in Canada - in the name of Alex Tagliani,  winner of today's go-kart challenge.

"I'm thrilled to be here today not only to race against some of Canada's top legends, but also to unveil another Legend - the new  Android smartphone from HTC," said Richard Branson, Chairman of the Virgin Group. "With our first Android powered phone, Virgin Mobile Canada is racing past the competition, offering Canadians even more reasons to move to the mobile  company that they love with Canada's biggest super-speedy network(1)."

As the checkered flag was waved, Branson also issued a challenge to  all Canadians to bring their HSPA phones over to Virgin Mobile. "I welcome  any Canadian with the need for speed who's looking for more from their  mobile company to come over to us and become a Virgin Mobile Member," Branson continued. "In fact, for the rest of June, Canadians who bring their  HSPA 3G + phone over to our network can go to a Virgin Mobile store or The  Source and they'll get their SIM card from us for free and we'll cover the  activation charge!"

To find out if their phone is compatible to bring over to Virgin  Mobile and take advantage of the offer, Canadians can check for more details.

"Earlier this year, we promised to deliver more phones, more benefits and more services to our Members," said Robert Blumenthal, President, Virgin Mobile Canada. "With everything from access to the hottest events to plans that fit  your needs and now our first Android phone, we're keeping our promise. We're  very excited to be the first in North America to offer the new HTC Legend and look forward to adding even more of the  latest phones to our lineup throughout the year."

A North American First

The HTC Legend uses the Android 2.1 platform with the HTC Sense(TM) experience that intuitively organizes all of your communication by  friends, family and colleagues, putting people rather than technology at the  centre. It comes packed with a 5.0 megapixel camera with flash, an easy-to-use  touchscreen and supports a wide range of widgets and apps so that you can customize  your phone to fit your needs.

"Today, we're not only unveiling the latest HTC phone but we're also starting a new partnership adding Virgin Mobile as a carrier," said Francois Gravel, Managing Director for HTC in Canada. "The HTC Legend smartphone is perfect for Virgin Mobile's Members - letting them connect to their friends wherever they are and however they  want. Plus, its sleek design, machined from a solid block of aluminum, is made  for mobile users who see their phone as an accessory as much as a  necessity."

While the HTC Legend phone made its pit stop in Montreal today, the new smartphone is now available across Canada for $79.99 with a three-year plan from Virgin Mobile retail locations, The Source, T-Booth, Wireless Wave and online  at

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