T-Mobile replaces Compact IV with... Compact V
Rebranded HTC Touch Diamond 2
Exactly one year to the day after T-Mobile launched its Compact IV smartphone, the network operator has unveiled the handset’s successor, called, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Compact V.
T-Mobile's Compact V: replaces the Compact IV
The Compact IV was a rebranded HTC Diamond, so it won’t surprise you to learn that the Compact V is a based on HTC's Diamond 2 – launched back in February at Mobile World Congress in Spain.
T-Mobile’s marketing the Compact V on its support for widgets because, apparently, it’s the first of its devices to “showcase internet on your phone with widgets”, which include eBay, BBC News and Twitter.
The phone has an integrated satnav feature and T-Mobile said it’ll reward the first 10,000 buyers that sign into an 18-month contract with free CoPilot satnav software for the same length of time.
Windows Mobile 6.5 support to come in September
Although sold running Windows Mobile 6.1, but the operator’s promised to enable upgrades to version 6.5 – hopefully for free – come September.
Equipped with a 3.2in touchscreen and 5Mp rear-mounted camera, the Compact V also supports MP3 audio.
T-Mobile will release the Compact V on 21 May, but you’ll have to stump up £50 ($75/€56) per month if you want the phone for free. ®
I think you'll find it is new customers they are aiming for. T-mobile UK is in the crap and need new revenues. The IV customers they have in the bag for around another six months as you pointed out, it's the people getting bum deals on other networks or needing a sweet enough incentive to move that they are after.
Due for an upgrade on 30 May and was going to upgrade to the Compact IV, but they'll probably discontinue that when the V comes out - and I'm not paying £50 a month for my contract and I don't want to pay for my phone
A year later?
So its one year on from the Compact IV - shame most people who will be interested in it immediately are on the 18 month contracts....!
As an owner of the Compact IV, I've gotta say... I want one, that is one sweet phone. Roll on upgrade time!!