HTC Rhyme Now Available From Verizon, Six-Armed Woman Included

The glowing charm phone aka the HTC Rhyme, is now available at Verizon for $199 on 2-year contract.  Clearly geared towards women, this phone comes with its own docking station, tangle-free earbuds, and snazzy charm notifier to let you know when you have an incoming call.  The specs won’t blow your mind, but they aren’t supposed to.  It’s all about style and function with this phone – a semi-bold new concept from any phone manufacturer.

Oh, and check out this new commercial that just went live.  It’s…well, I don’t want to spoil it and will just ask that you watch it yourselves.    (more…)

Download: HTC Rhyme Wallpapers, Ringtones and Boot Animation

The HTC Rhyme will land on Verizon store shelves this Thursday as one of the more female-friendly phones we have ever seen.  It’s a mid-range phone for the most part, but HTC assured all of us that the goal here was to focus on style and functionality rather than next-gen specs.  After you take a look at the wallpapers included, you’ll quickly realize that they weren’t messing around.  These might be some of the best we have seen from a phone in a long time.   (more…)

RUUs for Both the HTC Vigor and Bliss on Verizon Leak

Last week, the media file (wallpapers, ringtones, etc.) was pulled from an HTC Vigor RUU and given to the Android community to enjoy.  This weekend thanks to JoelZ9614 and Football, the full RUU for it (Rezound?) and the HTC Rhyme (Bliss) leaked which means Sense 3.5 ROMs from these devices will be here in no time.  Both files are well over 400MB, so if you want them, prepare to wait a while as the download links below are surely getting hammered at this very moment.

Download:  Bliss | Vigor

If you aren’t familiar with unpacking RUUs, hang tight, and someone will complete the task before long.

XDA:  Bliss | Vigor

Cheers Smokeey and suprafreak1000!

New HTC Sense 3.5 Devices Like the Rhyme Will Receive Bonus 3GB of Dropbox Storage

In addition to the free 2GB of storage that users receive when signing up for popular cloud storage service Dropbox, owners of new HTC Sense 3.5 devices – like the Rhyme – will get an additional 3GB for free. There are a variety of cloud services tied to other operating systems and phones, so this newly formed partnership between Dropbox and HTC simply makes sense.  While it’s not the 25GB that Windows Phone 7 users get with Skydrive, it’s at least a step in the right direction.  Our lives are revolving more and more around cloud storage these days; it’s about time an Android phone manufacturer did something on this front.

And not that we have confirmation on this, but it’s pretty unlikely that older phones like the Thunderbolt or Incredible 2 will receive this added bonus or Sense 3.5.  HTC definitely hasn’t show that it is the type of company to work backwards with its Sense skin.  The funny thing is, Sense 3.5 is clearly able to run on lower-end phones (single-core processor, 768MB of RAM, etc), but will likely only see it on new phones going forward.

Via:  Pocket Lint

HTC Rhyme Officially Announced, Headed Exclusively to Verizon on September 29

A pre-order for the HTC Rhyme is starting exclusively at Target on September 21, but HTC just announced that it’s actually going to be available in stores on September 29, next Thursday.  The device, sporting a 3.7″ WVGA display, single-core 1GHz processor, 5MP rear camera, front camera for video chatting and Sense 3.5 can be had for $199 on a new 2-year contract.  Seems steep for a single-core phone without 4G LTE?  Well, HTC is throwing in a docking station, charm indicator, and tangle-free earbuds into the box, three accessories that would normally run you upwards of $50.  No Beats by Dre integration and possibly a non-removable battery – interesting.

For a whole bunch of videos and pictures, hit the jump.   (more…)

HTC Rhyme in Plum Available for Pre-order at Target September 21, Illuminating Charm Included

The HTC Rhyme (formerly known as the Bliss) will be available for pre-order at indirect Target outlets this Wednesday, September 21.  The device, which is clearly being targeted at women, will come in “plum” instead of that awful chewed-seaweed green that we once saw it in.  It will have the fancy little charm dangly thingy so that you will know when your phone is ringing or has just received a message while in your purse.  There will be “tangle free” headphones tossed in and a new-school docking station that we have not seen for any other HTC device in the past.

Update:  We initially thought this would just go out to indirect Verizon stores, but after seeing the sign-up page go live just minutes ago, we are now thinking this will be a much bigger release.

The specs won’t blow you away, but aren’t awful:  3.7″ display, front and rear cameras, and Android 2.3. Pre-orders will begin on Wednesday the 21st for $50 and there is a better-than-average chance of announcement for the phone at tomorrow’s HTC event in NYC.  The colors of the press invitation certainly would lead us to believe it’s going down.   (more…)

HTC Rhyme and Samsung Stratosphere in Verizon’s Device Management, Pantech Breakout is Just $149 on Contract

Both the HTC Rhyme and Samsung Stratosphere are now appearing in Verizon’s Device Management system, a sign that they are more than just vapor.  The Stratosphere – a device expected to be like the Epic 4G with slideout keyboard – is confirmed as having 4G LTE radios and no global roaming.  The Rhyme on the other hand is just 3G, but could be a girl-friendly device with Beats by Dre audio.  Each of these devices is looked at as being mid-range.

And speaking of mid-range, we have official pricing for the Pantech Breakout below.   (more…)