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    Airtel Introduces HTC Touch Diamond
       A Breakthrough in size, style, connectivity & overall user experience
    • The  HTC  Touch  Diamond  -  a  sleek  and  stylish  phone with a new captivating 3D touch interface called TouchFLO 3D
    • Touch  Diamond exclusively on Airtel’s state-of-the-art EDGE wireless network for seamless Internet and browsing experience
    • The  announcement marks HTC’s and Airtel’s successful partnership and strategic  intent  to  offer  a wider range of world-class devices in India
    • Touch  Diamond  includes  more  than  200  patents  showcasing  HTC’s leadership in innovation and technology
    • Touch  Diamond  includes  a  customized  new,  HTC-developed, YouTube application for watching a variety of user generated video content
    • Touch  Diamond includes one touch access to Airtel Live, the one stop shop for entertainment on mobile


    New  Delhi  (INDIA), May 22, 2008: HTC Corp. (TAIEX: 2498; "HTC"), a global leader  in  mobile  phone innovation and design, and Bharti Airtel, India’s leading  telecommunication  services  provider, today announced a strategic alliance  to  introduce  the  ground-breaking  HTC  Touch  Diamond in India exclusively  on  the  Airtel  network.  The  announcement  marks  HTC’s and Airtel’s successful partnership and strategic intent to offer a wider range of world-class devices in India.

    “The  Touch  Diamond  is  a  breakthrough  in  innovation  that  packs  the functionalities  of a complete phone and offers an entirely new Touchscreen and  mobile  Internet  and  browsing  experience for consumers, said, Peter Chou,  President & CEO, HTC Corp. He further added “The launch of the Touch Diamond  in  India  marks  a  new  era in mobile phone evolution which will further  catalyze  the  growth of Internet on mobile in the fastest growing telecom market in the world.”

    HTC’s  world-class  and  pioneering  device,  the  Touch  Diamond  will be exclusively  available  on  Airtel’s state-of-the-art EDGE wireless network and  comes  with  a  completely  new  browser that enables easy, one finger browsing  of Websites in the same way in which they are viewed on a PC.  As market  leader,  Airtel  has  been  at the forefront of bringing pioneering solutions   that  deliver  greater  value  and  enhance  the  communication experience  of  its  customers.  HTC  Touch  Diamond  on Airtel will be yet another  welcome  opportunity for the increasing number of mobile users who are having their first experience of entertainment on mobile.

    Announcing  the  launch of the HTC Touch Diamond in India, Mr. Syed Safawi, Executive  Director - Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel said, “Our partnership with  HTC  to introduce India’s First 3D touch interface called TouchFLO 3D featured  mobile phone underlines our commitment to innovation. We are very excited  at  the  opportunity  to bring to all Airtel users a best in class product  which  is  elegant, stylish and equipped to deliver a power packed performance. HTC Diamond will have one touch access to "Airtel Live" giving customers  an  easy  access to download a variety of Games, Pictures, Video Clips,  Movies,  Ringtones  etc. This phone will be available exclusively on Airtel."

    The  Touch  Diamond  takes  the touch screen experience to a completely new level  with  the most advanced touch technology - a three dimensional touch interface  called  the  TouchFLO™ 3D. In addition, HTC is introducing a new innovative  touch-sensitive control for interacting with Touch Diamond. The remarkable  phone  that  couples cutting edge design with the most advanced features  is  a  testament  to HTC’s heritage of innovation and design. The Touch  Diamond  is  the most advanced and sophisticated phone introduced by HTC and incorporates more than 200 patents.

    The  India  launch  is a part of the global launch of the device, which was unveiled  for  the  first  time  in  London earlier this month. TouchFLO 3D provides  animated  access  to  people,  messaging,  email,  photos, music,
    weather  and  more.  The  Touch  diamond  comes with a 2.8-inch display and provides  near-print  quality  viewing  of  photographs  and  a perfect Web browsing  experience.  The  built-in  camera includes an optical auto-focus lens that ensures clarity of images on a consistent level.

    Says  Sumeet  Gugnani,  Director,  Mobile Communication Business, Microsoft India   “We  are delighted to partner with HTC and Airtel to launch the new Touch  Diamond  in  India.  Embedded  with  Windows Mobile 6.1, this device offers  exceptional capabilities to manage office productivity while on the go.  The intelligent HTC Touch Diamond is a perfect blend of stylish design – with its large touch screen - and the powerful, user friendly features of Microsoft  Windows Mobile 6.1 software. Windows Mobile phones have received an overwhelming response from the market in India, and we believe that this new  good  looking  device  will  further  accelerate  the  success of this powerful  platform and enhance customers’ mobility experience manifold,” he further added.

    The Touch Diamond delivers an unrivalled combination of style, features and functionality  and  leverages the broad functionality of Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional which includes Outlook Mobile, Office Mobile, Windows Live and the capabilities to run thousands of third-party applications. Additionally the  Touch  Diamond  includes  a  customized  new,  HTC-developed,  YouTube application  for watching a variety of user generated video content as well as utilizing Google Maps for mobile for mapping and traffic data.

    Availability & Pricing:

    The HTC Touch™ will be available through Airtel in top 25 cities across the country  at  a Marketing Operating Price of Rs. 27,500.00 (inclusive of all taxes) and all authorized HTC resellers.

    About HTC:

    Founded  in  1997,  HTC  Corp.  (HTC)  designs,  manufactures  and  markets innovative, feature rich smartphone and PDA Phone devices.

    Since  its  establishment,  HTC  has  developed  strong  R&D  capabilities, pioneered   many   new   designs   and  product  innovations  and  launched state-of-the-art  PDA  Phones  and  smartphones  for  mobile  operators and distributors  in  Europe, the US, and Asia. These machines are available as HTC devices and as products individually customized for operator and device partners.

    HTC  is  one  of the fastest growing companies in the mobile device market. The  company  is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.
     


    About Bharti Airtel Limited:

    Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is India’s leading integrated telecom services provider with an aggregate of 64.26 million customers as of end of March 2008, consisting of 61.98 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel has been rated among the best performing companies in the world in the BusinessWeek IT 100 list 2007.

    Bharti Airtel is structured into three strategic business units – Mobile services, Telemedia services and Enterprise services. The mobile business provides mobile & fixed wireless services using GSM technology across 23 telecom circles. The Telemedia business provides broadband & telephone services in 94 cities and is foraying into the IPTV and DTH segments. The Enterprise services provide end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national & international long distance services to carriers. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtel’s high-speed optic fibre network currently spans over 73,787 kms covering all the major cities in the country. The company has two international landing stations in Chennai that connects two submarine cable systems – i2i to Singapore and SEA-ME-WE-4 to Europe. For more information, visit www.bhartiairtel.in



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