Is it just me or has Rogers Wireless suddenly gone decidedly high-end with its cell phone offerings? Going even further upscale, Rogers Wireless has announced that it will be carrying the ultrapowerful and ultraportable HTC Shift UMPC. It’s not exactly a cell phone, but it does have a cellular connection on board for voice calls and data purposes.
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Also known as the HTC X9501, the HTC Shift should be available now through Rogers Wireless. We heard earlier that Rogers would be selling this device for $1499, but it turns out that the initial launch price will be $1599.99. You have to sign up for a three-year contract on a minimum $50 Flex Rate Data Plan to buy the Shift at that price. Wow, that’s still really expensive! Full retail is $2,099.00.