June 26, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
The HTC Hero, slated for European release next month, will be coming to the United States in 2009. The carrier who offers it has yet to be determined, but rumors suggest that the Hero could be headed for service on Sprint.
PhoneNews reports that unnamed sources have revealed that Sprint is performing internal testing on the Hero, putting Sprint at the head of the pack of possible U.S. carriers for HTC’s new phone.
During the Hero press event, HTC revealed that a “distinct North American version” would be available towards the end of 2009. Distinct could mean anything, including working on the CDMA network used by Sprint rather than the GSM used by current Hero carriers Orange and T-Mobile UK.
T-Mobile’s Android-heavy slate might make it too busy to offer the Hero and AT&T is half-hearted about Android. It could be Verizon, who have a reputation of asking manufacturers to provide “distinct” versions, but Sprint appears to be the frontrunner for now.