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When and Where Can You Buy the HTC Desire HD and Z Phones?

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Interested in getting one of the new HTC phones? Read on for some launch details in Europe and the US.

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Vodafone was first with support of the phones, announcing at the event that they would sell both the Desire HD and Desire Z from mid-October, in Europe. While they haven't announced tariffs, it's expected to be the usual free up-front phone, on monthly plans starting at around £30 (in the UK at least).

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TechRadar has reported that they've heard the Desire HD will be available on all of the UK networks except for O2, though that could change. T-Mobile has confirmed that they'll be selling the Desire HD from £40 a month—pricey, but then knowing from experience T-Mobile is generally pretty good at bargaining with.

Despite initial thoughts that these phones would be non-US launches, we heard from HTC US, who confirmed the Desire HD will be "shipping in North America later this year." No word on the Desire Z, but then it's far too similar to the G2 to warrant a launch there.

Back to the UK, and both phones will of course be sold through The Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U, plus Amazon, Play.com and various other online retailers. Amazon UK has confirmed it will cost £499 from October 18th, whereas Play.com has undercut them by £30, offering it for £470—with an earlier release date too, of October 11th.

The Desire Z is listed on Play.com for £430, with the same release date expected, and unfortunately Amazon hasn't improved its pricing for their offering of the Desire Z, which will cost £499 from the 18th.

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We've waiting to hear back from all the UK networks about pricing, but if anyone spots any more deals, do get in touch.

UPDATE: Clove.co.uk is going to sell the Desire HD for £493.50 and the Desire Z for £434.75.

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Handtec.co.uk will offer the Desire HD for £489.96 and the Desire Z for £433.56. While the exact release date isn't mentioned, they do say that stock is expecting "week commencing 4th October."

Expansys.com will have them in-store (online) for the 11th of October, with the Desire HD and Desire Z being £500 and £450 each.

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Readers Kieron and Ashley got in touch, and alerted us to the fact that Mobilefun.co.uk has the Desire HD for £460 from the 8th, and the Desire Z for £430.

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frankurd
Arggh! there goes a...snake a snake!

So the way contracts work in the UK is that ALL phones are free and the monthly charge is determined by the value of the phone? That makes sense because that's how they subsidize their phones but does this monthly charge then also includes voice/data or is that on top of the 30-40 pounds per month?