Vodafone has confirmed that it will no longer be stocking the HTC HD2 in the UK despite the fact that the handset has only been available for a month.
The statement cites the “early 2010” arrival of the iPhone 3G S, as well as “a wide and expanding range of smartphones” as the reason for the HD2’s withdrawal from the network.
Rumours on the Vodafone Forum suggested that the supply issue was temporary and that more would be on the way, but we now have an official statement to the contrary.
“We won’t be re-stocking the HTC HD2 for general consumer sales once our current devices sell out. There’s been a great deal of interest since we made the HTC HD2 available to buy in November and our initial supply quickly sold out. With subsequent deliveries of stock we’ve prioritised the fulfilment of back orders for the device.”
Customers with handsets on order will be breathing a sigh of relief at the news that they will still receive the Sense-equipped, Windows Mobile 6.5-packing, uber smartphone but we’re a little perplexed at the move.
Vodafone is one of the few networks (worldwide) with the handset currently available so to give up the HD2 so early in the game is a little strange. We imagine that T-Mobile and O2 are both none-too sad to hear the news as they’re offering it still for free on 24-month contracts with a £35 commitment.