MobileSyrup got a tip that the HTC Legend with Bell Mobility has reached its "end of life", due to "ongoing supply constraints." I wrote about the launch of the HTC Legend on Bell two months ago, back in mid June. A life span of this short is rare, and the photo indicates that the reason for "end of life" is attributed not to a lack of sales, but to shortages of the handset. Sound familiar?
MobileSyrup mentions that the picture tells employees to direct customers seeking an HTC Legend "to Bell’s terrific line-up of Android smartphones”… so basically saying we don’t offer the Legend anymore, but do have the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant."
TalkAndroid believes that the discontinuation of the mid-low end spec handset, even though it had a "nice looking design", is not going to affect too many people, and will only be missed for a short time.
MobileSyrup writes about the future of the handset:
Virgin just increased the price of the Legend from $79.99 to $99.99 on a 3-year. Plus there’s no word on what’s going to happen to current Bell Legend clients and future OS updates.
Android Central adds that Bell's dropping of the handset does not spell "the end of the Legend in North America; it's still available on Virgin Mobile Canada. Let's hope that Bell still feels an obligation to support this far-from-obsolete device for a long time to come."
I know and have seen several people with a Legend, so I know that it was fairly popular. I would've liked a similarly designed phone with some higher specs, like a higher res screen and a more powerful processor, but maybe I will get lucky and HTC will make a successor to this phone.
I anticipate that Bell will not be the only carrier dropping AMOLED handsets out of their line-up due to supply constraints. The question is, which phone is next?
Image from MobileSyrup