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Rogers Wireless First to Introduce Groundbreaking HTC Shift Mobile Computer in Canada

May 22, 2008

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    World's first mobile computer with push email combines the power of
    Windows Vista and the speed of Canada's most reliable wireless network

    TORONTO, May 22 /CNW/ - Rogers Wireless, the leading wireless carrier in
Canada, and HTC Corp., a global leader in smartphone design and manufacturing,
today announced that the world's first mobile PC with push email - the HTC
Shift™ - mobile computer will be released in Canada by Rogers Wireless, on
Canada's fastest mobile network from the people that built Canada's most
reliable network.
    The state-of-the-art HTC Shift X9501 is a pure data powerhouse that gives
customers the best of all worlds; power and familiarity of Windows Vista, the
comfort and ease of touch screen technology via the Microsoft Origami™
Experience 2.0, and the impressive speed of the Rogers 3G HSPA (High Speed
Packet Access) network for an unmatched mobile computing experience that can
be used seamlessly around the globe. With a sleek design that is half the size
and a fraction of the weight of a standard notebook, the HTC Shift X9501
combines extreme portability with cutting-edge software like HTC SnapVUE™,
which gives customers instant access to true push email and SMS with up to
three days of battery life.
    "Rogers Wireless is committed to providing our customers with the very
best in innovative mobile devices and services to help them save time," said
Mansell Nelson, Vice President, Business Product Management, Rogers Wireless.
"The HTC Shift brings together great design, intuitive software and amazing
connectivity, all running on Canada's fastest mobile network to deliver a
compelling solution for our customers that are on the go."
    "We are proud to be partnering with Rogers Wireless to bring the HTC
Shift to our valued Canadian customers," said Jason Mackenzie, Vice President,
HTC America. "The combination of Rogers' exclusive HSPA network and our
cutting edge computer results in a powerful mobile solution that will keep
busy professionals in Canada connected wherever they may be."

    Device Features

    The Shift is the first device to feature HTC's innovative SnapVUE™
technology. SnapVUE provides instant access to emails, calendar, SMS messages
and contacts, without the need to fully boot up the computer, which helps
conserve power and extend battery life and most importantly, saves users'
valuable time. Also a great multimedia companion, the HTC Shift utilizes
Windows Media Player 11 to provide easy access to music, videos and photos.
Other features include:-   7" touch sensitive 'slide-n-tilt' screen

    -   Windows Vista Business edition

    -   Front Facing camera for video conferencing

    -   Biometric finger print scanner

    -   40-gigabyte hard drive

    -   Light weight at 1.8 pounds

    -   Integrated 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi connectivity

    -   Operates on the Rogers Wireless network and Tri-band HSPA

    -   Bluetooth® 2.0Additionally, Rogers and HTC will deliver a software update to customers
within three months, which will enable GPS connectivity and robust map and
navigation capabilities through TeleNav.

    Pricing and Availability

    The HTC Shift X9501 will be available for purchase in Canada on May 22nd
exclusively at select Rogers Wireless retail locations for the promotional
price of $1,599.99 based on a three year term with a minimum $50 Flex Rate
Data Plan. For more information on the HTC Shift, please visit

    About Rogers Wireless

    Rogers Wireless provides wireless voice and data communications services
across Canada to more than 7.4 million customers under both the Rogers
Wireless and Fido brands. Proven to operate Canada's most reliable wireless
voice and data communications network, Rogers Wireless is Canada's largest
wireless provider and the only carrier operating on the global standard GSM
and highly advanced HSPA technology platforms. In addition to providing
seamless roaming in more than 200 countries with its GSM based services,
Rogers Wireless also provides wireless broadband services across Canada
utilizing its 2.5GHz fixed wireless spectrum. Rogers Wireless is a subsidiary
of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), a diversified Canadian
communications and media company. For further information, please visit

    About HTC

    Founded in 1997, HTC Corp. (HTC) designs, manufactures and markets
innovative, feature-rich smartphone and PDA phone devices. Since its
establishment, HTC has developed strong R&D capabilities, pioneered many new
designs and product innovations, and launched state-of-the-art PDA phones and
smartphones for mobile operators and distributors in Europe, the U.S., and
Asia. These machines are available as HTC devices and as products individually
customized for operator and device partners. HTC is one of the fastest-growing
companies in the mobile device market. The company is listed on the Taiwan
Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit

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