Bell drops HTC Legend due to supply constraints
The HTC Legend has only been available in Canada on Bell for a couple of months. And now it faces ‘end-of-life’ status.
According to a leaked internal Bell memo, “due to ongoing supply constraints from the manufacturer, the HTC Legend for Bell is effective immediately being discontinued”. Bell employees are advised to redirect customers wishing to purchase the HTC Legend to their “terrific line-up of Android smartphones”.
So, the HTC Legend will no longer be available on Bell, and if you wanted one and talk to a Bell employee about it, they’ll suggest you buy another Android-powered smartphone, perhaps the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant.
If you desperately want a Legend in Canada, Virgin Mobile apparently still have it, but they’ve just upped its price from $79.99 to $99.99 with a new 3-year contract.
There’s no word on whether the HTC Legend will continue to be supported with software updates for those who have already bought one from Bell. Hopefully that will be the case.
As for the reasoning behind this, it is rather strange. Is it possible that HTC are facing such enormous demand for their smartphones (especially at the top of the line) that they’re unable to ramp up production to the necessary levels? Or could this be another key component shortage, like in the case of AMOLED displays?
From where I’m standing, it could be either, or perhaps HTC themselves are slowly preparing to end the Legend’s glorious life.