The HTC Rhyme is a midrange Android-powered smartphone aimed primarily at women and girls. The device was announced last month for Verizon in the US, and was supposed to make it to the UK this month.
You should have been able to pick one up SIM-free starting on October 7. O2 also should have started selling it on October 17. But here we are on October 25, and none of those things has happened. MobileFun, the independent third-party retailer that started taking pre-orders for the Rhyme with an October 7 shipping date now lists the handset only as “available soon”. Of course you can still pre-order the smartphone, but it’s unclear when you’ll receive it. Other well known retailers of SIM-free mobile phones also don’t list any prospective shipping date for the Rhyme.
And there’s no sign of the HTC Rhyme being in stock at O2. So these things naturally have us thinking that the HTC Rhyme has been delayed in the UK, and possibly even in other parts of the world. There has been no official communication from HTC on the matter, but we’ll let you know if we learn anything new. Until then, it’s safe to say that you’re still in for some solid waiting if you were tempted by the Rhyme.