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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by RedlightG20, Nov 18, 2009.

  1. RedlightG20

    RedlightG20 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Not sure if anyone else saw this.


    No info there except that it should be coming before new years...


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  2. Caddyman

    Caddyman Android Expert

    i would venture to guess that is not an official site. the domain registar is not who either htc or vzw use.
  3. RedlightG20

    RedlightG20 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I have my doubts too--the quality of that image isn't very good (look closely, it's very pixelated around the text--not very professional).

    And the fact that this is up before any kind of official announcement from VZW is a bit strange. But on the other hand, this is exactly how the Droid stuff got started--a simple webpage with little to no info until the major advertising blitz started.

    Also, the domain was registered back in September of this year. Pretty convenient.
  4. Caddyman

    Caddyman Android Expert

    like above, it very well may be a marketing ploy. if it were the registar makes no difference cause an outside firm does the marketing. also the domain is private, one thing that outs viral campaigns faster then anything is having your marketing firm info on the domain whois.

    good idea redlight.
  5. skiindude33

    skiindude33 Lurker

    I'd say definitely fake. If you view the page source, it literally just contains:

    <div align="center">
    <img src="http://htcpassion.com/htcpassion.jpg" />

    ...no doctype or body tags or anything. No legitimate company would ever put out something like that, even if they were just trying to throw something up.
  6. Caddyman

    Caddyman Android Expert

    They can do any crazy thing if it's a viral attempt. then again, nothing very viral about a blank page with a picture....lol
  7. anexanhume

    anexanhume Member

    If you go to htcdesire.com, it has more content, but was registered near the same time and has its owner protected by the same service. (the whois information looks identical except the dates).

    htcdesire has a forum link that links here. It looks like a fan site.
  8. kyler13

    kyler13 Android Expert

    Someone should contact Verizon or HTC about this website. They'll give you one of two responses: 1) yes it's bogus, or 2) can't confirm or deny. I mean, technically it has their logo which is trademarked. They could legally have it taken down.
  9. xclr82xtc

    xclr82xtc Well-Known Member

    Registration Service Provided By: NameCheap.com
    Contact: [​IMG]

    Domain name: htcpassion.com

    Registrant Contact:
    WhoisGuard Protected ()

    8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #110 - 732
    Westchester, CA 90045

    Administrative Contact:
    WhoisGuard Protected ([​IMG])
    Fax: +1.6613102107
    8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #110 - 732
    Westchester, CA 90045

    Technical Contact:
    WhoisGuard Protected ([​IMG])
    Fax: +1.6613102107
    8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd. #110 - 732
    Westchester, CA 90045

    Status: Locked

    Name Servers:

    Creation date: 16 Sep 2009 22:25:01
    Expiration date: 16 Sep 2010 22:25:01

    ICANN Registrar:
    ENOM, INC.




    Registrar Status:

    Name Server:
    NS1.MADE2OWN.COM (has 2,151 domains)

    NS2.MADE2OWN.COM (has 2,151 domains)

    Whois Server:

    General TLDs:
    [​IMG] hTcpAssion.com (registered and active website)

    [​IMG] hTcpAssion.net (registered and no website)

    [​IMG]hTcpAssion.org (never registered before)

    [​IMG]hTcpAssion.biz (never registered before)

    [​IMG]hTcpAssion.info (never registered before)

    [​IMG]hTcpAssion.us (never registered before)


    Server Type:

    IP Address: Whois | Reverse-IP | Ping | DNS Lookup | Traceroute

    IP Location:
    [​IMG] - Florida - Orlando - Hostdime.com Inc

    Response Code:

    Domain Status:
    Registered And Active Website
  10. xclr82xtc

    xclr82xtc Well-Known Member

    this site ip also host a site known as HTCozone.com

    but thats just server info.. im doing more research
  11. gbelste

    gbelste Newbie

    I emailed VZW about the website. Their response:

    Currently we have no information in regards to the HTC Passion or the website which you mentioned. We thank you for contacting Verizon Wireless.
  12. xclr82xtc

    xclr82xtc Well-Known Member

    just means they have no new information about it...didnt say anything about not knowing about it..
  13. minor

    minor Lurker

    htcpassion.com is up! I just found out from androidandme.com

    It's only a Verizon logo with the word 'passion' next to it, for now. However, underneath that, it says "coming holidays 2009".

    I had quite the nerdgasm :D Could this confirm the rumored mid-December release date? I sure hope so..
  14. vzwfanboy

    vzwfanboy Newbie

    This link has already been posted and saidto be false
  15. skiindude33

    skiindude33 Lurker

    I'm a little confused, did you entirely miss the fact that this thread was created more than a week ago about the link you just posted? I mean... really?
  16. king

    king Newbie

    yep, +1:eek:
  17. Aerimus

    Aerimus Well-Known Member

    Guys, srsly. This site has been online for quite a while....and has been shown to be fake, many times. It is beyond me how androidandme.com JUST found this and are actually reporting it as newsworthy.
  18. wonderbread

    wonderbread Android Enthusiast

    Totally for crap journalism but in the best case it will put added pressure on htc/vzw to make some statements or leak SOMETHING about this phone.
  19. Doit2it

    Doit2it Android Expert

    OK, I know this "fake" website has gotten our attention again because some of the blogs have seen it now.

    My question is, if this website was created on September 16, 2009, when was the 1st we heard of the HTC Dragon/Passion? The 1st I heard of it was the October 16th external picture release on Unlocker. The earliest article I can find is October 2nd DroidDog screen shot leak.

    Also, here is Reignzone's post on the XDA forums talking about his leak.

    Was there any news or leaks before October 2nd?
    If not, with the website being created on Sept 16th, it may be legit.

    Any input?
  20. gbelste

    gbelste Newbie

    That was the same date that Phandroid released an article about it, apparently.
  21. Doit2it

    Doit2it Android Expert

    OK, I found it! You were right. Phandroid Passion article on Sept 16th right here.

    Looks like it probably is a fake website!

    Oh well, I'll keep waiting for legit news.
  22. CSTblank

    CSTblank Member

    I would gather, that it is in fact a fake. :(

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