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Sprint is selling the HTC Scribe pen for $39.99. For those that don’t know, the Scribe is HTC’s capacitive stylus for their tablet line. This includes the HTC Flyer, EVO View 4G on Sprint, and Jetstream on AT&T.
Sprint apparently is selling them off due to an over supply. The EVO View 4G, like most Flyer Wi-Fi units sold in the United States, lacked the Scribe. The Scribe was bundled with Jetstream and Flyer versions sold overseas.
The Scribe uses a single AAA battery, and offers buttons that allow for toggling different types of input. By being designed to communicate with HTC tablet displays, the Scribe has superior accuracy to third-party capacitive pens, such as ones used on other tablets.
Some report getting free shipping by calling in to Sprint, but shipping is $6.50 online. Even with shipping, it’s still cheaper than the standard retail prices, ranging from $50 to $60 for the pen. Sprint Retail Stores that we checked with are also varying in their willingness to price match. If Sprint.com won’t offer you free shipping when calling in, you may want to call your local Sprint Store and ask if they will price-match the pen.
You can also try in-store pickup with Best Buy, and price-matching to Sprint.com since that is national pricing, your mileage may vary there as well though.
Bottom line, the pricing for Scribes is now cheap enough that if you have taken advantage of near-$200 EVO View 4G no-contract pricing… you should get this pen. HTC gave us one, and it certainly makes for a better tablet experience.
Editor’s Note: It is worth noting that HTC has listed the Scribe as discontinued. It appears HTC may be moving away from Scribe, or to a different stylus technology, for its next generation of tablets.