It's been pretty much taken for granted for some time now, but today Sprint, the US operator of the Palm Pre, has confirmed that it will be stocking the HTC Hero in October.

The handset, that is already available in the UK will come with the same feature set as the UK version, however it's altered to work on the Sprint network losing its trademark chin in the process.

The HTC Hero will be offered for $179.99 with a 2-year contract through all Sprint sales channels beginning 11 October.

When Pocket-lint reviewed the phone back in July we said:

"Overall the Hero lives up to it's name: it's an easy to use device that out-of-box delivers much of the connected experience that other phones will have you scrabbling around to find apps for. Tying together contacts with your social networks is great and brings a sense of completeness.