It's official, folks - the HTC Hero is hitting Sprint on October 11th.  It's going to be $179.99 (take that, Pre) after instant and mail-in rebates.

Crazily enough, the image on HTC's homepage looks very similar to the chin-less Hero we saw earlier this week. Despite the different looks, all your Hero features are here, most importantly a 3.5mm headset jack and the HTC Sense UI.

If you're interested, you can 'pre register' for the phone at Sprint, though all you're really signing up for here is an email version of what we just told ya.

Guys - Android is about to be on multiple carriers in the US.  This is a big deal for the platform.

Anybody out there switching to Sprint for this little puppy

Sprint Press Release