We're receiving a lot of tips from our readers confirming that the HTC Hero is available for purchase right now. We've previously reported on Best Buy offering the Hero to their Reward Zone customers before the October 11th release date and that Sprint Telesales was selling them as well. But it now looks like Sprint Retail Stores are joining in the fun in offering the HTC Hero early. Some customers are receiving phone calls telling them that their Hero was available for pick up while others are simply walking in the store and being offered the phone.

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If you're really interested in getting a HTC Hero we suggest you call your local Sprint Retail store for more information. We're crossing our fingers for you guys!

a BIG thanks to Maroot and all our readers for the tip!