Verizon to Sell HTC Android Phone for $99.99

Verizon Wireless said Thursday that it would sell an HTC Corp phone based on Google Android system for $99.99, potentially putting pressure on smaller carrier Sprint Nextel.

he device Droid Eris, which goes on sale Nov. 6, is very similar to HTC's Hero phone, which Sprint currently sells for $179.99, according to Sprint's website.

Don Ryan

The Droid Eris joins the Verizon Wireless Android phone line-up along with the heavily advertised Droid from Motorola , which also goes on sale Nov. 6. Motorola's Droid is also based on Google's operating system.

Verizon Wireless, a venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone,is looking to create a buzz around its phone range for the holiday season in the hope of winning back ground lost to AT&T, the exclusive U.S. provider for Apple's iPhone.