The sim-free version of the HTC Hero has already been released in a number of European countries (UK and Netherlands). We heard yesterday, that Germany will be receiving the phone in the first week of August and it looks like it’ll be the same for Belgium.
Retailer astel.be has the HTC Hero dated for release on 7th August for €469.90. They even promise delivery for Saturday 8th August if you pre-order! Slowly but surely, the phone is starting to be released in all markets.