Adding to their announcement about bringing aboard the LG Optimus Slider
, Virgin Mobile is really handing a one-two punch today to its competition as they’re also officially introducing the HTC Wildfire S
to its lineup.
Actually, Virgin Mobile will start offering the HTC Wildfire S in white
though RadioShack, and silver
paint job through Best Buy starting on October 23rd
. Interestingly enough, it’s worth pointing out that the silver colored version of the handset is exclusive to Virgin Mobile only – with both going on sale for the respectable no-contract pricing of $199.99
Just like the other versions we’ve seen already, the HTC Wildfire S features a 3.2” HVGA display, 600MHz processor, 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with flash, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, and the HTC Sense experience running on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Taking into account that this is an under $200 device that doesn’t require you to sign a lengthy 2-year contract, it should easily capture the attention of many consumers since it’s undeniably affordable.
source: Virgin Mobile
+- Press Release
WARREN, N.J. – Sept. 30, 2011 – Virgin Mobile USA strengthens its Android™-powered smartphone lineup with the upcoming availability of the HTC Wildfire S™ in Silver at Best Buy® and White at RadioShack® built for consumers looking to express their personal style without a contract. The HTC Wildfire S in Silver is exclusive to Virgin Mobile. Social networkers and app users will enjoy the bright screen of the HTC Wildfire S and access to the Android Market. The HTC Wildfire S will be available Oct. 23 at Best Buy and RadioShack for $199.99.
“The HTC Wildfire S is the first HTC smartphone on Virgin Mobile and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the Wildfire S™ to our customers,” said Mark Lederman, Business Line director, Virgin Mobile USA. “It is an attractive, easy-to-use and fast smartphone perfect for both the technically savvy and those looking to make the leap to a smartphone for the first time.”
Martin Fichter, president of HTC Americas, said, “The HTC Wildfire S is a compact and playful smartphone offering a unique silver color exclusive to Virgin Mobile customers. HTC offers intuitive and powerful technology for the smart consumer and that perfectly aligns with Virgin Mobile.”
Virgin Mobile USA Beyond Talk plans start at just $35 a month for 300 minutes of voice and include unlimited messaging and data. For those looking for a bit more talk time the $45 plan offers 1,200 minutes of voice, and the $55 plan offers unlimited voice minutes each month. All plans include unlimited messaging and data.
HTC Wildfire S offers users:
- Color options of White (RadioShack) or Silver (Best Buy)
- 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen
- 5MP camera with flash
- 3G and Wi-Fi capability
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
- 600MHz processor
- HTC Sense – HTC’s custom-built experience, which puts information most important front and center by providing further customizable widgets and applications.
HTC Wildfire S comes preloaded with the Virgin Mobile Live 2.0 social networking lifestyle application used to access the Virgin Mobile branded music stream, hosted by DJ Abbey Braden. The app also provides users of Android-powered devices free access to live music performance videos and "check in" features at special events. All status updates made using the app will also sync with Facebook® and Twitter®.
The previously announced decision to reduce throughput speeds when any Beyond Talk customer reaches 2.5GB of data usage within a current monthly cycle has been postponed to 2012.
ABOUT VIRGIN MOBILE USA
Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint's prepaid brands, offers millions of customers control, flexibility and connectivity through Virgin Mobile's Beyond Talk™ No Contract plans with unlimited data for mobile phone service including Android-powered smartphones and prepaid Broadband2Go high-speed Web access. Virgin Mobile branded devices are available at more than 40,000 retail stores, including Target, Walmart, Best Buy and RadioShack. Top-Up cards are available at approximately 150,000 locations nationwide and can be used for Assurance Wireless and Broadband2Go services. Purchase and experience Virgin Mobile on the Web and at Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and www.virginmobileusa.com.
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative devices that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.