HTC confirms low-end 8S not planned for the US
If you were looking for a low-end Windows Phone 8 experience from HTC, it looks like you may be out of luck, because HTC has confirmed that the HTC 8S is not planned for release in the USA. The logic behind the move makes some sense though, because Windows Phone 8 devices have already launched at a very competitive price point.
The premier Windows Phone handsets like the HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 920 launched at just $99, so it's hard to imagine that HTC would want to take away from those sales with a phone that would likely be given away free on-contract like the 8S. HTC said as much, but in a much more PR-friendly way by telling Engadget, "With our focus on the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, the Windows Phone 8S is not currently planned for distribution in the U.S. market."