November 23, 2011

USA: MetroPCS to make the HTC Wildfire S available this week

US Cellular officially announced the HTC Wildfire S which will be available within this week. MetroPCS is pricing the handset at $179. For those who are interested, the carrier said that you can visit your nearest MetroPCS stores and check out what they have for the handset. They did not explicitly note that the handset will be available with a plan tied to it but I believe it will be. As a refresher, the HTC Wildfire S is the successor to the original Wildfire and features a 3.2" display, a 600MHz processor, Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, HTC Sense, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, 512MB of RAM, and  a 1,230 mAh battery. Head over the break to read MetroPCS' press release.

MetroPCS Says Hello to HTC Adding the Wildfire S™ to its Android Smartphone Line-up

DALLAS – (November 21, 2011) – MetroPCS Communications, Inc. (NYSE: PCS), and HTC Corporation (HTC) today introduced the HTC Wildfire S™, MetroPCS’ first Android smartphone provided by HTC. Available in MetroPCS stores and online this week, the stylish Android smartphone comes with HTC’s user-friendly HTC Sense, which makes it easy to personalize and navigate the device, along with quick access to the latest multimedia content.

With Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), the HTC Wildfire S packs a powerful smartphone experience, but with an affordable, compact and playful device with the unmatched value of no-annual contract service plans. Coming in a stylish white design, the HTC Wildfire S is created for social consumers, allowing them to easily stay connected with friends and family.

“As we continue to deliver Android for All to our customers, our partnership with HTC is yet another way we’re delivering today’s most advanced smartphones with the affordability and flexibility of our no-annual contract services,” said Tom Keys, president and chief operating officer of MetroPCS. “The HTC brand continues to increase in popularity given its high-quality, cutting-edge smartphones that allow consumers to do more while on the go. The HTC Wildfire S is a perfect example – a powerful, yet chic device that delivers the most of Android, while making it easier to enjoy the multimedia and entertainment consumers love.”

MetroPCS offers unmatched value with its $50 and $60 smartphone plans, which include all applicable taxes and regulatory fees. For just $60, consumers can choose between Rhapsody’s Unlimited Music or video entertainment with MetroSTUDIO™ – on top of unlimited Internet access, voice and texting services. With the vast music library provided by the new Rhapsody Unlimited Music service, music lovers can play, download or stream as many songs as they want, free from the per-track charges that come with most other music download services.

“Through our partnership with MetroPCS, we hope to continue providing our consumers with the affordable, yet advanced, smartphones and multimedia content they demand, all with the flexibility of a pay-in-advance service,.” said Martin Fichter, vice president, product management, HTC Americas.

HTC Sense is designed to enable the user to easily maneuver through the phone simply and naturally, in a way that’s intuitive and just makes sense. On the HTC Wildfire S, social networking is integrated into your contacts, so you can easily tag your friends in photos before posting them to Facebook or share your favorite apps at the touch of a button. And with its rear 5 megapixels color camera with flash and autofocus, capturing great images and video of friends and family has never been easier, allowing users to watch and view videos directly on the device’s 3.2” HVGA screen. In addition, the HTC Wildfire S is equipped with a 600 MHz processor and comes with fully customizable home screens, so you can add your favorite applications and widgets for even quicker social media access.

The HTC Wildfire S will be available for $179 plus tax. Consumers interested in purchasing the HTC Wildfire S can visit their local MetroPCS store or go online to purchase the phone and sign up for service.

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