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Virgin Mobile Officially Announces the HTC Wildfire S

Following the announcement of their LG Optimus Slider, Virgin Mobile’s introducing their version of the HTC Wildfire S.  It’s nothing out of the ordinary and it’s the same exact phone as the version announced back in February (we’ll get you a rundown of specs in just a second). They’re bringing this to market October 23rd for $200 and they only mentioned Best Buy and RadioShack as places to buy. Here are those specs we promised you:

  • 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, 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • HTC Sense – HTC’s custom-built experience, which puts information most important front and center by providing further customizable widgets and applications.

We’re sure there’ll be a few souls waiting to pick this one up. Read ahead for full press details.

The HTC Wildfire S Marks the First HTC Smartphone for Virgin Mobile USA; Brings Stylish Options in Silver and White

WARREN, N.J. (BUSINESS WIRE), September 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 Sin 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 atFacebookTwitterYouTube and www.virginmobileusa.com.

About HTC

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.

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  • Dia Mortensen

    Seems like VM mobile is taking a step back with this phone. Aside from the camera, I can’t see how this is any better than the Optimus V, which is a great mid tier phone. I will say I’m glad VM is adding more Android to their line-up.

    • lynyrd65

      some people love sense.

    • duong ngo

      Optimus V has a slower processor. I am not talking about speed. The wildfire is running an underclock S2

  • mcydeeze

    Nice to see VM expanding their lineup, but….seems like the Triumph is the better option.

    • W P

      Just to inform you that the Triumph is bigger and newer but I believe the tethering has been disabled. The Optimus V allows for unlimited tethering

  • bb6h22lude4

    is this Virgin Mobile USA? Or Virgin Mobile Canada? Would be nice if for the states. In Canada, Virgin Mobile has way better phones than we do down here. i believe they even have an iphone. The best they offer here is the Motorola Triumph and it’s $300 & it’s not even a original design by them. It’s nice to see more androids coming to more prepaid carriers. Will this phone really be running Sense? i believe every android on Virgin Mobile is vanilla android cuz they even said that they want it like that so the consumer can customize it any way they like.

    • lynyrd65

      its fer ‘merica.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Cammack/100001241113135 Christopher Cammack

    Is it just me, but didn’t Virgin Mobile say a few weeks ago that all their Android phones will be running stock android?

  • Jomo

    They Should have upgraded the LG Optimus Slider processor to 800 megahertz, the screen to 3.5 inches and the camera from 3.2 megapixels 5.0 Megapixel. Am I right or am I right???