Metro PCS is the latest U.S. carrier to launch the HTC Wildfire S, making it the first HTC device to launch on the bargain network. The phone comes with a 600 MHz Qualcomm processor, a 3.2” HVGA display, 5 megapixel camera, 512MB RAM and 512MB internal memory, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and HTC Sense. The HTC Wildfire S isn’t among the best Android devices from HTC, but it is a solid performer when compared to other low-end Android devices from other OEMs.
If you happen to be a Metro PCS customer already and are looking for a great deal, the HTC Wildfire S can be yours for only $179, a good $70 less than what T-Mobile’s contract free pricing for the same exact phone. We know you guys aren’t big fans of low-end Android devices, but don’t you think a phone like the HTC Wildfire S would make a good stocking stuffer for a family member still rocking that silly flip phone that’s nearly a half decade old?
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 STM, 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 MetroSTUDIOTM – 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.