Telstra has announced the availability of the HTC Desire S smartphone, the successor to its most popular Android handset, the HTC Desire, on its $59 Freedom Connect plan and the new Wildfire S is coming in July for $360 outright.
Telstra first announced its intention to offer the Desire S back in February, but at the time did not indicate pricing.
The Desire S will be available from the end of May for $5 a month on the $59 Freedom Connect plan over 24 months. This plan offers $550 worth of calls, 1.5GB of data and unlimited text messages.
The first-generation HTC Desire was launched in April last year, and according to Telstra’s director of mobile products, Andrew Volard, will be withdrawn from sale and replaced with the Desire S.
“We’re very excited about the Desire S as the first Desire was our most popular Android handset,” Volard said.
HTC Australia and New Zealand country manager, Ben Hodgson, said the Desire S is ideal for people who want a premium Android smartphone experience while the Wildfire S is affordable and compact.
Hodgson said the battery life – one of the biggest criticisms of the first Desire – has been improved in the Desire S which should “last all day”.
The Desire S specs include a 1GHz processor, five megapixel camera, 720p HD video recording, a 3.7-inch 480x800 touch screen, microSD card slot and weighs in at 130 grams.
The Wildfire S features a 600MHz processor, five megapixel camera, 3.2-inch 320x480 touch screen, microSD card slot and weighs 105 grams.
Both handsets run Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’, a first at Telstra, and they are exclusive to Telstra’s network.
Volard could not say what type of post-paid plan the Wildfire S will be available on when it is available from July 19.
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