Australia’s Telstra is getting its first pre-paid Android phone in the form of the HTC Wildfire starting August 24th, although it will also be available to customers with standard contracts as well. Pre-paid customers will be able to buy the Wildfire for about $317 US dollars, and will come in either “pure white” and “phantom black”.
From the official press release:
Telstra today joined with HTC Corporation, a global designer of smartphones, to unveil its latest Android™ mobile – the HTC Wildfire™. The HTC Wildfire is Telstra’s first Android smartphone to be offered to pre-paid customers and is designed to help people connect with friends and family on the move through a suite of social networking features. It will be available in Australia from 24 August to both pre-paid and post-paid customers exclusively on Telstra’s Next G™ Network – Australia’s largest and fastest national 3G network.
Featuring a 3.2-inch capacitive touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera with auto focus and LED flash and HTC’s Friend Stream app which seamlessly gathers social networking updates into a single stream, HTC’s Wildfire allows customers to bring their friends with them, wherever they go. Next-generation Caller ID and the ability to share apps straight from the phone are some of the great new features available on the HTC Wildfire. In addition, HTC Wildfire comes with a new version of HTC Sync (Sync 3.0) that is packed with new features, and includes a media sync that is compatible with popular media players available on a PC. This enables customers to bring their favourite tunes, playlists, pictures and more to their phone with the click of a button.
“Following in the footsteps of the HTC Desire, the HTC Wildfire addresses the Social Networking Generation – those younger audiences who want to bring their friends closer to them through app sharing and the integration of social networks – all at a cost effective price,” said Anthony Petts, Sales and Marketing Director ANZ, HTC Corporation. “With Media Sync, they can also now carry around their favourite music and photos more easily.”
“With the explosion of interest in smartphones, our pre-paid customers have been asking Telstra for a good value way to get in on the action,” said Richard Fink, Director, Telstra Mobility Products. “HTC Wildfire is our first pre-paid smartphone for Next G™ customers and provides a terrific way for people to start enjoying features like mobile web browsing and watching video clips on the go. We know our customers will love the HTC Wildfire’s compact size and its easy-to-use menus that can be filled with thousands of fun Android apps and games.”