Not too long ago, RadioShack teamed up with Cricket to offer prepaid wireless service for their customers. The pricing is competitive, starting at $25 per month, but the device selection so far has been fairly lacking. Well, the ‘Shack at least looks like they’re making an effort to change that by offering the HTC Desire C, and low-end/mid-range phone at an attractive price point. $119.99 gets you a 3.5 inch HVGA screen, 5 megapixel camera, and Android 4.0 with Sense on top. It’s not going to make your Galaxy S III jealous, but for the pricing on the handset and the wireless plans, it makes an excellent entry level phone for consumers.
HTC posted a Jelly Bean upgrade update and FAQ with good news for HTC One X and HTC One S owners. Both devices should get updated to Android 4.1 and Sense 4+ fairly soon but no date was given. HTC said it would first focus on bringing 2012 devices up to Jelly Bean then look at what 2011 devices would be compatible with the update.
The HTC One V and the HTC Desire C were the big update losers. HTC said devices with 512MB of RAM or less, like these two, will not be upgraded past their current version of Android. HTC made a point to differentiate between “Upgrades” and “Support.” While these lower-RAM devices will not see OS upgrades, HTC said it will continue to provide support in the form of software improvements and security fixes.
The FAQ made no mention of Android 4.2.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, HTC CEO Peter Chou restated the company’s new focus on higher-end devices in 2012. “We insist on using better materials to make better products that offer premium experience,” he said. “Many consumers like that.”
HTC has recently launched what seem like relatively low-end devices like the Desire C and the One V, but Chou doesn’t “want to destroy brand image,” so HTC won’t sell “cheap, cheap phones“. The phones he’s referring to are the super low-end devices being released in China and other developing countries that go for half the price of the HTC phones available in those markets. At that price point, Chou says “we won’t have good products“.
So it seems that what we can expect from HTC from now on are devices no worse than the Desire C at the budget end, and the sky’s the limit on the higher end. It’s nice to know that when you buy an HTC phone, you’ll be getting a certain level of quality. Now let’s see if it helps their bottom line.
source: wall street journal
A little later than originally advertised, HTC‘s low end Android phone the Desire C is finally available both sim-free and on select contracts.
The Desire C is a unique offering as it’s one of the very first entry level Android phones shipping with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone is powered by a single core 600 MHz processor with 512MB of RAM, and offers a 3.5″ HVGA display. The rest of the specifications are very reasonable for the price with Beats Audio, Wi-Fi, HSDPA, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, a 1,230 mAh battery and 5MP rear camera all on-board.
The device is available in black or white and Three UK are offering it up for free on a 2 year contract at £13 per month or on Pay-As-You-Go for £149.99. If you prefer your phone to be sim-free and unlocked then you can pick it up from Clove for £189.99.
If you’ve been looking for an affordable Android 4.0 device then the Desire C could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Hit the links below to find out more.
The other day we told you about the HTC Desire C. The One S and Wildfire S cross-like device is a revival of the once popular Desire brand. Well as you may now the carrier branded version of the phone is not set to release until June. However, if you want to get your hands on this device a bit earlier, Clove Technology is releasing a SIM-free version in a little over a week. They send word saying that the device will be in stock next Thursday the 24th of May. It will go for £189.99 (roughly $302) including VAT. This is a bit higher in price than the branded handsets but that’s a given because of the fact that it’s unlocked.
So there you have it folks. You can get your very own one of these budget NFC and Beats wielding devices from HTC and Clove UK in just eight days. That is of course if you live in the UK. Folks in the U.S. will still have to wait.
source: Clove Technology
via: Android Central
One day after getting a good look at the HTC Desire C from Vodafone, HTC has made it official. The Desire C is an entry-level phone with a 3.5-inch (480 x 320) display. They didn’t release processor details, but we’re expecting 600 Mhz. Other highlights include a 5MP camera, Beats Audio, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Owners will also be part of the Dropbox partnership in which they will enjoy 25GB of free storage for two years.
It will be available in your choice of black, white, or red and will be available next month on Orange, Three, and T-Mobile UK. TMo will be offering it for free for £15.50 per month for two years or if a commitment is not your cup of tea, you can grab it for £169.99 ($270) contract free.
Full press release and “First Look” video after the break.