New York - The
latest moderately priced smartphones for U.S. consumers are HTC's Wildfire S
for the T-Mobile network at $79 and the Google Nexus S for the AT&T network
Both are touchscreen-only
3G Android-based smartphones.
Nexus S has been available since late last year as a 3G model for the T-Mobile
network and became available earlier this year as a 3G/4G model on Sprint's
network. The AT&T version will be 3G-equipped and available exclusively
through Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and Best Buy's online store.
AT&T does not plan to sell it direct to consumers. All versions feature
what the carriers call a Google experience.
Nexus S will be
available in Best Buy outlets July 24 for $99.99 with new, two-year activation.
Presales began today.
Like the other
flavors of the Google Nexus S, the smartphone features Android 2.3 OS, 4-inch
Super AMOLED 480 by 800 Contour display, 1GHz processor, front-facing VGA
camera, and a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera. It also features tethering and 3G
operation in foreign 2.1GHz markets.
For the T-Mobile
network, the HTC Wildfire S will be available Aug. 3 with Android 2.3 OS for
$79 with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data
plan. It features 3G 7.2Mbps HSPA data technology, 5-megapixel camera, and
virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype for easy text input.
The HTC Wildfire S
will be available in white at T-Mobile retail stores and online at ww.t-mobile.com. The phone will also be
available in a black finish exclusively at Walmart, Sam's Club and ww.t-mobile.com.