Moderately Priced Android Phones Debut


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 at $99.

Both are touchscreen-only 3G Android-based smartphones.

The Samsung-made 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

. The phone will also be available in a black finish exclusively at Walmart, Sam's Club and



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