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Vodafone To Introduce HTC Wildfire

Vodafone has become the third UK mobile network operator after T-Mobile and 3 UK to offer the entry level HTC Wildfire, which is a smaller but stockier version of the popular HTC Desire.

The smartphone's page has already appeared on Vodafone's website (opens in new tab), encouraging interested parties to pre-register for updates but did not provide with any tangible information as to when it will be launched.

Vodafone said in a statement that the phone will follow "the success of the HTC Desire, offering HTC Sense and Android 2.1 in a more compact device and at a more affordable price. The Wildfire also features HTC’s Friend Stream, which brings together and displays content from your favourite social networks, including Twitter, Facebook and Flickr".

As a reminder, the phone allows access to more than 50,000 apps on the Android Marketplace, it comes with a five-megapixel camera and a 3.2-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen display, a 1300mAh battery and an optical joystick.

The rest of the configuration confirms that it stands nearer to the HTC Hero - with its 2GB internal memory, WiFi, GPS and that Qualcomm MSM processor running at 528MHz.

Still, we'd rather pay slightly more to get a much bigger screen and a much better processor; read more here to know why.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.