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, 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.