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HTC Wildfire Now Available From Vodafone

Vodafone has started to sell the HTC Wildfire, unofficially known as the HTC Desire Mini, for as little as £20 per month with 300 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB worth of data allowance (but no Wi-Fi it seems), all wrapped in a two year contract agreement.

The Wildfire (opens in new tab) comes with an older Qualcomm MSM processor, a 3.2-inch QVGA capacitive touchscreen with pinch-to-zoom feature, a 5-megapixel camera (like its big brothers), Wi-Fi, GPS, microSD card reader weighs only 118g and packs HTC's own social networking aggregator application, Friend Stream.

As expected, it comes with Android 2.1 and HTC's proprietary UI, Sense. Interestingly, the Wildfire costs the same as the HTC Legend at Vodafone but the former comes with only 100 minutes. A number of other operators have already announced that they will stock the phone but only Vodafone currently sells it.

That said, the price of the HTC Wildfire is dangerously close to the HTC Desire. T-Mobile sells the former HTC flagship handset for a piffy £25 per month with 600 minutes, 500 texts and 1GB internet, only a fiver extra per month.

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.