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O2 Drops HTC Desire S Price To £330

Mobile phone operator O2 has dropped the price of the HTC Desire S smartphone to only £330 on Pay as You Go, with the option to unlock the phone available for only £15.

The phone (opens in new tab) is available directly from O2 and interestingly, you don't need to buy a £10 topup as is usually the case. You will also be able to unlock your phone and use it on another network using the unlocking form here (opens in new tab).

The HTC Desire S is still available from Amazon unlocked for £385, and while we criticised HTC for not making the Desire S cheaper, the latest price drop makes it more attractive compared to its illustrious predecessor and the HTC Desire HD.

The Desire S has adopted the Legend's aluminium design and is sculpted out of a single block of aluminium. It uses the newer Qualcomm 1GHz 8255 Snapdragon processor, comes with 768MB RAM, 4GB internal storage with 1.1GB for user storage (can be augmented using a microSD card), a 3.7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, a five megapixel rear camera with AF, LED flash and HD video recording capabilities, a front facing camera, GPS, four sensors, a 1450 mAh battery and much more.

At 11.6mm and weighing 130g, it is thinner and lighter than the previous HTC Desire and comes with Gingerbread covered with a layer of Sense user interface.

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.