The HTC Widlfire S is already the cheapest smartphone from the Taiwanese manufacturer on the market, despite the fact that it was launched only three months ago at the Mobile World Congress.
Two mobile phone operators are offering two different deals that target two different audiences; T-Mobile (via Buymobilephones) sells the handset with 100 minutes, 100 texts and unlimited internet booster for £13.45 per month on a two year contract, a price that includes a £45 automatic cashback.
On the other hand, Talkmobile flogs the phone on a shorter 12 month contract for only £20 per month. You do get more minutes (200) and texts (1000) as well as unlimited internet, for a total cost of ownership of only £240.
The phone is a welcomed update to the current Wildfire. It carries a 600MHz Qualcomm MSM system on chip, 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, a five-megapixel camera with flash, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS (with HTC Sense UI), a microSD card reader but no front facing camera.
The screen is still smaller than the competition at 3.2 inches but at least the resolution has been bumped to HVGA compared to QVGA before.
Existing rivals to the Wildfire S include the Orange San Francisco, the Motorola Flipout and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8.