HTC Desire C

RadioShack is adding to its lineup of entry-level devices that it offers on its self-branded prepaid wireless service today with the HTC Desire C. This pint-sized HTC handset may carry the Desire name, but it looks very much like the One series of devices from HTC in 2012. The internals are decidedly low-end, however. The Desire C has a 3.5-inch 320x480 (HVGA) display, a 600MHz processor and 512MB of RAM -- all running with Android 4.0 and Sense on top.

The 'Shack offers the Desire C for $119.99 on its no-contract prepaid service with monthly payments of $50 for unlimited calls, texts and data (first 1GB at full speed) or $60 for the same and 2.5GB of full-speed data. Both prices include a subscription to the Muve Music service, which offers both streaming and downloads of a wide music selection on the device. 

Source: RadioShack

 

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HTC Desire C coming to RadioShack No-Contract Wireless for $119.99

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LMAO I'm inclined to agree. However, if someone is on a budget, and wants a new prepaid smartphone, then it could work. But, personally, 3.5 inch screen size would make me go blind in a day or 2 lol

"no."? Very insightful. I mean, it doesn't work for you, so no one else could possibly want it? Huh.

I think it's a great idea, glad to see HTC trying different markets. NFC though? Is RadioShack's plan CDMA or GSM? If it's GSM, I'd be curious to know if it is HSPA compatible. Also if it's AT&T/T-Mobile/Sprint/Verizon behind their plans. But including the music thing in the $50? Not bad. Hopefully they have decent throttled speeds though, like a steady 200kilobit would be fine.

Before all the stupid comments get going, this phone and plan are designed for low income parents that are looking to introduce their 10 year olds to Android smartphone without contract obligations, and while trying to keep the kid feeling hip.

I'd be surprised if it doesn't get community support at this price point. May get it unofficially, but I too doubt it'll be an official JellyBean.

hummmmm.. so HTC can get this to run ICS with Sence 4 skin just fine on those specs.
but my Atrix 4G is stuck on GB forever
thanks Moto!!

There is more to an upgrade than just features. The manufacturer has to pay the carrier more money, plus, the carrier wants to make sure their garbage software is bundled and working better on the new OS. Easier to ship with an OS, than it is to upgrade one.

Also, Sense*

Holy crap I literally said "wtf" (unabbreviated version) out loud! That thing is TINY!!!!! That's the size of phone we used to use?? Jeeeeeze. Note 2 has ruined me hahahahaha lmao

Not everyone wants a giant phone and need to carry their entire life belongings with it. I used the Note and SIII, then used a 4" phone for a while, I repurchased the Nexus and amaze at the size and how I managed to use it before. I still like the idea of not having to do extra stretching to reach the corner of the screen. Definitely a small device like this with good price have its place in the market, if it has excellent sound quality, making it solely for calls and music player.

I'm looking at the Sony Xperia mini or the mini pro which is a better device than this HTC even though released a year ago, with faster CPU, great sound and loud speaker expected from Sony, physical keyboard, decent camera with autofocus and 720p recording, it has been updated to ICS too. There is no reason to get this which is pale in comparison, especially when T-Mobile is opening coverage for the 1900MHz band. Don't mistake the mini with the X10 mini though, which is a cheaper model.

Isn't 3.5 inches the size on the iPhone 4S and older?

Also, I am partly impressed and partly concerned with the fact that HTC got Ice Cream Sandwich to work on a 600MHz processor.

I applaud HTC for not forgetting about those that can't even afford the Nexus 4. I just hope that people don't associate this (possibly) slow phone with Android in general.

The specs for this phone listed in the article are wrong. I just received this phone for Christmas and it has a 1ghz processor. I think it's a great phone for the price! They just had this phone on sale for $69.99! I think it's definitely better than some of the other budget phones offered at Cricket. How could you go wrong with an HTC smartphone for 70 bucks?

Trying to get the wife off a clam shell phone did some doing, but, it was actually the size of the HTC... that clinched the deal. I simply made sure the phone had all the necessary functions to assist her in business travel and tasking back n' forth with me.

Surprisingly, this little phone kicks butt. It is faster than the 600Mhz quoted in the materials. The keyboard isn't exactly as roomy as one would like, but the wife works with it. It's got HFC which we use to communicate with a Sony Hocky Puck Camera, WiFi, HotSpot, and Tethering, which she's able to use when working on her ASUS Slider.

With a $20 Sylvania (somewhat cub-ish) BT Hands-free Speaker/MIC Unit I picked up from Big Lots, she's totally hands free in the car (her preference for not using the ear buds), and scores with all the music options.

Radio Shacks Data Plans have changed (2013)... $50 gets 2.5 Full of the 8Gig before they start throttling, but, we haven't noticed when streaming the Roku box as of yet, so.... All's good.

The one kind-of drawback is the lack of a flash unit. But with loading the camera app called Vignette, it controls the phone's camera into darker area's than what the original app can. Plus it doesn't drain the battery as much, plus there's tons of filters to keep you busy shooting for a couple of weeks. (That was the other bonus)

So, despite the size, the phones abilities actually do great.

Bottom line, she likes the small size, even more than the Droid. And getting her to move over, it was the absolute answer after almost a year of working on the transition.

I have to ask, did you purchase the Radio Shack branded HTC Desire C? I am asking because I just bought one, and it seems to have the NFC Antenna, but NFC isnt enabled, how did you manage to use it with your Sony camera (not doubting you, just wondered how)

Trying to get the wife off a clam shell phone did some doing, but, it was actually the size of the HTC... that clinched the deal. I simply made sure the phone had all the necessary functions to assist her in business travel and tasking back n' forth with me.

Surprisingly, this little phone kicks butt. It is faster than the 600Mhz quoted in the materials. The keyboard isn't exactly as roomy as one would like, but the wife works with it. It's got NFC which we use to communicate with a Sony Hocky Puck Camera, WiFi, HotSpot, and Tethering, which she's able to use when working on her ASUS Slider.

With a $20 Sylvania (somewhat cub-ish) BT Hands-free Speaker/MIC Unit I picked up from Big Lots, she's totally hands free in the car (her preference for not using the ear buds), and scores with all the music options.

Radio Shacks Data Plans have changed (2013)... $50 gets 2.5 Full of the 8Gig before they start throttling, but, we haven't noticed when streaming the Roku box as of yet, so.... All's good.

The one kind-of drawback is the lack of a flash unit. But with loading the camera app called Vignette, it controls the phone's camera into darker area's than what the original app can. Plus it doesn't drain the battery as much, plus there's tons of filters to keep you busy shooting for a couple of weeks. (That was the other bonus)

So, despite the size, the phones abilities actually do great.

Bottom line, she likes the small size, even more than the Droid. And getting her to move over, it was the absolute answer after almost a year of working on the transition.