Virgin Mobile announces the HTC Wildfire S, available Oct 23 for $199

We have seen the HTC Wildfire S a time or two, and it has landed its way on some major carriers, and today Virgin Mobile has announced that they are bringing this device to those of us who may not be so fond of contracts. Virgin Mobile will start carrying the HTC Wildfire S, in both an exclusive silver color which will be found at Best Buy locations along with a white variant to be found at Radio Shack. At a price point of only $199 for users it is quite a deal for the 3.2-inch Gingerbread machine powered by a 600MHz processor and many other great features. Looking for a new device to play around with, or replace your boring old device? Be sure to check this one out!

Source: Virgin Mobile

Jared DiPane
Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.
  • Doesn't really add much to Virgin's lineup. Aside from Gingerbread, it's basically the same specs as the Optimus V(why are they still making new ARMv6 based phones in 2011?).
  • I would bag a ZTE Blade from Ebay .. and chuck Gingerbread on it, easily a match for this phone at half the price .. or do what I did .. grab an LG Optimus Black, blows the HTC out of the water .. is due Gingerbread soonish! .. and got it new for the same price - HTC, overpriced, always!
  • When the Triumph came out, Virgin Mobile said they preferred a consistent approach to android by only wanting stock android phones. ..Yet this phone has HTC Sense. .. kinda funny.
  • Or get an Optimus V for $99 on sale new, load CM7 ROM (Gingerbread 2.3.7) and it runs great.
  • For what its worth, it has a notification light. That's important for some folks. I don't see much advantage this phone has over my Optimus V. Maybe for some folks who really like HTC sense, or must have a flash with their camera. I would not want to pay more than $20.00 for this over my V.
  • While it is on par with the Optimus V, when it comes to possible modding, the one thing that stands out in a manufacturer v manufacturer hacker friendliness view point is HTC>LG. LG's do have unlocked bootloaders and are pretty easy to root but HTC's hacker community is a bit larger and the Wildfire S may have an unlockable bootloader.
  • Very disappointing.... one step forward with the Triumph and now two steps back with the Wildfire and the Slider.
    3.2in screens are just not big enough :-(
  • It's a budget phone. You guys complains too much. There's a LED Flash for picture. That's one thing the Optimus V doesn't have. I use my optimus v as a wifi tethering puck during meetings. :)
  • I have the Wildfire S and I like it a lot. Virgin mobile will ruin it, they cripple phones. Won't allow you to put anything on it, except what THEY want on it and you have to pay for all their stuff. I will stick with T-Mobile, I can't stand Virgin.
  • What are you talking about? I have almost every app from my Epic on my Optimus V.
  • Yeah, I haven't had any problem installing apps on my Optimus V, other than ones that just don't work on it. Virgin doesn't seem to care too much what I do with my phone, as long as I keep paying the bill.
  • That's not a bad phone, it's just redundant since VM has the LG Optimus V.
    The Triumph is a failure. VM should offer another 4in screen phone ASAP.
  • Anyone know if this is available yet? The article says Oct 23 but as of Oct 24 I don't see it on the VM web site. It is available via the Radioshack web site though.