Earlier this year HTC announced that a veritable smörgåsbord of Android devices would be heading to SA between May and July of 2011.
These included their iPad contender, the HTC Flyer, their lower end Facebook-centric HTC Cha Cha, and their powerhouse “superphone,” the HTC Sensation.
A refresh of the popular HTC Wildfire and HTC Desire handsets was also announced, both simply receiving the letter “S” behind their names to denote improvement.
Originally the HTC Desire S was expected to launch in South Africa toward the end of May 2011 with an “indicative retail price” of R4,230.
Neither of these estimates have proven true, with Vodacom announcing in their latest deal brochure that the device will be available from mid-July on a 24 month BusinessCall contract for R249 per month.
The contract includes 110MB of data for the first 3 months, but excludes a SIM and connection fee of R202.
Nomsa Thusi, executive head of corporate communications at Vodacom, said that Vodacom would have the device available for the cash price of R5,271.
MTN SA’s senior manager of device portfolio management, Teddy Maduna, said that the HTC Desire S would be available from August on their 24 month MTN 100 package for R249 per month.
According to Virgin Mobile, they already have the HTC Desire S available on their Classic 300 package for R320 per month.
Cell C said that they would only be able to provide information on their HTC Desire S deals closer to their launch date.
8ta was asked about their Desire S deals but didn’t comment by the time of publication.