The nation’s number two telco Optus has announced pricing and availability details for its exclusive arrangement to sell HTC’s new Incredible S handset, revealing today it would sell the Android-based handset for zero dollars up-front on a $49 cap plan starting from 1 May — or online from 6 May, as well as other plans.
Up until this point, HTC has appeared to prefer to launch its high-end handsets primarily through either Telstra or Vodafone, with the former retaining exclusivity on HTC’s original Desire, and Vodafone picking up the right to distribute HTC’s Desire HD model. However, Optus will be the exclusive carrier for the Incredible S.
The handset features a 4″ super LCD capacitive touch screen with a 480×800 pixel resolution, and runs on a 1GHz processor. It runs version 2.3 (Gingerbread) of Google’s Android platform, as well as HTC’s Sense user interface on top. 720p HD video recording is possible through the 8 megapixel camera on the phone, which comes with dual LED flash, and a 1.3 megapixel camera is available on the front of the device. The phone weighs in at 135.5g with its battery, which is a 1450mAH model, and it comes with a 16GB microSD card.
“Optus is pleased to confirm it will be selling the HTC Incredible S exclusively for $0 upfront on a $49 Optus Cap (minimum total cost on 24 month contract $1176) as well as a range of other plans, giving customers a wide ranging choice of prices, call, SMS and data inclusions,” Optus said in a statement this morning. “It is also available to small business customers for $0 upfront on a $49 Business Complete Ultimate [plan] (minimum total cost on 24 month contract $1176).”
It is unclear what other plans Optus will make the handset available on, as the company’s statement did not provide that information, and Optus’ website does not appear to list the HTC Incredible S yet.
“Optus is delighted to be partnering with HTC for the launch of the HTC Incredible S and we’re looking forward to building on this strong relationship with HTC even further in the future,” said Gavin Williams, Optus Consumer marketing director.
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