While the UK has had the Desire HD since early last week, the EVO look-a-like model and its sibling are only starting to trickle into Irish stores. Currently Vodafone appears to be the only carrier offering one of the new Desires, with the Desire HD available on pre-pay for €479 or €229 on an 18 month €35 contract. However, many Irish Android users appear to be holding out for their network of choice, Meteor, to announce the Desire HD and to a lesser extent the Desire Z.
Today Meteor released a press statement indicating that an end to that torturous wait is coming, although perhaps not as soon as hoped. In conjunction with unveiling details of an exclusive white model of the HTC Wildfire, Meteor revealed that both the Desire HD and Desire Z will be coming to the "Social Network" in early November. While it could certainly be nice to see them before the end of the month, perhaps prospective buyers would be better served waiting a little more to give HTC the chance to iron out some previously-reported wrinkles.
Full Meteor press release below:
SOCIAL NETWORK ON THE GO WITH THE HTC WILDFIRE, DESIRE HD & DESIRE Z
HTC WILDFIRE NOW AVAILABLE IN WHITE EXCLUSIVELY FROM METEOR, THE ANDROID EXPERTS
- HTC’s Desire HD & Desire Z Available from November -
Meteor, your social network, is bringing you an exclusive from its amazing Android smart phone range. The HTC Wildfire handset is now available in stunning white – and only from Meteor! This sleek handset provides you with, amongst other features, a 3.2” touch screen and a 5MP camera and is available for free on Bill Pay Max/Smart Unlimited data plans and on prepay from €239.99. The operator also confirmed today that the new HTC Desire HD and Desire Z, will be available to customers in Meteor stores nationwide and online at meteor.ie from early November.
Meteor’s Android range is perfect for those who want to social network on the go and never stay out of touch with mates. According to a recent Meteor survey, more and more of us are using our mobile phones on a regular basis to check the internet with over 55% using their handset for social networking, popular destinations include social network sites such as Facebook or Twitter (accessed by 58% of mobile internet users) and over 28% on video sites such as You Tube.
During the past year, the operator has focused on building up a strong stable of Android handsets, which now make up more than one in three handsets purchased by Meteor bill pay customers. Meteor exclusively launched the HTC Hero in the Irish market in October 2009. The operator recognises the strength of the Android platform and the benefits it delivers to Meteor customers, in terms of access to the internet and multiple applications through the Android market.
Commenting on this release of the HTC Wildfire in white, the Desire HD and Desire Z Kealan Donoghue, Meteor’s Head of Devices and Product Operations said “The HTC Wildfire is already one of the top selling Android handsets in Meteor’s range, the addition of the Wildfire in white is something that we know our customers will love. HTC handsets are a key part of our Android smart phone range and we’re looking forward to the introduction of the new HTC Desire Z and Desire HD. Featuring the next evolution of HTC Sense, these devices offer an amazing smartphone experience, leveraging the strengths of the Android platform".
“Our objective is to increase the choice of Android handsets to appeal to a broader customer base in respect of brands, prices and designs. We currently offer Android phones from leading manufacturers including HTC, Sony Ericsson, LG and Samsung. Android handsets represent more than a quarter of Meteor’s handset portfolio with the range growing from one to 12 devices since October 2009. Meteor will continue to source and extend the selection of Android handsets and are committed to providing our customers with the best choice in this exciting category! Our current Android range with smartphones for €129.99 is the best value in the market, so drop into one of our 41 stores nationwide or online and talk to Meteor, the Android Experts.”
As well as delivering the best selection of Android handsets to the Irish market, Meteor is also encouraging the innovation and creativity of the Irish app development industry by lending their support to the ‘Appys.’ The operator is sponsoring the category “Best Android App” at the awards ceremony which will be held in Dublin on November 4th.
The HTC Wildfire in white is now available in all Meteor stores and online at www.meteor.ie. The HTC’s Desire HD will be available from early November and Desire Z handsets will be available from mid November. Stay tuned to meteor.ie, follow our tweets on twitter @meteor_mobile, or become our friend on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meteor, to find out more about Meteor’s Android offerings.
Meteor has over one million customers and 20% market share. With 99% population coverage, Meteor has 41 retail stores nationwide along with its online store on meteor.ie. The operator has deployed one of the most advanced high speed 3G networks available in Western Europe which is available in all cities and major towns across the country. Meteor Mobile Communications is a wholly owned subsidiary of http://www.eircom.ie. As an Irish mobile communications provider, Meteor aims to bring real competition, and its benefits, to the Irish mobile market.