HTC Desire in Telstra stores 1 week early

The HTC Desire, the latest Android smartphone

The HTC Desire, the latest Android OS smartphone from the ever-popular Taiwanese manufacturer, is in Telstra stores today, almost one week ahead of schedule. Telstra cites ‘strong customer interest’ as the reason for the change.

You won’t find it all Telstra stores right now however. At the moment you can buy it in the [T]Life Sydney, Melbourne and Perth stores, or online from the Telstra website. The Desire will be rolled out to all other Telstra stores and dealers over the course of the week.

Telstra exclusivity

The early release is not the only change. Originally Telstra were to have a 3 month sale exclusivity for the HTC Desire. It has been announced today that the exclusivity has been extended to 6 months.

Price

You can buy the phone outright from Telstra, for $779, meaning the phone is unlocked, allowing you to take it across to the carrier of your choice.

If you opt to buy it on a plan, here are your options:

  • $0 on Telstra’s $60 consumer Phone Plan for 24 months (minimum total price $1440); or
  • $0 upfront on a $85 Ultimate plan for 24 months including 150 MB data (minimum cost $2040)

That’s not exactly a generous offering on the data front! On the one hand you have all the terrific speed and coverage of Telstra’s Next G network, all the while with a hand on or near the data handbrake.

HTC Desire review

I’ve had the HTC Desire for a week or so now, and will be publishing a review shortly, so watch this space. In the meantime, for a run down on the HTC Desire’s specifications, read HTC Desire for an Australian April release.

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