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HTC Wildfire SIt’s been almost a year since I was first introduced to Virgin Mobile.  It was love at first sight, when my Samsung Intercept first arrived at my door, and I was (at long last) included in the world of smartphones.  Smartphones with affordable plans, and no contracts.  No commitment.  That’s what I love about Virgin Mobile.  They save me money.  Us, really.  We were paying just under$55.00 a month for my phone with our old provider- that was with zero data, and450 talk minutes (plus free nights and weekends)- I did pay $5 extra each month for texting.  But that had limits too.  With Virgin Mobile, I get 1250 talk minutes, plus unlimited messaging and data.  I have no contract.  I love it.

I have a new phone, although this time, Mr. Bargains tested it out…for the most part.  He’s still without a smartphone (work provides his cell but they don’t do data or anything).  Virgin Mobile sent us the HTC Wildfire S for review.  He used it for a month and now I’ve taken it over.

I find this phone to be  easy to use, very receptive touch screen, LOVE the flash (I haven’t ever had that on a phone before!  Nor have I had a 5 megapixel camera on a phone) and so many other cool apps available from Android marketplace.  My husband liked the phone well enough but has large  hands and gets very frustrated with touch screens (he hates my tablet for the same reason).  He liked the features, especially the ability to create different sounds for anything “incoming” like ringtones, texts, emails, calendar notifications, etc).  He just got frustrated because he felt like he couldn’t enter anything into the phone due to his hands being large.  

The design of this phone is sleek and lightweight- I feel like phones are starting to get bigger and bulkier and I like that HTC kind of kept things lower profile.  I have enough to tote around without a huge phone to boot!  The colors are really vibrant, strikingly so, in fact.  I like that there’s kind of a lip on the bottom (as does Mr. Bargains) to help you keep a grip when you turn the phone for landscape/horizontal viewing.

As with most android-based smartphones I’ve come across,  this phone performed a lot better when I installed an app meant to send things to the SD card to not use up so much memory- that quick and free install has meant my phones perform faster, and memory use is kept lower!!  I do wish that there was a way to remove pre-installed apps that I don’t use from the phone because it would free up a lot of memory for me.  I just send everything to my SD card.  I’ve found the battery life is comaprable to just about any phone I’ve had- the more you are using the internet, of course, the faster you drain your battery.

A superphone that lets you share. Everything.

Surf the web in style with multi-window browsing, pinch to zoom with auto text reflow, and Flash video support. The HTC Wildfire S lets you take great shots with the 5 MP camera with flash, tag your friends in the pics and instantly post them to social networks for all to enjoy. Explore thousands of apps on Android Market™ and send your favorite ones to friends – so everyone can get in on the fun.

Additional Features

  • Android 2.3™ Platform
  • 5MP Camera with Flash
  • Camcorder
  • Wi-Fi Capable
  • Personalize Button
  • Threaded Text Messaging
  • Speakerphone
  • Bluetooth® 3.0
  • Internal Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Expandable Memory: 32GB (sold separately)
  • 600 MHz Processor
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • HAC Rating: M3/T3
  • TTY Support
  • Gmail™
  • Phone Data Bluetooth Transfer
  • Google Talk™
  • WHERE®
  • News and Weather
  • Android Web Browser
  • Calculator
  • Picture Messaging
  • Music Widget
  • FriendStream
  • My Account
  • Google Search™
  • 3G EVDO Rev A Data Network
  • Not Wireless Emergency Alert capable

I am not “techy” and I have read other reviews online about the processor speed and other tech terms I don’t know much about at all, but I find this to be a decent smartphone- it has all of the cool features that help us stay connected socially and the call clarity is great, the camera super cool, and I can get my beloved Muppets ringtone for it.  I’m a happy girl.  My husband was a happy guy.  I say “yay” to the HTC Wildfire S.  I hope that soon they make this phone in pink and purple for those of us who have prepaid plans!! Then it might be even better!!

One thing I more recently got to check out from Virgin Mobile is their Ovation MC76o – USB Broadband that gives you:Broadband to go

3G Internet At Home or On The Go

  • No Contract, No Overages & No Activation Fees
  • Nationwide Sprint® 3G Network
  • Only Pay for What You Need
  • Change Plans as Your Needs Change

My inlaws don’t have internet.  They don’t have a computer.  As a blogger, I’m never long to check emails, by nature.  So I love that I can be down there, and access the internet- even if it’s just to help them do travel arrangements for their timeshare or something.  This allows me to be free to do my work wherever I am- regardless of if I am someplace where they have free wi-fi.  I have my own.  It’s portable.  Easy to keep track of.  Love it.  I’ve had zero issues with this since I started using it!  I really like that I can just activate it when I need it- so if we were going away on vacation for a week, I could just activate it and not have to pay a contract fee for all of the time between now and when we were to leave…or for more time when we return home.  That works for me.   You can get 10 days of service for $10 or do a month unlimited for $50.00.  I like options.  I like not having to spend money for services I just won’t use, you know?

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I received a sample of this product to facilitate my review.  Opinions are my own.

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  • What I truly love about a smart phone is how reliable they can be. When I’m about to go to sleep at night and need a good twenty minutes of down time, I don’t have a lug around my laptop or watch tv, I can just lay in bed and watch funny YouTube videos or play games/apps and discover so much! It’s like my personal little buddy (:

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  • I like being able to organize all my activities on the phone and being able to link it over the internet to share with other family members and friends.

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  • I like that I can use internet and enter more giveaways wherever and whenever I want

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  • This is a funny question for me–I don’t have one! Even my teen daughter has one. My phone makes and receives calls. period. So what would I like about a Smart Phone? Everything!

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  • I love that you can access the internet, get e-mail and download apps.

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  • email and internet Instant!!!!!

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  • mine is broken right now, but before it quit working, i loved that i could look up coupons, directions, check prices, email, and text and take and send pics! loved it!! now all it does is call and text. :( i really need a new one! hint, hint…..LOL thanks for the chance!

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  • i love all the functions(APPS) that they have all in one phone.

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  • everything in the palm of your hand

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  • The thing I love most about smartphones is that you can do EVERYTHING in one place. The only bad thing – I have to wear my reading glasses to see everything!

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  • I Love Smart phones because of all the game apps to entertain my kids when we are away from home, and I love that I can do a quick facebook check on them.

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  • I love smart phones because I can go pretty much anywhere and wherever I am-I can get online whenever I need to.

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  • I’ve never had a smartphone but I can tell you what I think I will love about it… the apps! They have 1 for everything and I’m always a little secretly jealous when my friends tell me about a cool new app they found!

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  • I love all the neat apps, the internet, and the cool themes and features such as touchscreen. The phone I am using now is my first smartphone and I am addicted.

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  • I like the web access capability

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  • I love that I can check my email without a computer. Keeps me off the internet… a little bit. :)

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  • love the ease of connecting to everything from my phone

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  • I love because able to surf the web anywhere.

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  • i get close to 400 emails a day so i like to be able to keep up with them on the go

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  • I love smart phones because of the freedom and access to the internet they provide

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  • I need to have my social networking and internet access of course. I would honestly just love tp finally have a Smartphone I keep putting it off for other needs. I’m starting to think I’m one of just a few left without one

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  • I love being able to do anything online on a smartphone.

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  • I love that I can talk, email and surf the internet.

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  • I love that I can check my email

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  • That its basically a handheld computer and u have internet access wherever u want!

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  • I love the accessibility of smart phones and that I can keep all 3 of my emails pushing updates which is a huge help for me since I work on the go a lot

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  • I like that I can be on the internet. it has saved me so much time while I’m on the go and need to check something.

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  • Well, besides Angry Birds ;) …I do not personally own a smartphone or even a cellphone (sure would love to win this though and definitely appreciate the opportunity!), but my husband has a smartphone for work and we often use it for navigation purposes and constant access to the Internet is wonderful when we take a trip and are looking to try something new! We also used my husband’s smartphone to book our hotels and find the best places to eat when we took a rather spontaneous trip to the coast last summer! :)

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  • I love smartphones because they are just a mini computer

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  • I love smartphones because its like having my computer with me wherever I go. I seriously would be lost without it.

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  • I love the internet access. Comes in very handy when you’re out & about!

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  • Love the fact that there isn’t a contract to be tied to. Also being able to have unlimited everything for a low price. Fantastic!!

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  • internet access

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  • I like that I can check my email nearly anywhere I go on smartphones

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  • i love smart phones cause you can text faster and go online with them, much better than ordinary phones

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  • Access to the internet. I don’t have a smartphone so this would be great!! Thanks!!

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  • I love being able to look up things and check prices when out and about

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  • I love being able to price check when I am shopping and the access to my email at all times

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  • What I love about smartphones? Will there is some much, to be able to get the internet without any problem would be great. To be able to check my email while waiting to pick the kids up from school would be just as great. If I had a 5MP camera I could finally take pictures. But I think the best thing would be No Contract, No Activation fee, and no Overage.

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  • I like being able to check my email when I’m on the go.

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  • I would love to have a smartphone for reasons like you mentioned. We were recently on vacation, and there was no Internet where we went. So I was a week without Internet unintentionally. It was okay, but I needed to check my email for important messages. So I would like to have a smartphone for most of these reasons. :). Would love to win this, I will definitely be looking into switching to virgin mobile! I have been wanting to change providers for a long time!

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  • What I like most about smartphones is the ability to look stuff up on the fly. Don’t know where a doctor moved his office to? Look it up quickly on your phone.

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  • I love that you can do just about anything with a smart phone, as you can do with a PC.

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  • I like that they can access the internet.

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  • I love that smartphones can access the internet when you are on the go!

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  • email access, gps navigation and all kinds of apps!

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  • I love that smartphones give us access to emails and the internet almost everywhere we go!

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  • I like the fact that smartphones have access to the internet.

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  • This is a great thing. I have this for my teenager.

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  • I really like the ability to be able to check my email on the go. I like that I can use the map feature to get directions from where I stand. Or, I use google maps and read the directions from my phone rather than printing.

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