Cellular South confirms it will offer the HTC Desire

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HTC announced earlier today the Android-powered Desire was slated to land with select regional carriers in the U.S., but the smartphone giant did not name names. Rather than keep the nation in suspense, Cellular South has come forward as the first regional carrier to announce publicly that it will carry the HTC Desire. With coverage primarily in the Southeastern U.S., Cellular South is the largest privately held wireless carrier in the U.S. and one of the first regional carriers to embrace the Android platform when it offered the HTC Hero last fall. The Desire will join the Hero and the upcoming Motorola Milestone in Cellular South’s growing smartphone lineup. Exact launch date and pricing for the Desire was not disclosed but you can count on it to arrive later this summer. Check out the full press release after the jump.

Cellular South to Offer Its Third Android™-Powered Smartphone – the HTC Desire™ – Featuring One of the World’s Richest Media Experiences

RIDGELAND, Miss.–(BUSINESS WIRE) – Cellular South, the nation’s largest privately held wireless communications provider, announced plans today to offer the HTC Desire™, one of the most advanced Android™-powered touchscreen smartphones in the world. The HTC Desire is one of several new Android-based smartphones the carrier plans to launch this year.

Featuring a superfast, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that encourages easy and seamless multi-tasking, the latest Android™ 2.1 platform and access to more than 70,000 applications on Android Market™, the Desire features the latest HTC Sense™ experience.

The device, which the company expects to bring to market this summer, will feature built-in Google mobile services, including Google Search™, Google Maps™, Gmail™, YouTube™ and Google Maps Navigation™ BETA with voice-aided, turn-by-turn directions. More details will be available soon on other features of the popular smartphone.

“We’re excited about adding the HTC Desire to our expanding line-up of Android-powered advanced touchscreen smartphones,” said Kevin Hankins, chief operating officer of Cellular South. “This device takes Android to a whole new level with HTC Sense and a platform that optimizes the rich media experience for news, the mobile web, music and video applications.”

Following on the heels of Cellular South’s record-breaking introduction of its first Android-powered touchscreen smartphone and its recent announcement of plans to offer the Motorola Milestone this summer, the company is poised to become one of the leading providers of Android-powered smartphone devices to consumers and businesses. Cellular South was one of the first U.S. carriers last November to introduce an Android™-powered smartphone with its launch of the HTC Hero™.

Pricing and Availability

The HTC Desire is expected to be available for sale online at http://www.cellularsouth.com and in Cellular South retail stores soon. For more information or to sign up to be among the first to receive the Android-powered HTC Desire advanced touchscreen smartphone, visit http://budurl.com/CSDesire. No final retail price has been set yet for the device.

To make owning the Desire an even better experience, Cellular South has the industry’s best value for smartphones with its Smartphone Unlimited plan – the only one of its kind in the nation – that makes the enriched user experience more accessible to individuals, families and businesses. For only $59.98 a month per line for two lines, customers can talk, text, access the Web, and e-mail on the smartest network for smartphones without worrying about counting minutes, megabtyes or surprise bills.

With better coverage, fewer dropped calls and more 3G high-speed data services than its competitors, Cellular South is the smartest place to get Android smartphones and offers the best mobile broadband experience for the HTC Desire.

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