HTC's second Windows Phone 8 device may not ever visit the US, but the 8S has arrived, at least in the UK. British carrier Three has the phone for sale starting today, both online (with delivery for Monday) and in its bricks and mortar stores, offering the Windows Phone 8S in the two-tone blue and black finish -- we're checking with Three to see whether it'll offer any other color options, as we've got our eyes on the yellow version. Expect to pay
£219 £180 sans monthly billing, while the phone will be free on two-year contracts priced starting at £17 per month. We'll be putting the 8S through the review wringer soon -- you can expect to see our verdict next week.
Update: Three has been in touch to say the contract-free price has now dropped to £180 -- a pretty tempting launch price.
Windows Phone 8S by HTC – available now on Three.
The Windows Phone 8S by HTC is now available online at www.three.co.uk and in all Three stores.
Packed with great features that make everyday tasks easier and more enjoyable, the 8S comes with a 5 megapixel camera which means you're always ready to capture special moments, a 1 GHz dual-core processor making browsing and switching between apps a breeze and built in Beats Audio™ technology so you can enjoy the most authentic sound no matter if you're listening to music, playing a game or watching a video.
The stylish, compact 8S runs on the Windows Phone 8 operating system and includes the very latest features such as personalised Live Tiles on the vibrant 4" screen plus access to over 100,000 apps through the Windows Phone Store.
Sylvia Chind, Head of Devices at Three said, "The 8S offers great all-round performance and coupled with our straightforward and affordable plans with no surprise-out of-bundle data charges, you'll be able to enjoy the best experience on Three".
The Windows Phone 8S by HTC is available for £19 a month with no upfront cost on the Ultimate Internet 100 plan and for £17 a month with no upfront cost on the Essential Internet 100 plan - both with a guarantee of no surprise out-of-bundle data charges.
The device is also available on Pay As You Go for £179.99 plus a top up. All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-day access to all-you-can-eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts. Or All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.