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HTC Legend, Desire & HD Mini Get UK Release Dates

Gordon Kelly


HTC Legend, Desire & HD Mini Get UK Release Dates

Alongside Windows Phone Series 7, HTC's new handsets were arguably the highlight of Mobile World Congress and now we know when you'll be able to get them...

Amazon has pulled a fast one ahead of an official release and put up 1 April launch dates for the Desire and Legend and 14 April for the HD Mini. This is a few weeks later than we had hoped for, but you may need this extra time.

Why? Sadly because the RRPs are hefty. Amazon lists the HD Mini at a sizeable £369, the beautifully made Legend at £399 and the stunning Desire at a massive £528. This doesn't bode well when you consider a Nexus One - virtually the same as a Desire, minus the Sense UI - comes in at just £349. This is a substantial saving, even allowing for a large import tax.

Consequently you may want to have a re-read of my Desire, Legend and HD Mini guides before making a decision to go sim free. On the other hand, if subsidies are generous then perhaps those imposing 18 and 24 month contracts may not prove so scary after all...


Amazon Desire Listing

Amazon Legend Listing

HD Mini Listing


March 5, 2010, 11:21 pm

Apple? I dont think apple let this slip. Maybe Amazon.... And i really do hope it is an early April fool because that sim free price is awful, hopefully an 18 month contract with O2 will bring that down a fair whack.


March 5, 2010, 11:32 pm

The Desire is currently available from Play for £439.99. As such, I'd take all of these prices with a generous pinch of salt...


March 5, 2010, 11:40 pm

Yeah Gordon has Apple on the brain :P

I saw it on pre-order for £383 but thought I would see better so left it, now its like £430+ everywhere, balls.

Looks like a VERY nice phone though!


March 6, 2010, 12:12 am

The Desire is £414.95. I was quite tempted but now I've got 2.1 for my Hero I can hold out for another few months.


March 6, 2010, 12:47 am

Yeah these Amazon prices don't mean much tbh. A simple google search can find you a Legend for 369, the HD mini for 329 and the Desire for 429, while release dates have been on many websites for weeks.

I'll wait a week or two after the release date to see where prices go though before choosing one over the other.


March 6, 2010, 1:43 am

I really wish manufacturers would lower the cost of an offline phone and stop using the standard £500+ price tag. £300 seems more affordable!

I know they put all the costs from research through to design into the phone, but it's not like they're reinventing the wheel, most of these new models are simply upgrades from previous models with a new look, surely doesn't justify £500!

Mark Walton

March 6, 2010, 3:13 pm

Got my Desire on pre-order from prepaymania, only 373 quid delivered! Couple this with a Tesco/Asda PAYG SIM and it ends up being a good deal. Especially now that data costs on these carriers is getting cheaper and cheaper. 2 quid a week on Tesco for unlimited data, not that bad really.


March 6, 2010, 9:03 pm

@Mark Walton: may I suggest 3 mobile as a better alternative to tesco as the £2 a week only gives you 100Mb data yet 3 mobile will give you 1Gb for only £5 a month which averages 250Mb a week for only £1.25, and if 3s own skype client works on it too then you also get unlimited skype calls and messages without the need to top up - how fantastic is that


March 6, 2010, 9:05 pm

ps. and tescos unlimited browsing is only GPRS compared to 3s HSDPA

Mark Walton

March 7, 2010, 1:25 pm

I didn't realise Tesco was limited to 100MB, didn't find the small print. The biggest plus point with Tesco/Asda is that they use O2 and Vodafone respectively, which spells good coverage to me. It's a bit poor if Tesco is only GPRS??, how can this be if they are using O2's network??

Beat Box

March 7, 2010, 8:57 pm

ToS for Tescomobile states (clause 12, http://www.tesco.com/mobile...

"Our unlimited pass can be used on GPRS and 3G networks (as applicable to your handset), for personal internet use via your mobile phone whilst you are in the UK."

So 3G is apparently fine. I also don't see a specific fair usage of 100MB in their terms.


March 7, 2010, 10:23 pm

@Beat Box: true but their constant uses of the term 'Unlimited GPRS Data Browsing Pass (&#8216Unlimited Browsing Pass&#8217)' does make it sound like just GPRS speeds and they also may have said you can use it in 3G to prevent confusion that you can use it on the whole of the network not just the GPRS bits.

as for the 100Mb thats http://www.tesco.com/mobile... under the section 'How does it work?' but is cleaverly hidden under the 'about us, T&Cs, press release' bit.


March 8, 2010, 12:49 am

My wife has a Nokia on an Orange contract.

Nokia have released maps for free. We can download the maps, however to get the phone to do navigation one needs to get the latest phone upgrade.

Orange do not yet approve the upgrade, so until Orange say so you are stuffed!

I would buy a sim free phone every time now after this experience, & I have been told of similar happenings by other providers.

As to these latest HTC phones, yes please I want one!


March 8, 2010, 1:51 am


Sorry I can't be of more help than what follows but it may be against the T&Cs of TR to do so and I don't want them to get into trouble. Admins, if this isn't appropriate please accept my apologies and delete!

If you look up Nemesis Service Suite on google and look around for guides on how it works you can change your product code to the generic one and update your phone software. This will let you use Nokia Software Updater to stick on the newest firmware revision and voila, you will have the updated Ovi Maps :)

Note, this may not work on your phone, there is a risk of bricking your phone, invalidating your warranty or it just not helping and you being stuck with it as is. It does require a reasonable grasp of computers as if you make a mistake you can really mess things up. Saying that, I first used it on a Three Mobile N70 when I was 19 and naive and I made it work so why cant you :)

Beat Box

March 8, 2010, 1:09 pm


Yep I agree, that 100MB weekly limit is well hidden, especially on Firefox on a Mac, as that text is obscured by the blue footer menu.

I'm pretty sure Tesco now uses O2's 3G network - I think originally they were just using the 900 Mhz band, but I see a fair few recent forum posts from people using Tesco Mobile and getting 3G signals. I can't see how they could sell the iphone 3g without being able to provide 3G signal to go with it.


March 8, 2010, 1:48 pm

Thanks @dev. I will get my computer literate son to have a look.

Meanwhile, I still do not trust the providers to provide a phone in the "proper" natural condition & I would therefore have to think long & hard about maybe accepting a new phone with provider restrictions on it.

It is for that same reason I would not look at a kindle because it is tied into Amazon, & the same applies to other electronic goods. I want "open" access to buy apps from where I want, tunes from wherever, & books from the most appropriate source. I am very suspicious when items try to restrict your choice as a consumer!

Beat Box

March 8, 2010, 8:02 pm

Just to confirm - I just got hold of a Tesco Mobile sim today and I'm getting a 3G signal no problem

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