RCom to launch Android-based HTC Wildfire smartphone in India: report

Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) has partnered with HTC, a Taiwan-based handset maker, to launch 3G-enabled smartphones in India with a price tag at 16,590 Indian rupees ($359), said a report from the Economic Times.

The smartphone named as ‘HTC Wildfire’ is based Google’s Android operating system and will be made available in all the HTC stores in the country, the report said. The smartphones features 3.2” touch screen and a 5-megapixel camera.

“The stylishly designed HTC Wildfire… brings all your communication requirements into one place, whether it’s through Facebook, Orkut, Twitter, Flickr…,” said Ajay Sharma, country head, HTC India.

Existing GSM customers on the RCom network who upgrade to the new smartphone will get an offer of 500 MB of free data usage for a period six months, according to the report.

“The launch of HTC Wildfire is in line with our strategy to offer next-generation service on mobile phones enabled with superior voice quality, high speed wireless data network access…,” said, RCOM President (Marketing-Wireless Business) Mahesh Prasad.

Other leading players such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Essar are set to launch Apple’s iPhone 4 in September 2010.