US: Unlocked HTC Incredible S can be yours for $559.99
The HTC Incredible S was unveiled last month during Mobile World Congress, and it sits nicely in HTC’s international portfolio in between the Desire S and the Desire HD. If you’re in the US, you probably know by now that the HTC Incredible S will be coming to Verizon as the Droid Incredible 2. However, that’s (obviously) a CDMA device. What to do if you’d like a GSM/HSPA-based Incredible S device in the US?
Well, it’s really unlikely that any carrier will pick it up, but you can get one unlocked if you really must. Plemix, an online electronics retailer, currently has the HTC Incredible S for sale for $559.99. That price will get you an unlocked, SIM-free handset, but there’s a major downside you need to be aware of – because this device has the 900 and 2100 3G bands, it’s not compatible with any 3G network in the US or Canada. That means that, while you’ll be able to use GPRS and EDGE data just fine (since the Incredible S has quad-band GSM support) all over the world, including in the US and Canada, 3G connections will only be possible outside of North America.
If, however, you rely more on Wi-Fi for connectivity, or for some strange reason just must have a GSM Incredible S regardless of the caveats, then head on over to Plemix and order yours. Or you could just wait for Verizon to launch its version, if you don’t mind the CDMA network or the two-year contract.