Product Type: HTC Smartphone
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HTC Wildfire S
Member Name: katieking
HTC Wildfire S
Advantages: It's a well known brand and attractive
This phone is the most revolting thing I have ever had the displeasure of experiencing. I am financially tied to it until August 2013 which literally hurts me to type.
I got this phone in August 2011 and was really excited to get a smart phone. I wanted a phone with Apps, Facebook and Twitter but an iPhone was just out of my price range and I saw this as a cheaper alternative. From day one, I found it extremely confusing. I struggled to get signal in my house with my previous phone, but I struggle to get signal anywhere in the whole country with this one, though I appreciate that that is more the fault of my network, he who shall not be named, rather than the phone itself. It took me going on for half an hour to set the time and date (I would put 13.41, click out of it and it would say 13.42, go back and change it and it would read 13.40. This happened constantly and I think it was then that I realised I had a phone that wasn't functioning correctly). To download Apps, you need a Google account, which I don't. It asked me to create a username for my email address which took FOREVER. Username: katieking94 "sorry this is not available". Okay, so I'd try username: katie.king94, also not available. kking94. kskking94. katie.google94. I TRIED SOOOOOOO MANY VARIATIONS OF MY NAME BUT NONE WERE AVAILABLE. It was just ridiculous, and when I finally got into the App market, well it's rubbish basically. You have to pay for anything decent and it lacks in all the Apps that Apple are so well known for.
Signal has always been a massive problem for me and my HTC and I can't properly Tweet or Facebook from it. Downloaded the Apps for these was hard enough and they were pretty much unusable for a few weeks. Then, thank the lord, I managed to smash my phone into pieces at a Nero concert and got a new phone under insurance. However, it had to the be the same phone. In all honesty, the second phone that they gave me was a lot, lot better. I got notifications whenever I was mentioned in a Tweet or got a Facebook notification and really got to grips with the workings of the phone. It's confusing, no doubt, but probably 2 months in or so I really understood it. My total lack of signal is what blew it for me. I couldn't call anyone anytime, still can't, and my phone would say a text was sent and then the person on the other end would receive it as late as two days later. I could be in a big open field, on the bus, at work, at home, no signal. My phone even sent the same text: "I don't know xxx" FIFTY THREE TIMES to the same person. I wanted to stab it.
Then my HTC started being even more hellish and telling me that I had no memory. I've never had music on my phone, had downloaded maybe 4 apps (baby apps), and had maybe 150 photos and 10 videos? iPhones can hold literally thousands of photos, now my phone was telling me my storage was full? I had a 2 gb SD card in there! It would say I had to delete Apps, of which I had 4, and then I'd be able to download more/take photos. I tried to delete photos, but no, I couldn't access my Gallery as I didn't have enough storage space to do so? Not enough storage to even go on my Messages to delete them. So out of Twitter, Cookie Dozer, Facebook and Jewels I decided to delete Jewels, which made no difference. I just tried to delete everything I could in order to have enough storage space for my messages and such. And after a random deleting spree, I went onto my texts and saw I couldn't text anymore, as in the keyboard wouldn't show up. Anything that involved typing on a keypad I couldn't do, i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Hotmail, text, add contacts, etc. Took it back to the shop and they said go home and connect it to HTC Sync, which I did, which made no difference. Took it in again and they said there was a software glitch on my phone and would need repairing. They did this free of charge but I was without a phone for 2 weeks, plus I lost everything. literally everything. Every App, every photo, every contact, every message. I wanted to cry. And after that my phone wouldn't go on the Internet at all, so I couldn't do Apps or anything. I went back into the shop and they sorted this pretty easily, but it was at that time I asked them whether or not I could cancel my contract because I have such a burning hate for this phone it sickens me to look at. But no, of course, the fact I have no memory (WITH A 2GB SD CARD), no signal ANYWHERE and the world's most confusing phone was not reason enough for them to let me cancel the contract free of charge. They totaled up how much it would cost to cancel and the amount is literally unspeakable... £481.
This phone makes me want to cry. Trust me that this isn't just me! My friend Efa has the exact same phone on a different network and she says that she can't access her pictures either because of an imaginary 'lack of storage space'.
Summary: iPhones may be dearer, but this phone should not be seen as an alternative to it
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