Virgin launches the HTC Windows Phone 8S

Ian Hardy

December 7, 2012 10:09am

A few days ago we let you know that Virgin Mobile was on tap to launch the Windows Phone 8S by HTC. Today is the big day. This is Virgin’s first Windows Phone and is priced affordably at $79.99 on their SuperTab, or as expected for $279.99 outright. This is HTC’s second Windows Phone 8 device, the first was the 8X. As for the entry-level 8S, it comes packed with a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch display, 5MP camera that shoots 720p videos, 1700 mAh battery, and Beats Audio.

We’ll have our review up shortly.
Check it here at Virgin

  • paul

    what other networks would this work on?

    • Brian

      Bell, TELUS, Rogers and their children.

  • cody

    @paul be careful with windows phones, i recently switched carries with a mago7.5 device, and you cant edit the mms apn, meaning even if you unlock it, you cant send picture or video messages. Data apn is fine though.

    • paul

      thanks for the heads up 🙂 really want to give wp8 a chance, it looks so pretty

    • Entegy

      @cody This has been fixed in WP8. You can add your own full APNs now, no OEM app needed.

    • DonSod

      Tethering may not work though. With a Rogers branded phone, after unlocking you can goto another carrier and get full data/MMS by editing the APNs for both (WP8), but tethering won’t work because Rogers has modified the ROM to ensure it’s crippled this way. That being said, I don’t know if Virgin branded phones will experience the same issue. Just another heads up…

    • Shane

      Editing MMS/APN settings isn’t a challenge with the WP8 phones as Microsoft (finally) added a section in the OS settings to make them editable. You should be able to play with all of the required knobs and dials without needing a phone specific app like Nokia’s with the WP 7.5 phones.
      It was one of the big things I wanted to check (along with OS-wide support of text size rescaling) when I was playing with all of the WP8 phones last week.


    Whats the difference with the HTC Windows Phone 8x?

    • bob lawblaw

      Hey Laila, the 8X is the flagship hardware. Better camera, processor and larger screen. 8S is a mid-tier device. It really works great though. I used a pre-production version for a while and it was really great. If you want a smaller phone that’s still smooth and reliable while also more affordable this device is the way to go.

  • BM

    Can this phone be unlocked? I’m really tempted to get one just to try the Windows Phone 8 experience, but I’m with Fido.

  • Rich

    Certainly tempting when Best Buy / FS offer this up with some sort of gift card promo + the usual reward zone bonus.

  • RandomBB

    so is it 1 ghz dual core or 1.5 ghz dual core, ive read both here????

    • Blas

      1Ghz dual core

  • CD

    Does anyone know if this phone will work on FIDO? Does it need to be unlocked? Also, I’m not sure if 4GB of memory is going to be enough?

    • Petra

      I see no reason why it wouldn’t work with Fido, but it would need to be unlocked first.

      Unlike the 8X, the memory is expandable up to 32 GB with a MicroSD card.

  • BM

    Only 4GB of internal storage? How much space does the OS take, and can you install apps on the external storage?

  • CD

    From what I heard, only 1.6GB is left from the 4GB. And no, you can’t install apps/games on SD card. And that’s the reason why I’m concerned. I think I’ll just wait for the new Nokia 620, but who knows when that will be released here in Canada, if ever.

  • Dave

    Anyone seen one in a store yet today?

    • Dan

      I’ve seen one when I walked in today. They only had the dummy device, no device on for you to try. I love the feeling of the device though and how it felt in the hand.

  • CD

    Also, I wish they offered more colour options. The grey and yellow one is SICK!

  • Brad

    Hmm. Htc 8S, Nexus 4, Nokia 620. Wondering which one i should get in February…we shall see. Nice that two of my options are now WP8.

    • EvanKr

      I’d go for the N4, simply because a) it has a higher resolution display, and b) I’m an Android guy. However, for Windows Phone you can’t go wrong with either, they’re both excellent value for the money, it’s really a matter of Android vs WP.

  • GlassBackBadIdea

    At least it has no glass back like this stupidly designed Nexus 4 phone by Google/LG

  • vincent

    for tethering you need to activate it in your carrier account then do a phone reset and it will work!