I have been with Voice Stream, that was taken over by T-Mobile, forever. Every two years I get a new phone. I was told that I could have one anytime after November 1st.
So I checked on the Internet and saw the HTC Wildfire S Smartphone. The price was $249.99 with $200 off if I signed up with T-Mobile for another two years. I would then have a mail-in rebate for the remaining $50.
I am not happy getting a phone without seeing it first, and being shown what to do, and how a smartphone works. Len and I headed up to Gulf View Square Mall, and to the T-Mobile store.
I walked in, gave the representative my telephone number, my old phone, and asked him about the HTC Wildfire S Smartphone. First off he checked my account, and told me that I would have to pay for Internet service. This would add $20 to my bill. I asked him to show me the phone, explain what it did, and then I would decide whether to go for it, or get a basic phone again.
He brought out the white box, with a picture of the phone on the top. Once opened he showed me the phone. He used his own phone, which was a bigger version than the one I was getting, to show me the basics. He pretty much sold me on getting a smartphone.
He told me that I would have to pay the $50 plus an $18 upgrade fee, which was fine by me. He would print off the rebate form.
So with this sorted out, he burned a new sim card for me, opened up the back of the HTC Wildfire S Smartphone, and put it in.
He powered on the phone by pressing down on the button on the top of the phone. He showed me that the phone was locked, and I had to pull down on the screen.
The main page has the time, the date, the town I live, or where I am, the temperature, the high and low for the day, all at the top. It then has 8 apps. These are the ones that were on the front, but can be changed or moved around. Mine are messages, contacts, camcorder, camera, clock, calculator, calendar, and my account.
At the bottom center is phone, and he made a call from his phone to mine, to ensure it was working. He then made the call from my phone. He put on a couple of apps from the ‘market’, which he thought I might like, and then handed me the phone.
He gave me his card with contact information, as I am sure that he knew, I would have questions.
I brought my phone home, and read through the start up guide, while it was charging up. Here I learned where the home key, menu key, back key, quick search key, volume key, status bar, and power/lock key were.
Once my HTC Wildfire S Smartphone was charged I wanted to try it out. First off I phoned the house, and Len picked it up, so the phone worked. When Len called me, it rang, and it told me to drag down on the front of the phone, to answer or decline. When I dragged down it automatically answered for me.
I had Len call me again while the screen wasn’t locked. This time it showed me the incoming call, from home, and I could accept or decline it. So now I knew how to use the phone side of it.
The next thing I wanted to do was to have my phone on my WIFI at home. I didn’t know the network password, and it took me several hours to work it out. Once done, when I am at home it doesn’t use T-Mobile, but my Brighthouse.
I have had a gmail account for several years, so I didn’t have to set one up. I already had the icon, so went into it, and started using it. The same thing with Facebook, and YouTube.
I continued to play with the phone, decided to download free apps from the Market, and then couldn’t find where they were. I somehow put Slacker on a full page, and didn’t know how to get it off. I made notes of several things I didn’t know how to do, and my friend’s son came over to help me. He has the same phone, but it has a bigger screen, and he was kind enough to spend a couple of hours with me.
He showed me how Navigation, Maps, and Visual Voicemail worked. He also downloaded Pandora for me, where I can listen to my favorite artists. The most important one that he downloaded was Advanced Task Killer. He told me that my apps would be up and running when my phone is on, and by using this often, I will have more available memory.
So we headed off to Kissimmee for a week. We were on the 7th floor of a building. My Dad passed away in England, and my brother tried phoning me for two hours. I had no reception. In the end he had to email me the news. I went down to the parking lot, and had to walk several hundred yards before getting a signal. Other people in the building with regular cell phones were able to use theirs.
I love the phone, but I ended up calling it a stupid phone, after this. I have had several incidents when I haven’t had a signal, including Sea World, Orlando. People around me were using their phones, but I had nothing with mine.
After Len’s daughter knew I was having this problem she talked me through downloading the app for PingChat. Now I can make contact with her, and also my grand-daughter in England, and let them know if my phone doesn’t have a signal.
Another app I love is Brightest Flashlight. We needed it the other day, and it was amazing.
With my old phone I could set the alarm, turn off my phone, and it would work. With the HTC Wildfire S Smartphone it only works with the phone on.
In Kissimmee I used the Navigation, and I love the way you can say where you want, and it takes you there. I also love the Maps.
The keyboard is small, and to begin with I couldn’t hit the right keys. It would bring up the letters I was typing, and what it thought it would be. For the first couple of days it kept bringing them up in Spanish, and said to ‘Add to dictionary’. It frustrated me, because without a manual, I didn’t know where to go to change stuff. Finally I worked it out for myself.
Here are details from the website, because I am useless when it comes to technology:
Size: 101.3mm x 59.4mm x 12.4mm 3.99″ x 2.34″ x 0.49″
Weight: 105 grams (3.7 ounces) with battery
Display: 3.2-inch touch screen
Screen: 81.3 mm (3.2″)
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
Power & Battery2
Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
WCDMA: Up to 350 minutes
GSM: Up to 430 minutes
WCDMA: Up to 570 hours
GSM: Up to 360 hours
Europe/Asia: 900/2100 MHz
Android with HTC Sense
5 megapixel color camera with auto focus and flash
Ambient light sensor
Audio supported formats:
Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
Video supported formats:
Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9)
Up to 7.2 Mbps download speed
Up to 384 kbps upload speed
Up to 114 Kbps downloading
Up to 560 Kbps downloading
IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® 3.0 with FTP/OPP for file transfer
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
PBAP for phonebook access from the car kit
Internal GPS antenna
Finally, I love the camera, and camcorder. I have taken around 100 photographs so far. I still haven’t worked out when the side area comes up with a list of things to do, but that will come. I love having them on a slideshow, and then being able to pull them closer.
As the camcorder has sound when you playback, that is a great advantage, over a digital camera.
I also love that I can share them via email, and on Facebook.
Once this great-grandmother learns more about the phone, I will wonder how I ever managed without it.