Telstra customers across Australia will be able to buy the Android-based HTC Desire a week ahead of schedule; however, some stores may have to wait to get their hands on the phone.
An object of HTC Desire (Credit: Telstra)
"In response to massive interest from Australian consumers, Telstra has moved the launch of HTC Desire forward by almost a week to today," said Telstra spokesperson, Ross Fielding, in an announcement.
"Telstra's flagship [T]life stores in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth will be the first to stock the new smartphone, with Telstra stores across Australia receiving deliveries by the end of the week," he said.
"A long weekend is a great opportunity for people to come in and experience it. People want to get hands on," Telstra spokesperson Peter Symons said.
According to the announcement, the accelerated launch means that Australians will be the first in the Asia-Pacific to receive the smartphone. HTC Desire will be exclusive to Telstra for six months.
"We are also pleased to announce that HTC Desire will now be exclusive to Telstra for six months — a three-month extension on our previous arrangement," said Fielding.
The phone will be rolled out "progressively" through the week to Telstra stores across Australia. Telstra recommended customers purchase the phone online.