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O2 customers who had been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the HTC Desire will have to wait a little longer, as official word suggests that the launch is being pushed back from its original date.

O2 has experienced problems with the HTC Desire during network testing in the UK, prompting an official blog post announcing the setbacks and the delay to its release.

"Unfortunately the testing we carry out to make sure the phone's ready for launch has taken longer than we had hoped, meaning we won't be able to launch it at the end of April like we originally planned," said an O2 representative.

O2's track record with Android-based smartphones is less than stellar; it has previously delayed the Samsung Galaxy i7500 in the past because of similar testing conflicts.

O2 has been sensible enough to confirm the different price plans on which the HTC Desire will be available when it is finally launched.

The £30 monthly deal with a two year minimum contract comes with unlimited data usage, unlimited inclusive texts and 300 anytime minutes, with the Desire itself costing nearly £50 up-front on top of this.

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