HTC and T-Mobile US have both today announced a partnership to provide children with life threatening illnesses and their families the opportunity to visit the Give Kids The World Village (givekidstheworld.org) and spend some time at the nonprofit "storybook" resort. Starting this Friday (November 23rd) through December 31st, those who purchase a HTC 8X from a T-Mobile authorised retailer will have the option to donate $1 of their purchase to Give The Kids World.
This is to help the donation pool to grow up to $75,000 and unlock the potential to provide an invaluable opportunity for a multitude of families. It's fitting that a Windows Phone 8 handset is used in this promotion for the charity as it sports Kid's Corner - a unique feature that enables parents to control exactly what their children have access to on the mobile device.
If you've always been one to look at certain charities, but never find the moment to make a donation, now's your chance with a HTC 8X purchase. Buying the Windows Phone online or in-store will enable customers to make their purchases count towards the wish-giving goal. Those who choose to opt-in and participate will be able to track the growing pool online and via their new Windows Phone at HTC's website (gift.htc.com). The manufacturer will also update its Facebook page with donation goal announcements.
Mike Woodward, president of HTC North America, had the following to comment on the partnership announcement:
Andrew Morrison, vice president, product management at T-Mobile US, also praised the cause the partnership is supporting through purchases of the HTC 8X Windows Phone.
Give Kids The World partners with more than 250 organisations around the world to help fulfill wishes of children affected by illnesses to visit theme parks of Central Florida. Children (as well as family members) are invited for a free weeklong stay at the 70-acre village. The vacation includes accommodation in whismical villas, entry to nearby theme parks, meals, entertainment and transportation.
The charity has welcomed more than 118,000 children from all 50 states and more than 70 countries worldwide. Pamela Landwirth, president of Give Kids The World, had the following to add to the announcement:
The HTC 8X is available from T-Mobile (with its Class Plan) for $199.99 after a $50 MIR (mail-in-rebate card). The device is also available for qualified customers with the Value Plan for $149.99 after a MIR, as well as the Equipment Instalment Plan.
Rich Edmonds is a word conjurer at Windows Central, covering everything related to Windows, gaming, and hardware. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a device chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
Aww That's nice
Nice. Maybe more people will ask about the phone too.
GKTW is great. We were with them four years ago as part of my son's Make A Wish trip. They were so good to us.
That's really cool. I was there two years ago with my sister who has a disability. It's nice to see T-Mobile is doing this. :)
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