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(Pocket-lint) - HTC has added the ability to let you set whether or not you want Wi-Fi to remain on when the screen times out on the new HTC 8S, which is just about to go on sale in the UK.

Buried in the Advance Wi-Fi settings, it will let customers determine whether or not they want to enable the feature.

The Windows Phone 8S by HTC is available for £19 a month with no up-front cost on the Ultimate Internet 100 plan at Three, and for £17 a month with no up-front cost on the Essential Internet 100 plan - both with a guarantee of no surprise out-of-bundle data charges. The device is also available on Pay As You Go for £179.99 plus a top-up. 

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While a small detail, it is the first Windows Phone 8 device to be able to do this and suggests that the feature will be rolling out to other Windows Phone 8  devices, such as the HTC 8X and the Nokia Lumia range, in the near future.

The feature wasn't expected to be released on a device until early 2013. Rumours suggest that Microsoft is set to roll-out an incremental update to Windows Phone 8 in the first couple of months of 2013, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Dubbed Apollo+, the update will add a few new features, as well as tweak a couple of bugs found in Windows Phone 8.

Improvements are rumoured to include enhancing the audio capabilities of the OS and adding VPN functionality to the phone for businesses.

Writing by Stuart Miles. Originally published on 16 April 2013.