The wait is almost over for the HTC One. It's now released on several networks in the UK, including Vodafone, Three, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and EE. Price, preorder and release date information for the smartphone is now also available in the U.S.
Supply shortages for components in the device’s Ultrapixel camera caused worldwide delays on the HTC One’s release that will reportedly continue throughout April, though in addition to the UK, the phone is now also available in Germany and Taiwan.
The three major U.S. carriers slated to power the HTC One are T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint. Radio Shack is also among the device’s retailers, and they all have concrete information for consumers interested in HTC’s flagship phone of 2013.
In accordance with its new “uncarrier” plans, T-Mobile will be offering its HTC One for just $99 with additional monthly installments of an unspecified amount. The network’s no contract Simple Choice plan starts at $50 per month for unlimited talk, text and 500MB of data.
In addition, customers can take advantage of the free car docks that will come with HTC handsets while supplies last. Users will also have a chance to get a $100 Visa card upon trading in their old device.
Customers must sign up at T-Mobile’s HTC One information page by Thursday, buy the device by April 26 and trade it in for their current device by April 31. The device traded device must be in working order. Customers will receive their Visa card -- worth $100 or the trade-in value of the older phone, whichever is higher -- once proof of purchase is sent to T-Mobile.
There hasn’t been a regular release date indicated for T-Mobile outside of the Visa card deal. However, we can likely expect it to be some time within the same time frame.
AT&T has announced that its HTC One will go on sale on April 19 with preorders starting Thursday. The network will offer 32GB and 64GB models priced at $199.99 and $299.99, respectively, with a two-year contact. The 64GB variant will be sold exclusively at AT&T.
Customers who preorder will also receive a free HTC Media Link HD wireless HDMI adaptor that allows for wireless content sharing from a HTC One handset to a HD TV.
Sprint has announced that its HTC One will go on sale on April 19 with preorders starting Friday. The network will offer the 32GB priced at $199.99. The carrier is also especially promoting its Truly Unlimited plan, which offers unlimited data, text and calling for $79.99.
Radio Shack will reportedly offer the HTC One powered by Sprint. An anonymous source snapped a photo of an ad for the device at a Radio Shack retail store detailing that the 32GB handset will sell for $199.99 with a two-year contract.
In addition, customers will receive a free $50 Google Play Store credit, as well as a $10 coupon. The ad, however, does not indicate preorder or release dates.
With a host of concrete information available for the U.S. HTC One, the Taiwanese company is likely looking forward to making up for lost time, though it faces fierce competition from Samsung, whose Galaxy S4 smartphone is slated to release just after the One. The coming weeks will likely be interesting as the battle of the flagship smartphones really begins.