After five months on the market, the HTC One has finally made its way to the Verizon network and is available as of Thursday. While it remains unknown why Verizon waited so long to release its version of HTC One, industry observers have noted that the network often keeps its releases separate from other carriers, most likely to avoid complications like shipping delays, which often plague international releases.
The 32GB Verizon HTC One is priced at $199.99 with a two-year contract and at $599.99 off-contract. It is available online and in stores. The 64GB option will likely be available later this year and is expected to sell for $249.99.
Customers can purchase a Verizon HTC One handset with an accessory bundle, which includes an OtterBox Defender case, an anti-scratch display protector and a rapid wall charger. The price for the phone with the accessory bundle is $269.98 with a two-year contract and $669.98 off-contract.
Verizon’s monthly unlimited talk and text plans cost $40 for smartphones, while its Share Everything data plans start at $40. Data can be shared with up to 10 devices on one account. Customers should keep in mind that the early termination fee for a two-year contact is $350. The network notes that customers can take advantage of its trade-in program and recycle old devices, even ones from other carriers.
The HTC One features a sleek aluminum unibody, a 4.7-inch Full HD display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB RAM and a 4MP UltraPixel camera, among its main specs. The Verizon HTC One will be released with Android 4.2.2 onboard, making it the first U.S. HTC One handset to run the operating system. The HTC One also features the Sense 5 UI on top of Android Jelly Bean, showcasing the popular HTC BlinkFeed tool, which acts as an organizer for news and social media.
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