The Verizon HTC One will be released in one day from now, and those interested in purchasing the device without a two-year contract will be pleased to know that Big Red has confirmed the off-contract price point for its version of HTC’s 2013 flagship smartphone.
â€” Albert Aydin (@VZWalbert) August 19, 2013
Verizon recently confirmed via Twitter that its 32GB HTC One model will retail for $599.99 off-contract. Verizon has stuck to the same HTC One pricing seen on other carriers such as AT&T and Sprint, which have had the HTC One since March. With a two-year contract, the Verizon HTC One will sell for $199.99 in its 32GB model. The 64GB option will likely also be available, and it's expected to be released at $249.99.
While relatively expensive, off-contract devices sold at their full retail price offer a viable option for many customers. Some customers have unlimited data plans on carriers like Verizon, which they would lose if they signed a new two-year contract. However, Verizon allows for the grandfathering of old data plans if customers opt for purchasing a device off-contract. Others are simply uninterested in being tied down by a two-year contract.
Consumers can register at the Verizon HTC One sign-up page for more information. The carrier did allow pre-orders for this version of the HTC One. Customers can, however, pre-order the Verizon handset at Wirefly for a discounted contract price of $149.99; however, its off-contract price for the HTC One is $649.99.
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 on board, 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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