Best Buy HTC One pre-order open; AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile models in stock
The HTC One is now available for pre-order form Best Buy as well, with the retailer listing all three U.S. version for the handset, AT&T’s, Sprint’s and T-Mobile’s.
Best Buy only seems to have the Glacial Silver 32GB version of the handset in stock at this time, priced at $199.99 with new contracts for AT&T and Sprint and at $249.99 with new T-Mobile two-year agreements.
While the AT&T and Sprint offers aren’t surprising, considering that the two carriers sell the 32GB HTC One for the same price in their respective online stores when purchased with new two-year contracts, the T-Mobile version is definitely a lot more expensive than you’d expect.
Only a few weeks ago, T-Mobile unveiled its “uncarrier” plans that ditch the mandatory two-year agreement in favor of no-contract offers. At the same time, the carrier wants to keep prices for high-end devices low by letting users pay for the device of their choice in monthly installments. A different kind of “contract” if you will, but one that Best Buy isn’t offering.
The HTC One on T-Mobile should cost $99 without a contract but with a number of installments, but Best Buy’s offer doesn’t reflect that. Instead, buying a T-Mobile HTC One from Best Buy means you’ll have to pay $249.99 upfront and agree to a new two-year contract with the carrier.
At the same time, we’ll point out that Best Buy does list a special HTC One page on its website, from which buyers can choose their HTC One carrier (image above). However, the T-Mobile link isn’t activated at this time, so you’ll have to manually search for the T-Mobile HTC One to pre-order it.
The unlocked HTC One will cost you $699.99 no matter what carrier you choose. As for shipping, Best Buy will release the HTC One on April 19, again, no matter what offer you choose.