Still haven’t made up your minds on HTC’s “One to rule them all”? Can’t say I blame you. The thing is a mixed bag of nuts, and, with Galaxy S4’s launch looming, it’s hard to think Sammy won’t do enough to undercut HTC… again.
Yet there’s something about the One that sticks. And for the time being at least, the 4.7-incher does have enough “juice” to outdo champs like the Droid DNA or Galaxy Note 2. Those are last year’s flagships, but still.
But if HTC wants to capitalize on this presumed short period of domination, the One has to be released… yesterday. Thankfully, the Taiwanese look like they’ve learned a thing or two after last year’s One X flop. The current ETA for Europe is mid-March, but don’t be surprised if you’re going to see the bad boy in stores earlier.
The German and UK launch stages are all set, with pricing details almost fully revealed. O2 seems to have the edge on the competition in Deutschland, even though T-Mobile, Vodafone and E-Plus are also confirmed to carry the phone.
We’re less than 12 days away from O2 Germany’s release, according to the network’s website, meaning the One will start shipping on March 6. Off-contract pricing starts at €661 ($870), while the subsidized flavor will set you back €25.99 each month.
In both cases, you’ll get a Beats by Dr. Dre headphone set for free (normally worth €99), so the deal doesn’t sound half bad.
Notebooksbiliger.de also has the HTC One listed for pre-order, but the ETA is “late March”. The retailer’s One is at the same time a tad pricier than O2’s off-contract version – €669.90. On the other hand, if you prefer a carrier-locked model, you can pre-order it from here with Vodafone, T-Mobile or O2 plans starting at €182.
Meanwhile, even if the GB launch is still scheduled for March 15, (some) on-contract pricing details have been revealed in addition to unlocked price points. Phones4U, which happens to have the best price for the SIM-free One, also offers it with Vodafone, Orange and EE 24-month contracts.
The best deal seems to be with Orange, where you can get the One for free with £36 plans including 900 minutes, unlimited texts and 1 GB of data. Vodafone and EE also have the HTC phone available for no upfront charge, but their plans are steeper, at £37 and £41 respectively.
Upon pre-ordering the HTC One, you’ll get a complimentary set of UR Beats headphones, as well as a flip case, worth a total of over £100. Not too shabby, but is it enough to make you not wait for the GS4? You tell us.