HTC had timed the launch of its flagship HTC One just right, aiming to have the device available to consumers before devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4 made it to stores. Unfortunately, a delay caused by supply shortages of the Ultrapixel camera components has led to the company losing out on a major advantage over its rivals. While this shortage could continue for up to a month, leading to the launch being pushed back even more, it looks like HTC might gain some of the advantage back as far as another important factor, price, is concerned.
According to a tip (and image) received by Phandroid, Radioshack has put up signs in anticipation of the imminent arrival of the HTC One, and the posters hold some very interesting information. The sign that we see in the image below is for the HTC One on Sprint, which looks to be priced at $199.99. Considering that competing networks aren’t going to get away with changing the price by much (unless you’re T-Mobile), the AT&T version should cost the same as well. This is definitely notable considering that AT&T recently announced a $249.99 price point for the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Further sweetening the deal, it looks like people buying the HTC One from Sprint, with a 2-year contract of course, will also receive $50 worth of Google Play Store credit! That is a lot of Play Store credit to play around with, and will allow new HTC One owners to get their hands on a significant number of apps, books, music, movies, and magazines. With most apps priced at $0.99, that is potentially 50 apps you’re looking at! The inclusion of this credit essentially reduces the cost of the device to $149.
Not enough? Radioshack will throw in another $10 coupon, again, only when you sign up for a new 2-year contract.
I’m not sure if the same deals apply with the AT&T version as well, which Radioshack will also sell, and it’ll be very interesting to see how much of a difference it’ll be when buying the device from the network carrier directly.
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