While Samsung and Sony bickered and fought to roll out their respective new high-end smartphones early and earn the upper hand in what’s shaping up to be quite the competitive mobile war, HTC was less about talking the talk and more for walking the walk.
As such, the Taiwanese took the wraps off the second-generation One, known as the all new One or One (M8), and immediately put it up for grabs stateside via three of the big four carriers. So no, Verizon never struck any kind of exclusivity deal with HTC, though America’s most popular operator is likely to easily steal AT&T and Sprint’s thunder nevertheless.
That’s because Big Red is the sole network to offer an M8 promotion of sorts right off the bat, namely what we like to call a BOGO deal. Essentially, if you swing by Verizon’s online shop or one of its many brick and mortar stores through March 31, you pay the regular cost of just one HTC M8 and get two of them.
That’s right, 200 bucks buys you two all new Ones from Verizon, complete with a 24-month pact. Meanwhile, Sprint and AT&T each charge $199.99 for a single contract-restricted M8, or $0 with Easy Pay and Framily on the former, and $0 with monthly payments of $32 or $25 on the latter.
Don’t want to be tied up to a lengthy carrier agreement? There are ways to get around contracts. You can wait until April 11 and score the all-aluminum beast from T-Mobile at $0 upfront and $636 full retail cost, purchase it now for $600 outright via Verizon, $640 on AT&T, and $650 through Sprint.
Finally, a so-called Sense-less version, aka the Google Play Edition, running a stock Android 4.4 KitKat build with no tweaks or forks whatsoever, is available on pre-order through Big G’s Play Store at $700. Mind you, it only ships in two to three weeks.