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Price for unlocked HTC One increases by $25

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In spite of some pretty stiff competition from the likes of Samsung, HTC has decided to increase the price of the unlocked 32GB HTC One to $599.99, which is $25 more than the original asking price of $574.99.

While HTC has been mum on the exact reason why it raised the price, most speculation points to the recently-announced “Nexus Experience” HTC One, which sells for $599. 99. It would not make much sense (pun intended) for HTC to offer a version of the phone running its Sense 5 user interface for $25 less than the exact same device running vanilla Android – HTC Sense not only costs HTC money in terms of development, but the company truly believes that the Sense user interface offers something above and beyond what stock Android does.

Before you get too angry about this, keep in mind that it’s only $25, which – in terms of total cost – isn’t that much. Additionally, the probably won’t affect most potential buyers, who are still lured in by cheaper subsidized pricing through carrier contracts. While it’s never fun to see prices go up, I don’t see this as a very big deal in the grand scheme of things.

[HTC via Android Community]
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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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11 thoughts on “Price for unlocked HTC One increases by $25

  • Avatar of Fifth313ment

    John, what a world we live in when $25 is nothing anymore? That is scary in itself. I went and saw Pain & Gain movie at a cheapy movies near my house for $2 Tuesdays and it was awesome! A normal movie in my area is like $10-20 per ticket depending on IMAX, 3D, Motion seats, etc. But average for a normal movie in one of the bigger Regal’s or AMC’s is $11. To me that is just crazy! This world is getting more crazy by the day! I remember in the 90’s cars were like 10k, now you can’t even get a KIA for under 20k new! LOL!

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    • I agree 100%. this phone has now been out for a few month. in the world of phones it is now considered out-dated. they should be dropping the price….

      oh and all the other stuff …. +1 here ! :)

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  • HTC “we embrace the development community”
    HTC here’s a “developer edition” which is the same as the other editions except it’s unlocked, which you could do yourself anyway
    HTC because of demand, we’re raising the price on the “developer edition”

    developers go and buy the non-developer edition, unlock it on the official HTCdev site

    HTC due to sales, obviously we don’t have to support developers because they’re not supporting us.
    HTC: Things stay the same

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    • Avatar of Fifth313ment

      HTC: Do it yourself! LOL

      5th

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    • For a site that once included something called ‘GoodAndEVO’, you all seem to have a lot of hate for HTC.

      What’s funny is that you all complain about removable batteries and SD cards, yet you all seem to rock the Nexus 4…. Hmm….

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      • Not sure who you’re referring to, as only one person on our staff uses a Nexus 4. I still use the EVO 4G LTE, and I think Paul has all three major EVOs still (unless one of them bit the dust…).

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      • I rock the HTC EVO 4G, the 3D and the 4G LTE. HTC’s done everything in their power the past three years to take an amazing product and an awesome development community and squash it.

        They’ve value added spy software, pushed faulty updates to make the cutting edge phone you purchased 6 months ago run like a POS, and threatened to sue developers left and right.

        Yeah, I’ve got a grudge against them and that’s because I live with what they do every day and wish they’d correct their ways

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        • Avatar of Fifth313ment

          Yeah who hasn’t wanted to bash an HTC exec over the head with their EVO in the past year? I mean having to live with the EVO LTE proximity bug for 5 months, only to have them fix it and then return on the JellyBean update only to take another 6 months to fix that makes me want to bash some heads. But then I don’t want my phone to end up looking like the one below and I say nah, nevermind.

          http://www.androidcentral.com/maybe-unibody-design-wasnt-such-bad-idea-breaking-evos-back

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  • The One has more buzz going for it than the S4, I think it’s honestly a design fail on Samsung’s part – it looks like a 2012 phone, not one from 2013. The only thing keeping One sales down has been the supply issues, but they’ve still *sold* 5 million, as opposed to Samsung *shipping* 10 million. Those two words are very, very different.

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    • I’ll also note that I constantly have people asking me “Is that the HTC One? Can I hear the speakers on it? Can I take a look at the screen?”

      There’s almost no way to tell the difference between an S3 and an S4.

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      • Avatar of Fifth313ment

        I agree but I think HTC will have lost it’s design advantage as you can bet they are paying attention. Next year the SGS5 will blow the socks off the next HTC flagship, it’s simply economics! Samsung has a bazillion amount of money to spend and HTC has a 5’er, lol. I think the SGS5 will be the phone to beat! If they make a metal phone with a microSD and removable battery I am soooo sold! And I bet a million dollars HTC still goes with no microSD and a non-removable battery. Any bet takers?

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