The HTC One will apparently be one of the best selling Android-powered smartphones in 2013, and after we’ve heard earlier today that the Taiwan-based company received “several hundred thousands” pre-orders in US only, now it’s time to talk about the smartphone’s availability in UK.
As you’ve probably heard, the HTC One release date was delayed over unknown reasons (the rumor mill speculates that the company wasn’t capable of producing enough UltraPixel camera sensors), but if you are among the ones who waited for it, you can now go with a carrier of your choice, as the HTC One just arrived at Three UK.
As usual, you will be able to choose from different purchasing options, which will lower or raise the price of the smartphone itself, depending on the plan you choose. You can purchase the HTC One from Three UK with the Unlimited Internet 500 package, you can also go for the One Plan, or you can simply acquire it contract-free at a higher price. Let’s have a look at each of them.
You will receive the HTC One for free if you agree to sign a two-year contract with the Unlimited Internet 500 plan. That will tie you to £34 per month, but, as you probably guessed, you will not have to worry about internet limitations. Of course, you will also have other benefits like 500 any network minutes and 5,000 text messages. It’s a pretty good deal I would say.
If 500 minutes and 5,000 texts are not enough to suit your needs, you can also choose another package, but, which is £2 more expensive. Called The One Plan, it will force you to sign a two-year agreement at a price of £36 a month. What are the benefits of The One Plan? I’m glad you’ve asked. Besides receiving the HTC One for free, you will also receive 2,000 any network minutes, 5,000 Three-to-Three minutes, and 5,000 text messages. Oh, I almost forgot. Just like the Unlimited Internet 500 package, The One Plan comes with unlimited, or “all-you-can-eat” how Three likes to call it, internet data.
If signing agreements with the carriers is not your thing you can also choose the pay as you go option. Well, don’t even think dreaming that Three will give you the HTC One for free, as well. No, you will have to pay £479.99 for the smartphone, then you are free. Well, almost free, because if you choose the pay as you go option you can’t actually go as you pay. You will need to choose between a £10 or £15 30 day add-on. The first one will come with 500 Mb of internet data, 3,000 text messages, and 100 any network minutes. The other one, will give you 300 any network minutes and unlimited data.
For the time being, only the silver HTC One variant is available at Three, but you can also pre-order the black model under the same conditions.
If you aren’t sure whether to buy the HTC One, we remind you that the new flagship smartphone of the Taiwan-based company boasts a 4.7-inch Super LCD3 display with full HD resolution and a pixel density of 469 ppi. It also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset based on four Krait 300 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz, helped by an Adreno 320 GPU. Now add 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, all the connectivity features worthy of a modern smartphone like 4G LTE, HSPA+, all standards of WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, microUSB, infrared port, and the general picture is almost complete.
But don’t forget about the UltraPixel camera HTC mounted on the aluminium back of their device. While all their competitors that launched their flagship smartphones in 2013 went for 13 megapixel sensors, the Taiwanese phone maker has bet on a 4 megapixel shutter with 1/3” sensor size, 2µm pixel size and other catchy features like simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, optical image stabilization, and full HD video recording at 30 fps.