HTC offering unlocked HTC One for $575


If you’re not interested in paying $650 for the 64GB developer edition of the HTC One (view our HTC One developer edition unboxing), HTC has another opportunity for buying the device unlocked that you may be interested in. The company has listed the 32GB unlocked version of its phone for $575 on its own website, good for use with any GSM network in America and around the world.

It’s the same HTC One we reviewed late last week, except it’s not bound to any specific carrier and doesn’t have any carrier bloatware or logos. The updates will be issued by HTC, which could mean faster updates than what carrier versions will get.

That said, this device won’t come with the same unlocked bootloader that the developer edition comes with. We’re not sure if that will mean anything in the long run as HTC could offer an unlock tool on its HTCDev website, and the beautiful development community surrounding Android could come through with an unlock method of its own, but it’s something to consider.

In our official HTC One review, Chris praised the device’s design, its beautiful display, great battery life and improved Sense, but also noted some inconsistencies that might annoy users. I won’t spoil all the juicy details from that piece so you’ll just have to read the review. The 4.7-inch full HD device comes equipped with a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, HTC’s innovative UltraPixel camera, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and more.

You can head to the manufacturer’s site if you’re interested in grabbing one for yourself. It’s a fine price for a device of this quality so be sure to act first before you miss out.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. What game is that ?

    1. I think Dungeon Hunter 4

      1. It is and its excellent!

  2. Bring it down $75 and I will buy one right NOW.

    1. Sure, in 6 months or so

  3. is this like the international version that doesn’t have the right bands for T-Mobile?

    1. HSPA+ on 1700/2100(AWS) is missing. T-Mobile has already started moving it onto 1900, and should be done by the end of the year. Then it’ll share all 1G/2G/3G/HSPA bands with AT&T.

      1. T-mobiles AWS is 1700/2100 for LTE, is the AWS on this phone different?

        1. All AWS is 1700/2100. 1900/2100 is called UMTS2100. AT&T’s 1900 (And T-Mobile’s 1900) is PCS.

          LTE on the unlocked and dev phones covers 700/850/AWS/1900, so that should work.

          1. Okay, I thought so but I see some people writing that the unlocked and dev edition wont work on tmobile LTE, including myself at first. Tmobile rolled out the 1900 hspa+ where I live, but waiting for their LTE.

          2. Yeah, as far as I’ve seen, it’s only HSPA+ in areas that don’t have it on 1900 that will be the issue.

  4. I’m trying to sort out in my head whether this is a better deal than heading directly to a T-Mobile store and picking up one there. I recall that there is a slight discrepancy between the Developer units, and the T-Mobile version when it comes to bands that it can work on. Not sure if this unlocked one has the same issue.

    1. Unless you will always be in an area that has T-Mobile LTE or the refarmed 1900MHz you want the T-Mobile one instead. Missing 1700. It’s just like the Dev One and the unlocked One mentioned before.

      HSPA/WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz – GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz – LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz (US)

      1. That’s kind of what I fell on the side of, but initially it was when I had just gotten up, so it was just so many numbers to try and focus on.

      2. AWS is the 1700/2100 LTE frequency.

    2. updates directly from HTC no bloatware, branding, or carrier restrictions.

  5. The 32GB is $650 in Canada… I tried to order off HTC but they only ship within the US.

  6. Do it have ATT LTE?

    1. Yes, 32GB unlocked ONE has LTE bands 700 and AWS.

  7. The RF blaster and aluminum isn’t worth the extra $225 over the nexus 4

    1. What are you taking about? Lol

    2. well on top of that there is the better camera, the better screen, the better speakers, the better mics, and the better build so definitely worth the extra $225.


      2. Ya but then there’s the stupid ass button configuration that ruins the whole thing.

        1. I can see how it might be harder for you, since you’re missing your opposable thumbs and all.

  8. I noticed on HTC’s website it says the unlocked version supports “HSPA/WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz – GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz – LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz (US)” Since VZW is CDMA, does that mean I could use it on VZW? (I don’t think thats right but seeing WCDMA makes me unsure)

    1. No, this device will not work on Verizon’s CDMA network.
      Note that on the HTC ONE, it is WCDMA for its 3G (HSPA+), where Verizon does not use.
      The CDMA for Verizon is for its 2G network, where hTC ONE uses GSM.
      Therefore, if you are verizon, you are SOL until Verizon launches its own version of ONE.

      1. Thats what I thought but was hoping. Thanks!

  9. Rather have a Nexus unlocked

    1. Thats what I currently have, I went to a wedding Saturday night, I dont feel like putting up with that camera again, its grainy, horrible low light performance and when I use it outside it gets mad lens flare, never again.

  10. Quentyn, please look into this a little closer. It is total bull. I ordered at 10 am this morning for delivery next Day Air. The website stated orders placed before 2 pm shipped same day. The link you provided is for HTC but the order is fullfilled through Let’s Talk. My account was debited, but I never received a confirmation email. 3 times I tried to call and waited in excess of 45 minutes. On the third try I got through. I was told my order would not ship today as promised. The rep told me they had been taking orders since April 5th and were fullfilling them in the order they were received. She could not tell me when my Next Day Air order would be shipped.
    I cancelled my order and highly recommend no one order from these unethical people

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