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HTC Offers Completely Unlocked LTE Version of HTC One
For $25 Less Than You'd Have to Pay AT&T For the Honor
by Karl Bode 08:53AM Wednesday Apr 24 2013
While the Nexus 4 is generally considered a very good phone, Google took a lot of heat at launch for the fact they didn't offer LTE. That marred an otherwise interesting attempt to bypass carriers by offering a less expensive, unsubsidized phone directly to consumers (aka the way Europeans have been doing it for years). At the time, Google stated that the decision was a tactical one aimed at conserving battery life and preserving a "quality user experience":
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Android head Andy Rubin calls the lack of LTE a "tactical issue," and cites cost and battery life as major concerns with devices that have to support multiple radios. "A lot of the networks that have deployed LTE haven't scaled completely yet — they're hybrid networks [...] which means the devices need both radios built into them," he said. "When we did the Galaxy Nexus with LTE we had to do just that, and it just wasn't a great user experience."
HTC has now beaten Google to the punch, the Verge getting all breathless about the fact that HTC is now offering an LTE version of their well-reviewed HTC One with an unlocked bootloader you can take to either AT&T or T-Mobile. The phone will run you $575, $25 less than AT&T will charge you for an unlocked version, and you'll get updates more quickly than you will through AT&T.

The Verge's gushing about the development is a touch dramatic, since Google is expected to finally announced the LTE version of their Nexus 4 within a few months.

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podstolom

join:2010-01-25
Wichita, KS

Unlocked Bootloader...Nope

This version is SIM-Unlocked for carrier interoperability, but not BootLoader-Unlocked. That version will be $650 and has been delayed.
kaila

join:2000-10-11
Lincolnshire, IL

Re: Unlocked Bootloader...Nope

Unlocking the bootloader for unlocked HTC One's is a relatively simple process (and well documented), requiring a visit to HTC's dev site.

AT&T will force HTC to disable the ability to unlock the bootloader for their One's sold subsidized, but that isn't the case just yet.
guardfrog

join:2004-08-27
Dallas, TX

Re: Unlocked Bootloader...Nope

I don't see HTC One as one of the supported models on the dev site.

Can you use the same process as one of the listed devices?

inteller
Sociopaths always win.

join:2003-12-08
Tulsa, OK

and you get free stolen technology to boot!

What a steal! Hurry before HTC runs out of HTC Ones /w Nokia HD recording technology!
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"WHEN THE LAUGH TRACK STARTS THEN THE FUN STARTS!"
Killersaurus

join:2012-09-17

I'll just wait...

... for the Nexus 5. Given the speed of cell phone tech the 4 is old news at this point.

cdru
Go Colts
Premium,MVM
join:2003-05-14
Fort Wayne, IN
kudos:7

Re: I'll just wait...

By the time Model X is widely released, Model X+1 is "right around the corner". Welcome to technology.

hey hey hey

@charter.com

YAWN

Only for at&t and T-mobile?

Verizon/Sprint customers > At&t/t-mobile customers.

So basically this is a phone for LESS than half the market.

jap
Premium
join:2003-08-10
038xx

Re: YAWN

said by hey hey hey :

Verizon/Sprint customers > At&t/t-mobile customers.
So basically this is a phone for LESS than half the market.

It's the smarter and faster growing market portion and you left out the MVNO factor.
elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY

Mission complete

Goog is happy. They want to push phone partners to break away from carriers, and this is a prime example. You break from the carrier, now you can concentrate on timely software upgrade.

Unlocking bootloaders isn't that hard. In the past HTC made it real easy. Not sure on the One. The Nexus 4 ships w/ locked bootloader too. It took me 20 minutes to root. Software has gotten much better than the old adb days..

LTE is a nice to have. N4 works fine on TMo HSPA+. Verizon barely has 50% of their phones on LTE, and the others are babies on deploying. They are going to light up new freq and break the current phones anyways.

jseymour

join:2009-12-11
Waterford, MI

This is encouraging, but...

$575 for a phone? I dunno... I certainly don't want to put $600 on my credit card, not with the interest rate they charge, and taking out a conventional loan for a phone seems kind of... extreme? Silly? Outrageous, even?

I think this aspect of the digital revolution, this whole smartphone thing, I may just have to let go by... Shame, really. They are kinda cool.

Jim
kaila

join:2000-10-11
Lincolnshire, IL

Re: This is encouraging, but...

Don't fret.... If you look around, you'll find some reasonably priced and capable smartphones now considered a year behind the curve. And as Moore's law continues to push the envelope of tech, the performance levels of the current bleeding edge class of smartphones will drop in price faster than ever.

R4M0N
Brazilian Soccer Ownz Joo

join:2000-10-04
Glen Allen, VA
I feel the same way... for that price I can get two Nexus 4. I don't care if the HTC One is better because it sure as heck isn't $300 better.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH
Obviously it's stupid to finance a phone, that's just irresponsible, however, yes, it is too much. Most people don't want to drop that kind of money. The people who really want a GE phone will get the Nexus 4. Maybe the next Nexus will have AT&T and T-Mobile LTE bands...

michieru
Premium
join:2009-07-25
Miami, FL
You are buying a PDA and not a phone, that is simply a feature of the PDA. However if you don't use most if not all of it's features then of course the price tag looks very steep.
elefante72

join:2010-12-03
East Amherst, NY

Mission complete

Goog is happy. They want to push phone partners to break away from carriers, and this is a prime example. You break from the carrier, now you can concentrate on timely software upgrade.

Unlocking bootloaders isn't that hard. In the past HTC made it real easy. Not sure on the One. The Nexus 4 ships w/ locked bootloader too. It took me 20 minutes to root. Software has gotten much better than the old adb days..

LTE is a nice to have. N4 works fine on TMo HSPA+. Verizon barely has 50% of their phones on LTE, and the others are babies on deploying. They are going to light up new freq and break the current phones anyways.

Unlocked HTC One

"The phone will run you $575, $25 less than AT&T will charge you for an unlocked version, and you'll get updates more quickly than you will through AT&T."

If the updates come through HTC, I wouldn't bet the farm on it. I own an HTC Jetstream and HTC immediately dropped all support for this tablet almost immediately after launch leaving it locked out of the Google Play Store.