HTC Offers Completely Unlocked LTE Version of HTC One
For $25 Less Than You'd Have to Pay AT&T For the Honor
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":
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.