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HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 “Google Play Editions” Now Available

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As expected, since the date is June 26, the new “Nexus experience” editions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 are now available through Google Play. Each runs a completely stock version of Android that will be updated directly by Google (or won’t they?), much like its line of Nexus devices. You won’t find HTC’s Sense or Samsung’s TouchWiz anywhere on either phone, making these the ultimate flagship phones for Android enthusiasts. 

The HTC One can be had for $599, while the Galaxy S4 drops in at $649. Both phones do not require a contract through a carrier and are sold as “unlocked,” however, each will work on either AT&T and T-Mobile LTE networks. They also come with unlockable bootloaders, so they are by all means hacker-friendly.

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The Galaxy S4 will come with 16GB of internal storage, but that can be expanded through a microSD card slot. The HTC One carries 32GB of internal storage, and does not have room for growth. The rest of the specs remain the same as their carrier-tied versions.

The devices will ship soon (in July).

This is your opportunity to buy the latest and greatest in smartphones, but have them mostly handled by Google. Are you ready to dive in?

Play Links:  HTC One ($599) | Samsung Galaxy S4 ($649)

  • vonNexus

    I decided less than 12 hours since picking up my free DNA to return it BECAUSE it removes my unlimited account, but even worse it comes out of the box with 4.84 gb of 16 gb no ad slot due to the dumb brass holes at Verizon that order a DROID device exclusive to Verizon and they wonder why it didn’t sell. Wasn’t HTC’s fault. No wonder HTC doesn’t want to make exclusive phone deals with carriers anymore. If this phone had a ad card slot like the Razr line, S4 and so many other top selling devices. But dumb decisions thinking dumb customers will use Verizon’s horrible cloud, they handicap a device that I won’t keep for free. The display is awesome though. I may just use Sprint again. I don’t like these unlimited games carriers are pulling.

  • anynomouse

    what version that they have for google play edition for Galaxy S4 ? Octa or quad core?

  • n11

    Bring them to Canada!!!

  • David Weinstock

    Does the GS4 GE come in black? Is it weird for a guy to use a white phone?

    • Brandon Golway

      I’ve never liked white phones or white electronics.

      • David Weinstock

        Yes but is it weird ? Will the GS4 ever come in black?

        • Brandon Golway

          I wouldn’t say it’s weird, white isn’t a girly color. Pink on the other hand……

  • Rob Mounts

    I thought Samsung moved away from Roman Numerals with the S4, but Google lists it as the SIV in the picture above.

    • Brandon Golway

      So it’s the Galaxy SIV (pronounced like sieve)? lol

  • Sam

    It looks like no one spotted that the SGS4 powers by snapdragon s4 pro not the 600 one

    • Brandon Golway

      Good catch but after some quick googling according to a guy on XDA they’re pretty much the same chips: “The S4 Pro and the Snapdragon 600 are basically the same chip. The model number is almost identical (APQ8064 vs APQ8064T; the Plus, Prime, and 800 all have very different model numbers), same fab process at 28 nm, same L0, L1, and L2 caches, same GPU. The difference is higher clock speed (max 1.7 vs max 1.9 GHz), and potentially a faster/bigger memory channel.”

      What’s funny is that he mentions 1.7 vs 1.9, yet the stock max frequency of the S600 is 1.8!

      • Sam

        Yes, that’s true. But I don’t think Samsung would shift their SGS4 production from snap600 to snap s4 pro. It might be just a Google tech specs mistake

        • Brandon Golway

          Yea it doesn’t really make sense to change the components in it for no good reason. I was just shedding some light on it.

          • Sam

            Hhhh, as I thought, it was a tiny mistake and they did correct it to snapdragon 600.

          • Brandon Golway

            Good to know!

  • Dan

    great so I could of bought the developer edition.. wasted money on s4 for verizon -_-

  • NexusPhan69

    Why the balls is the GS4 only available in white?

  • Christian

    Woah just saw a video of both devices and the camera has the new “arc” interface instead of the circle…maybe Google is teasing some 4.3 features in the software for these devices :O

  • GregSki86

    Damn for that price tag, f*ck both phones…smh. Hope the Nexus 5 comes LTE ready to get it on Verizon, for $200 or even $300 through google play it would be worth it to me.

  • your truly
  • Prime7

    1. I wish there were a CDMA version of this; I’d be all over it.
    2. It would be cool to keep Samsung’s camera software, too.

  • GutterIsATool

    Dumb question: How do you navigate to these just through the normal Play Store web interface?

    • Patrick Hulton

      play.google.com

      under the play store logo there is a drop down menu “shop.” Hover over it and the last option is “shop devices.”

      • GutterIsATool

        When I posted earlier, the only things showing up in Devices were the Google Nexus devices (4, 7, 10). The only way I could get to these phones was through the link. That’s why I asked. They’re right on the Play Store main page now.

        • Patrick Hulton

          That’s strange, staged roll-out maybe?

  • anezarati

    anyone know where that live wallpaper comes from? just noticed it is not on my n4, but i would assume it is part of the stock google wallpapers.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    *hides wallet*

  • gk08

    No black… :(

  • JonathonFlores

    Why anyone would buy this over a Nexus is beyond me. The only people who know what a Nexus experience is are going to buy a…(wait for it) NEXUS!

  • shooter50

    As usual, they are not in stock. Ship date is July 9. Another product Google promises and can’t deliver on time. The headline of this article is misleading. “available” means shipping today and this is not the case.

  • David Lanza

    Why wouldn’t this S4 work on Verizon?

  • Weber

    Two months from now: GS4 GE LTE-A…wait for more haters.

  • Kane Desousa

    Really, the S4 has an S4 pro processor not the snapdragon 600 RIP-OFF

    • Bionic

      thats a mistake, calm down

  • Bionic

    I wonder if the S4 GED still has the awesome Samsung camera stuff? Because this camera is seriously THAT good and it would be a shame to have the stock Android camera instead.

    • Derek Lockovich

      Apparently, there’s a new Stock Camera app bundled with those 2 devices.

      • Bionic

        thats a shame, because the camera on the S4 is by far the best of any phone right now, beats my wife’s iphone 5 hands down.

        • Derek Lockovich

          Well, the camera should still be awesome. It won’t have any of those Samsung additions, but at least it’ll still keep it’s quality (one would assume..).

          • Bionic

            but those add ons are what helps it be awesome. I guess you dont know until you use it, but trust me, its great.

          • Derek Lockovich

            I completely believe you. I’ll know today. I have an S4 coming in to replace this DNA so I’ll get back to you with it’s awesomness. :p

          • Bionic

            what was wrong with your DNA?

          • Derek Lockovich

            Honestly, just the fact that the 4.2.2 ROMs are still the most buggy, unfinished pieces of work still. There’s a chance it’ll never get official 4.2.2 with Verizon at the helm. I’ll never be able to use Google Wallet with it, and it just wasn’t worth it to keep it.

          • Bionic

            fun fun

        • tyguy829

          but the stock camera is actually the new one we saw running on that nexus 4 a bit ago. go to 5:15 of the video. Engadget says it actually takes very comparable pictures to the touchwiz camera

          http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/26/htc-one-google-play-edition-hands-on-video/

          • Bionic

            im sure the actual pics are almost the same, im talking about the cool software samsung is using such as HDR feature and others.

      • anezarati
  • tyguy829

    Hold the phone! Why does the S4 say snapdragon s4 pro? Is it a mistake, or did they really do that?

    • Bionic

      thats a mistake

  • LionStone

    Would love to see what the GE One looks like…will you be doing an unboxing Kellex?

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    And Samsung drops kernel source for the GT-I9505G, which is the Google Experience GS4. That means the GE GS4 runs a stock Android ROM that’s built and updated by Samsung, not Google. Anyone dreaming of getting updates as fast as a Nexus 4 may as well just buy a Nexus 4 and save their money.

    I’m looking forward to eating popcorn while I watch the Internet blow up when people realize that their updates will be delayed.

    • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

      Thanks for the Buzzkill! That sucks.

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        Just trying to save people money and frustration.

        • Bionic

          im sure a dev out there will find a way to get truly stock android onto it

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            Oh probably, but for those of us who prefer to just keep things stock, it’s annoying. Updates will be delayed by at least a month, guaranteed.

          • Bionic

            i agree, very annoying especially considering the cost of the phone

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            Yep, and if the GE GS4 runs a Sammy ROM, there’s every reason to believe that the GE One will run an HTC ROM. That’s why I laughed when all Hugo Barra would say is “prompt system updates” at I/O. That was intentionally vague marketing speak. And since these almost certainly run OEM-updated ROMs, there’s really no reason to own a GE GS4 or GE One over an unlocked Touchwiz/Sense-skinned version unless you just like stock Android UI that much.

        • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

          yeah I know just thought I’d give you a hard time lol. the dream was alive for a minute though.

    • Bionic

      nice find

      • PhoenixPath

        From the linked article of “proof”…

        “…but I wager that this means GPe devices will lag behind their canonical Nexus counterparts”

        Take that however you may, but somehow I don’t think a “wager” counts as a guarantee…

    • LiterofCola

      Still wouldn’t buy an LG

      • Bionic

        oh i would, you see that beast last night?

        • LiterofCola

          I saw the pics, not a huge fan of their physical look. Sony however…..

          • Bionic

            eww sony? no thanks

    • T4rd

      So you think it’s going to take them 6+ months to port stock Android updates to their GE phones, just like thier skinned/carrier variants?

      I’m sure they will get updated a bit slower than the N4, but they shouldn’t be lagging more than a month or so behind the N4 and shouldn’t be anywhere near as slow as the other variants.

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        As long as a month is acceptable to you, then go buy one! I’m just saying that most people are buying these with the assumption that they’ll get updates at the same speed that Nexus devices do, and that’s simply not the case.

        Also, in the case of a major Android revision, the updates will be delayed longer than a month. It’ll take a month just for the chip manufacturers to update their drivers for a new version of Android.

        If delayed updates are OK with you, then by all means, buy one. Just know what you’re buying. That’s all. :)

        • T4rd

          Yeah, I don’t think anyone should expect updates as fast as an actual Nexus device that’s supported directly by Google. As you said; OEMs will have to take these updates from Google and tweak them to ensure it is optimized for their GE phones, so they should lag a bit behind the Nexus phones, but it shouldn’t be excessive.

        • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

          Once again…your assuming much. Don’t you know that both Samsung and HTC will be working on preparing their phones for new versions of Android long before Google releases new updates to Android to the public? It’s not like Google will be hiding Android updates from their partners.

          I’m sure it takes them time, as it takes Google time to update Nexus devices. That will all probably happen in tandem, quietly behind the scenes, which leads to a likely release of updates for both of these phones at or very near the dates that Google releases their official Nexus updates.

    • PhoenixPath

      “BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!! COMPLETE PROOF THAT THESE ARE NOT GOOGLE ROMS:http://www.anandtech.com/show/…”

      Um, he specifically states, “but I’d wager”…that’s hardly proof, friend.

      Why don’t we wait until devices from the play store actually hit the hands of those who purchased them and we see an update before making such claims, hmmm?

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        The proof is in the build numbers and kernel signatures. Those aren’t Google build numbers or Google kernel sigs. They’re OEM sigs. Plus the GES4 supports the S-View flip covers, which means it has at least some Samsung-proprietary code in the ROM. The GEOne supports Beats Audio which means there is at least some HTC code in the ROM. These offer the Nexus user experience but that’s as far as it goes. These are not Google ROMs. The end.

        If you’re OK with shelling out that kind of cash for a device whose biggest selling point to people like us was “fast updates”, but who get updates with an OEM middleman, then go for it. Just know what you’re buying before you buy it. You’re buying the stock Nexus user experience. You’re not buying a device that receives updates as fast as the N4.

        • PhoenixPath

          *laughs*

          Um, Google already put beats into AOSP. They announced that a while ago…and since you haven’t seen the code covering screen-state, you can’t honestly claim that hasn’t been updated as well.

          “These are not Google ROMs. The end.”

          Kernels and ROMS are two entirely different things, my friend. You seem a tad confused about that…

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            I’m not confused about that at all, my man. :)

            I know that kernels and ROMs are separate, but considering that ROMs and kernels come packaged together as a whole (for the purposes of OTA updates), you can’t release one without the other. Because of that, the updates will be delayed until the OEMs have updated their kernels.

            With Nexus devices, Google works on the kernels in tandem with the new Android ROMs, thus why kernel source for Nexus devices are always available in AOSP at the same time the new Android platform is released.

            So my point is, even if the ROM is straight Google, it’s still delayed by OEMs with kernel source since you can’t have one without the other. For minor updates, this won’t be as bad because it could well be that there’s no kernel update for a minor bump, but for a major bump, there’s going to be delay. Will it have Android 4.3 or even Key Lime Pie faster than the unlocked skinned versions? Of course they will. Will they have them as fast as the Nexus 4? Nope.

            Also, I must have missed the announcement on Beats Audio in AOSP so my bad on that one.

          • PhoenixPath

            Stop.

            Try to see reason for one second…please…

            It is *ENTIRELY* possible that Google will work with their partners.

            Yep.

            In fact, it is *LIKELY*, even, that Google will *HELP* their partners so that they can release on time, on schedule, day-of.

            You *CANNOT* disprove this. By extension; You cannot claim to *KNOW* it will not happen.

            Sorry for the caps, but honestly…how many people need to tell you this? I understand your intentions; you want to help people by making them aware they *may* be waiting for updates That is commendable…that’s also a hell of a lot different than claiming you “know” they won’t get day-of updates. You can warn without trying to make it seem like you know things you couldn’t possibly know based on the available facts.

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            Dude, I”m going off past experience. Look at all the yakjuxx ROMs for the Galaxy Nexus. Those were all in the same boat as these. They had OEM kernels and had some Samsung stuff added to the ROMs (extra ringtones, etc). Those never got updates on anywhere close to the same schedule as the Google ROMs like yakju and takju. Even mysid (a Google ROM which had to be approved by Verizon) usually got updates faster than those yakjuxx Sammy ROMs. Now, I’ll grant you that some of those yakjuxx ROMs were probably subject to carrier approvals as well, but I’m not sure that all of them were.

            Why should anyone believe these GE phones will be any different? I grant you that you may be 100% right. These may get updates on the same schedule if they do indeed work with their partners behind the scenes, but until that happens, I’ll be remaining the skeptic. Time will tell. No bad blood here, dude. I know what you’re saying, believe me. I’m well versed on this stuff. :)

          • PhoenixPath

            “These may get updates on the same schedule if they do indeed work with their partners behind the scenes, but until that happens, I’ll be remaining the skeptic. Time will tell. ”

            There we go. That’s the stuff. Being a skeptic is a hell of a lot batter than claiming proof of something you have only conjecture (even informed conjecture).

            I usually play the role of the cynic, but I believe Google learned some valuable lessons with the Galaxy Nexus. I would not expect to see a repeat of mysid/yakju from them any time soon. (Speaking as one who knows firsthand the pain of mysid…)

            We’re good. :)

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            I suffered with mysid as well. trygon as well (VZW Xoom, Google-updated ROM). I know how it goes.

            And for what it’s worth right now, I have a WiFI N7 and N10, so I get the updates straight up now. But for a phone, I had an N4 until it met an untimely demise in the toilet thanks to a small child. ;) I now have an AT&T GS4 and I love it. I don’t care about the update delays because I don’t expect to have it beyond the fall. Once the new Nexus phone comes out in the fall, I’m all over it.

          • PhoenixPath

            Jumped from mysid to T-Mobile and the HTC One, myself. Haven’t looked back since. I love AOSP on my nX, but also love Sense on my One.

            (Running the 4.2.2 Sense leak on my One as of now)

            I’ll probably flash the HTC AOSP when it gets ported to T-mo, but not at all sure I’ll be able to stick with it…I do think HTC did a damn good job with this device.

          • Brandon Golway

            I don’t remember it being officially integrated but it’s easy as hell to put in an AOSP ROM. Almost all AOSP ROMs I ran on my Rezound had Beats added in and if it didn’t you could add it in via a zip file. I’m sure the sview cover is just a simple few lines of code that says “does the magnetic sensor have a charge? yes=screen off, no=screen on” Google could very easily add that in themselves.

        • john0214

          These devices are a alternative to N4 cuz some people want lte which N4 doesn’t have also the storage on the N4 isn’t I came from gnexus 32gb to a N4 16gb which honestly is big difference both these phones have more or can add more. Then there is the battery some want to carry a spare. The point is Google knows people want these with a stock phone so they gave us a choice

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            I agree with you. I just hope people aren’t buying these for Nexus-type update speed. :)

    • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

      I think your making a bigger deal of this than it deserves. The issue with slow updates comes from 2 sources.

      1) Carriers control when and how their updates go out…these phones are not linked to any carrier, and are sold directly from Google, and thus directly maintained and updated by Google.

      2) Things are slowed down when manufacturers have to tweak and customize their own skins to the new Google updates. There are no skins to customize with these phones…thus that whole process is eliminated.

      So these devices will get updates quickly. You don’t know that they won’t get updates on day one. Your assuming much. That being said, even if they don’t get updates on day one on par with Nexus devices, it looks like they will get updates very quickly afterward.

      That sure as hell is better than the status quo with phones today, where you have to wait a few weeks for a port by a dev, and then it’s buggy and has issues for months usually until they are worked out.

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        I absolutely agree with you, but considering that the S4 supports the S-View flip covers and the One supports Beats Audio, clearly there is some OEM code in the ROM as well. It’s not just the kernel.

        You have perfectly demonstrated why all Hugo Barra would say at I/O is that the devices will get “prompt system updates”. A few weeks to two months is still faster than any other non-Nexus phone on the market. You’re absolutely right.

        My thing is, you know that after the N4 gets Android 4.3 on release day, the Internet is going to blow up with ZOMG WHY HAS IT BEEN A WEEK AND I STILL DON’T HAVE IT ON MY SHINY NEW GES4 THAT I PAID TWICE THE PRICE FOR?!?!?!?! I FEEL RIPPED OFF!!!

        By buying one of these phones, you are paying for the Nexus user experience and nothing more. I’m just trying to help people set expectation before they shell out $600 for a device that won’t get updates as fast as they may have been led to believe it will.

    • techpro1993

      You have no idea T Mobile is re-farming their spectrum and it should be done by end of this year. All ATT phones works great on HSPA+ and LTE in all re-farm areas.

    • Brandon Golway

      Apparently you missed the last part of the article Shawn where it says that these WILL be updated by Google and they’ll only lag a few days or weeks behind the Nexus devices. Also they ARE Google ROMs, they just have OEM kernels.

      “The result is probably the best combination of OEM and Google software, since OEMs ostensibly know their hardware best and can bundle everything required to make the phone work, and Google knows its Android platform best. The result is that ultimately the OEMs are in fact responsible for updating these Google Play experience phones through successive Android releases, BUT THROUGH GOOGLE’S INFRASTRUCTURE.” (sorry for the caps, just wanted to make it stand out)

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        I did see that, but all that means is that the updates will live on Google’s Android update server. Lots of OEMs use that server for updates. Hell, Sprint’s GS4 gets updates off that server.

        I’m going off history. These combo OEM/Google ROMs are the same type of thing that we saw with the yakju(xx) ROMs for the Galaxy Nexus. Those were all updated by Samsung and took forever. These are the exact same thing. They’re stock Android ROMs but are paired with OEM kernels and have OEM build numbers on the ROM. In the case of the yakjuxx ROMs, those took months to get updates, though I grant you at least some of them were subject to carrier approval.

        We’ll see. In the end, these may get updates super quick. But until that’s proven, I’m going to side with history and assume that’s not the case. I’ll play the roll of skeptic until proven otherwise. These devices, for those who care about fast update, fall firmly in the category of “buyer beware”.

        • Brandon Golway

          That may have been the case in the past but I think Google is smart enough to learn from their past mistakes.

  • Finire

    Still waiting for the One on Verizon…

    • Hothfox

      I am SO READY for it. My plan is to get it off-contract to replace my Galaxy Nexus, and ride out the second year of my contract with the One, and then keep using it until there’s something great on AT&T, quit Verizon, and switch to AT&T’s prepaid plan.

      I think we’re all hoping it’s taking longer because it will have 4.2.2 on it.

      • Finire

        With Verizon’s History, it will be the older version of Android with a ton of there bloatware installed on it.

      • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

        If you happen to have unlimited data on Verizon, you could easily sell off your Verizon line on ebay.

        • Fozzybare

          id do that but i dont want them having a phone account in my name.

          • T4rd

            It wouldn’t be in your name anymore when you do a change of ownership on the account.

            The real downside to this is that you have to lose your phone number and I know a lot of people like to keep their numbers.

          • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

            No not true…you don’t loose your number…read the above reply

          • Fozzybare

            i asked them about that…previously…to change it over to my friend when he bought the s4… they said you couldnt do it and no one else could get my unlimited.

            do you have to be a single line on contract?

          • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

            Well…if you have unlimited data from Verizon…those lines are old and are not tied to the new family share plans. So you should be all set.

            If you don’t have unlimited data, then none of this really applies to you and your stuck. Why? Because no one wants to buy into a Verizon Line …unless it has Unlimited data! So sure you can try and sell your Verizon line with limited data, but who would want to buy it? They could just go to Verizon directly if they want in on the network. No need to take over your contract with no benefit to them.

            Now, if you sell your line on ebay, and also throw in a nice phone, you may be able to get someone to take your line off your hands. In essence you are paying them to take your contract, by giving them a phone. But good luck, your not likely to convince anyone even in such a case.

          • Fozzybare

            i do have unlimited, im the owner of the contract with 5 lines on it, 2 being dummy lines, 2 being unlimited(which one is mine) and one at 4gb of data for $30. my contract runs out here pretty quickly and was thinking about switching. would i have to be on my own contract for that to work or would i be able to do it from there?

          • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

            I was on a family plan (from before the new shared plans kicked in) with 4 lines in our family. I sold them all off one by one…with no problems at all.

            So I think you would have no problems doing it.

            I got between $125 – $169 per line on ebay. So it’s crazy cause not only do you get out of your contract, but someone is paying YOU to do so!

            Depending on how aggressively you price will determine how quickly you sell your lines. At $125 my lines sold quick, the one at $169 took a while. Some people are selling lines for $250 and upwards though on ebay.

          • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

            You can transfer your line to someone else, officially through Verizon, without retaining any responsibility on the line at all, and while keeping your phone number!

            How do you do this?

            You sell your phone on ebay, take a look at how others are doing it and you’ll be well on your way.

            Once sold, you contact Verizon and tell them that you would like to transfer your existing number to a dummy line (yes they can do that as they did it for me), and have them assign a new Verizon number to your line.

            Once that is completed, you then call verizon to perform a TOL (transfer of liability). They will prep your line for the TOL, and then all you do is give a passcode to the buyer of your line and they call Verizon and finish the deed.

            Once that person has completed the TOL, they now own your line and you are completely free of contract!

            Now you have that dummy line on Verizon that still has your phone number, and you can activate service on another carrier and transfer over your phone number.

            This is exactly what I did, and it worked great.

            You can also transfer your number to Google Voice if you wanted to, but why add another step in the process rather than going directly from Verizon to your new carrier of choice?

          • Fozzybare

            i am bookmarking this comment lol.

          • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

            And what I found with Verizon and T-Mobile, if one person doesn’t give you what you want, just hang up, and call again until you talk to someone who knows what their doing and actually will help you.

            Make suggestions to them as to what they can do, it may be that they are new employees and aren’t aware of the above trick.

            And by the way, the dummy line was a temporary no charge sort of thing. I did not incur any fees for having my phone transferred to a dummy line for a few days.

        • Hothfox

          I’m on my dad’s share everything plan with my sister and mom. It was cheaper for everyone to just do it this way. I pay my $40 line access plus my share of the shared data package. It winds up being about the same price for me to do that as the $60 AT&T prepaid plan, so it’s just not worth the hassle to me since both carriers have about the same coverage in my area. By the time I’m ready to get rid of the HTC One, my contract will be over, and I can wait for the next big deal device and make the switch.

          • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

            Fair enough. My suggestion would be to not get lured by the next round of hardware. Stick to your guns and make it a priority to get yourself off of a contract above getting the next round of hardware.

            You can get great deals on phones using Swappa.com. Just buy phones from people who have excellent ratings and have sold before.

            It seems like now more than ever, it is beneficial to cut the rope and free yourself from contracts. Even Verizon has stepped up their off contract plans to compete with T-Mobile. The problem is that they restrict their off contract to 3G only and aren’t allowing 4G phones onto the contract free plans.

          • Hothfox

            I’m giving Verizon another month to release their One. If they don’t, I’m going to drop my Verizon line down to a $10/month basic flip phone until the ETF makes more sense than waiting until the end of the contract, and then picking up an AT&T prepaid line.

    • John Landgrave

      So riddle me this. HTC One spec page shows 3G Spectra as 850, 1900, and 2100 and LTE Spectrum as 700MHz. According to the link below Verizon uses all of those frequencies as well. So….. potentially just a SIM Card issue? Or is there an issue?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellular_frequencies#Carrier_Frequency_Use

      • Finire

        Most likely the issue here is the LTE Band that is being used.

        AT&T and Verizon both use the 700 MHz, but Verizon uses the upper, while AT&T uses the lower. As of current technology the different bands, use different chips.

        • John Landgrave

          Is there any way to tell which chip it has apart from waiting on a teardown?

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Just let me flash this on my current Tmo S4 and ill be happy

    • PhoenixPath

      Same here on the T-Mo One.

    • Brandon Golway

      This. Hopefully the development will be in full swing now because I only see a few unofficial roms here and there. I’ve been running Carbon for the past week or two and switched back to TW because I was having call quality issues and wanted to see if it was the ROM or the network. Just for the hell of it I ran quadrant on a modified TW ROM and got 12,700! My best score on an AOSP was about 7,000. I know benchmarks don’t mean much but that’s a hell of a difference, especially when a bloated touchwiz ROM scores 5,500 points higher than a stripped down AOSP ROM.

  • LiterofCola

    Only in white?

    • Droidzilla

      Racist.

  • vwbeetlvr

    Now if only they would release the next version of android…

    • Kyle Cordiano

      Or the Next Nexus 7.

      • Bionic

        rumor was july for that, yanno why? its prolly ready but they are waiting for 4.3 to be ready end of June

        • http://filmitnow.moonfruit.com/ Brandon Wood

          The clock says 4:30…dammit Google! Stop teasing us and release Android 4.3!! :P

          • Brandon Golway

            I read about that “easter egg” a little while ago and never knew about it, then completely forgot about it until now lol

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          And for what it’s worth right now, I have a WiFI N7 and N10, so I get
          the updates straight up now. But for a phone, I had an N4 until it met
          an untimely demise in the toilet thanks to a small child. ;) I now have
          an AT&T GS4 and I love it. I don’t care about the update delays
          because I don’t expect to have it beyond the fall. Once the new Nexus
          phone comes out in the fall, I’m all over it.

    • PhoenixPath

      ‘d love to be wrong on this, but I am thinking we won’t see it until fall.