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Best Buy Selling Verizon’s HTC One for $49, Including the New Exclusive Blue Version

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Best Buy is currently hosting a solid deal on the HTC One from Verizon, where you can land either the exclusive blue color or classic silver for just $49.99 on contract. The phone is still new enough that Verizon wants the full $199 for it – other online dealers are asking for as much as $149. The only other deal similar to Best Buy’s is through Amazon, where you can grab the One for $49.99, but the blue color is obviously not a choice. 

We have reviewed the HTC One on three separate occasions now in case you’d like to know all there is to know about variants from a variety of carriers. Even though the One is months old at this point, it’s still a solid competitor and choice in the smartphone market.

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  • justa

    I feel like a big dummy. I bought a Droid Maxx at the Verizon store, and now I see it at Best Buy for $100 less. I assumed that Verizon wouldn’t let other stores undersell them. Damn. Good to know in the future.

  • mad guy

    There is no way I am giving up unlimited data! I use 12 to 18 GB a month I just use data no one calls me but my wife and who needs that? The. high prices are what cause people to hack! There are ways to hide your data usage from them so if I was to upgrade that is what I would do pay for 2 and use what I want but that’s illegal and by charging high prices it forces people to do that! I would switch carriers but they have the best coverage for sure. I understand they want to recoup money they put into building the network but eventually it will be completed regardless.
    PENNY PINCHER

    • justa

      Seriously? So if your food store charged too much for steak, you would steal it and blame it on them for charging too much? Rationalize much?

  • DJ ILLusive

    Pulled the trigger and bought an HTC One today on Amazon. Crossing fingers that my unlimited data plan will still be intact once activated!

  • Etoile

    I just completed my order from Best Buy is said I am keeping my existing data plan (unlimited). We’ll see!

    • Chris McAnnally

      Did it let you keep the unlimited plan? I’m considering getting one also

  • Sb_81st

    I picked up one today at BestBuy…. I couldn’t pass this deal up. Vzw is giving me 6 gb for 30 bucks which isn’t bad considering it’s usually 2 GB for the same price. At the end of the day, after waiting and seeing each phone come out around the 199 price point I can say I’m comfortable with this purchase. I can finally let my Gnexus go and feel somewhat ok with the transition. It looks like Nexus is done with Vzw anyway. Now if I can only get adjusted to the difference in button placement between Samsung and HTC devices.

  • DJ ILLusive

    I have a grandfathered unlimited data plan and I just ordering on Amazon. To my surprise, its still letting me keep my unlimited data plan. Is this real or am I going to get a response from VZW that I have to choose for a Verizon Max plan? Seems too good to be true!

    • umbrellacorp

      I am Buzz Killington! From the same page where you add the phone to your cart:

      DO YOU HAVE AN EXISTING UNLIMITED DATA PLAN?

      Here’s what you need to know:

      With Verizon’s new Share Everything plan, unlimited data is no longer available. When you upgrade your device, you will not have unlimited data.

      If keeping unlimited data is important to you, you can choose “Replace my device” and pay full retail price for a new device.

      • Alix8821

        OR, use an upgrade from a different line, activate it, deactivate it, and switch it over to your line…

        I’m doing this. My mom has “dumb phone”. Using her upgrade for the Note 3. Then just switching it over to my line (GS3).

        Complicated, AND requires that other line to have an upgrade…. but also cheaper than paying full retail

      • MReprogle

        How long does this normally take to switch over? I missed the “DO YOU HAVE AN EXISTING UNLIMITED DATA PLAN?” and ordered one thinking that the site was somehow messed up. I got the phone yesterday and my account still shows unlimited data..

        • umbrellacorp

          I’m not sure. That’s awesome if you were able to get the phone and the contract renewal without losing unlimited!! GRATS!

        • DJ ILLusive

          Sweet, can you update when your next billing cycle ends to confirm that you still have unlimited data plan even after buying the phone at the promotional price? I think I’m gonna go ahead and buy that HTC One!

      • DJ ILLusive

        Hey “Buzz”! hehe I’m not on any shared plana nd I’m guessing MReprogle doesn’t either. I’m still baffled why one is able to retain their unlimited data plan ordering a discounted phone thru Amazon though. I still have yet to pull the trigger on buying until I get confirmation.

        • umbrellacorp

          That’s awesome if it works with the disclaimer I see when I try, I won’t risk it to get rid of my unlimited data. I burn through a lot.

  • Tim Buchanan

    Great, now I feel like an idiot for paying $299 for this thing less than a month ago. DL, in the future, keep this stuff to yourself.

  • rabidhunter

    That would have been a cool upgrade. I’m happy with my DROID Mini, but I seriously would have considered the HTC One at that price.

  • chris125

    Says the blue is running 4.3 on their site? Mistake?

    • aQuickBit

      Definitely a mistake. It’s running 4.2.2… unless my phone is lying to me.

    • aQuickBit

      Here’s a screenshot which didn’t attach on the last reply, sorry

      http://i.imgur.com/dG042aW.png

      • chris125

        I figured it was an error just figured I would ask since it said that on their site.

        • aQuickBit

          Yeah I was excited thinking it’d have it, but I’m not disappointed at all really. I have lived with a windows phone for about 7 months now and just being back with Google felt oh sooo right. No regrets whatsoever.

  • master94

    Blue for VZW, AT&T gets red, whats next? Magneta for Sprint?

    • aQuickBit

      Its blue for all carriers… Best Buy blue exclusive

  • aQuickBit

    I finally upgraded from my GNex! Also am ditching my Windows Phone 8X. Feels soooo good to be back with Android!

    It’s like having a fun college fling with Windows but during winter break, I get to come back home to the loving family that has always been there for me.

    • aQuickBit

      False alarm guys!

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        haha love it!

  • http://totallytwinning.com/ Candi A.

    anyone know the end date of this sale? i have to wait until pay day.

    • Dusty

      Bestbuy prices generally change every Sunday. Therefore, you have until end of business day Saturday 9/21 if you want to pick it up in-store.

  • Blue Sun

    I like that Verizon is trying to get people to renew for another 2 years just before the Nexus 5 gets announced. Shackle those customers down Verizon!

    • Adrynalyne

      As much as that seems to be:
      1. This is a Bet Buy special, not Verizon.
      2. I doubt the majority of Verizon’s customers know about the new Nexus about to be announced, nor care.
      Niche devices feel important, but they really aren’t whern looking at the bigger picture.

    • chris125

      Not like a nexus is going to come to verizon anyway

  • Feliz

    Would I lose my employee discount if I renew through an 3rd vendor and not directly through VZ?

    • yankeesusa

      Yes. you would. Only way around that is to renew another line on your account that is a regular phone then swap the phones. For now that will work. But by end of year I’m sure verizon will find a way to stop it.

    • Aaron

      It will not affect your employee discount status. I’ve upgraded through amazon and wirefly and my discount remains the same.

    • Dusty

      As Aaron stated upgrading via Bestbuy won’t affect your employee discount. You just go and upgrade there and you are good to go. It is the same as going to Verizon but getting the lower price. Same upgrade fee and agreements apply.

    • Feliz

      Thanks everyone for your input. I currently have the unlimited data plan. Is it worth trading it for this phone?

      • chris125

        NO!

      • Sb_81st

        depends how much data you use..

    • dql

      No you wont. I have a corporate discount and can upgrade anywhere and still keep the discount.

  • KevinG

    I bought a blue One in store Saturday for $199. Wonder what my odds of getting them to adjust the price of it for me, or if I’d have to return it…

    • Blue Sun

      I would get back to Best Buy before the 14 day period to attempt a store credit or refund for the difference. Returning it, I’m assuming, would require a restocking fee I’d imagine.

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      If you bought it from BB then they are generally good about matching the prices especially if you just bought it before the sale started, just bring in your receipt and the box just in case. Depending on what you paid with they will give you either cash or in-store credit for the difference.

      • yankeesusa

        Most best buys no longer price match phones unless its a local store. amazon is price matched for other items but not phones. but they do have the 30 day price guarantee. And if your a reward zone member you get 30, 45 or 60 day returns depending on your level

        • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

          Oh, I’ve never had an issue but then again I’m a Premium Silver (Elite Plus, whatever they changed the name to) member so its kinda hard for them to say no. But even then if you’re just a regular free member I believe there is a small window to catch a price match.

    • KevinG

      Just got back from my store and they refunded the $150 + tax no problem. Very happy!

  • Eric

    If I purchase this at Best Buy under a new plan and phone number, can I cancel the service, paying the ETF and then activate the phone on my existing plan? In other words, if I cancel and pay the ETF will they blacklist the ESN so that it won’t activate on Verizon again? I have unlimited data and will be paying full price for my next one. The $350 ETF + $50 is quite savings over the full price. (Though once you factor in the cost of first month of service, it might not make sense. I’m not sure whether they’ll prorate the service.)

    • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

      I think it would be more cost effective to add a line to your account (if you already have a family plan which shares minutes / texts THIS IS NOT SHARE EVERYTHING, then its only $10 more a month). Then just have them activate the new HTC One on the new line (they will add a 2gb data plan automatically) and then you just switch sim cards or call VZW’s customer support and have them switch MEID numbers on the lines and then have them remove the data plan form the new extra line. You will have to keep paying the extra $10 a month for the duration of the contract but that only adds up to about $240 or so depending on the plan but its still cheaper than a $600 phone.

      • Eric

        Hmmm… I do have 3 lines in total on my plan — a Droid X (2010) and two dumb-phones added in Dec 2010. I have the shared minutes plan with unlimited data on the Droid X. I’ve been waiting for the Moto X Developer edition to be available, but have wanted the One since it was released earlier this year. The G2 looks promising, too. I’m just looking for the best way to handle the upgrade (to whatever it may be), and there appears to be a lot of conflicting advice. I appreciate your comments.

        • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

          No problem and I completely understand (I’m in the same boat with unlimited data). Just be aware that with the workaround sometimes there is a 24-48 hour delay before you can switch the SIM cards or change the MEID numbers, its just VZW’s system catching up but just be aware because it might leave you with your old phone on the unlimited line and the new phone on the new line for a day or two.

  • Kevin

    g2 or htc one?

    • yankeesusa

      I would say g2 just because its newer. But in reality I think the htc one would sell for more if unlocked.

      • Kevin

        i’m leaning toward g2… a lot more screen real estate in about the same sized package. not necessarily fond of vzw’s changes, but it still seems to be a solid phone.

  • Gary

    This is Such a great deal for such a good phone. I want one so bad.. I don’t have a phone right now mostly because I can’t afford one, but if I had the money I would leave my House immediately and buy one

    • Andy

      no phone at all?

      • Gary

        no. I can afford the phone but not the bills

        • Andy

          I got ya. Yeah, I hate it too.

  • MichaelFranz

    im so tempted on this just because of the price point….but i really want a droid maxx, i love the software features of it

    • bboyairwreck

      Yeah! Droid Maxx ftw! =]

    • rabidhunter

      Plus the battery life, I’ve read good things about the battery life from real users. I got the DROID Mini, so I can’t speak to the battery life, but the software features are very nice and intuitive. It’s not 100% spot on, but the key software features are updated through Play Store, not fixed to a system update.

  • Ed Waters

    I ran over to Best Buy yesterday to pick a Best Buy Blue one up – was scared they would sell out of blue versions. What a great phone and the $50 price tag makes it that much better.

    • aQuickBit

      It’s a gorgeous phone. Sense 5 is also really nice. Not as bad as I thought.

      • Ed Waters

        I’ve always been a fan of Sense, and I like how they took it too the next level, but kept the features I liked. IMHO the Sense email and calendar apps are the best on Android.

  • Daistaar

    According to everyone’s favorite Droid-life personality, Tyler Durden, there are some Europeans who also really want the HTC One. Hilarious stuff!

    http://youtu.be/h4s0ACcsxkE

  • emoney

    if i bought this for $199 from VZ can i return and get from BB instead?

    • dan0matic

      Are you within your 30 days?

      • emoney

        I’m within 2 weeks

        • flosserelli

          Then you should be able to return it.

          • emoney

            Just read on the receipt that I would not get the upgrade fee back, and would have to pay a $35 restocking fee.

          • flosserelli

            Ah yes, I forgot about their BS fees. Verizon is determined to screw you one way or another.

          • Emilio Figueroa

            Complain over and over again with customer support and you may be able to get at least part of that fee credited back to you.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            That is $35*3 = $105 (surrendered activation fee, restock fee, second activation fee @ BB), which would make the total to switch $105+49 = $154, or a savings of ~$45. If you want the blue version, it is definitely financially worth the hassle.

          • emoney

            haha yeah I’m gonna save myself the hassle and just keep the one I have. Then I don’t need to be hassled by the VZ staff to buy a droid ultra or blackberry

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Wow, what terrible devices to pitch. At least go for iPhones and the Maxx, ya know something that might actually sell…

      • Gibbs

        Verizon no longer does 30 days. They only give you 14 days to return the device now

  • http://www.davesden.com Dave

    If I bought this from Best Buy, am I still eligible for my existing corporate discount? Presently, I’m getting 25% off hardware and 20% off the monthly plan through my work.

    • timrcm

      The plan discount will still apply, but the hardware discount won’t at Best Buy. You’re still coming out ahead, though.

    • Aaron

      Not all phones are even eligible for the 25% hardware discount whether you buy them directly from Verizon or not. If it’s a fairly new phone it usually isn’t.

      • pappy53

        Phones are not eligible for the 25% discount, only accessories.

  • Alix8821

    32GB??

    • Ian

      Well they don’t do a 16GB model if that has you concerned. AT&T has a 64GB One.

      • Alix8821

        Ooh Ook. I have no idea. I pre-ordered Note 3. Asking for a friend. Looking to make switch to Android. Know this is great phone even greater deal…. Thanks

  • Bill Smith

    I got my Blue HTC One for $119 as they matched what Amazon had at the time. I don’t feel as bad as I would if I would have paid the full $199.

    • gr227

      I wonder if they will price match on the retail price too? Verizon has the silver one for 100 less.

      • dan0matic

        Not normally, but well worth asking. And @bill, if you are within 30 days, they will probably match the price.

      • Daniel Richardson

        they always did when i was working there last year… but the price match policy in BB Mobile varies per manager discretion i believe..

  • William Ku

    no root on this is a big no no for me. but then again, never liked capacitive menu buttons neither. i wanna be able to disable on screen buttons and then use the pie. OT but honestly, not sure why more people aren’t using pie menus. its much easier to reach the menu buttons from the side of the screen than stretching your thumb all the way down there. especially with the size of these phones nowadays. it really should just be built in as an option.

  • AndrewScottRox

    Ok so I have a question. As a guy with an unlimited plan, would I be able to add a line or would that force me into a shared plan? I remember that you used to be able to add a line for $10 but I have a feeling that’s probably long gone by now.

    • dan0matic

      You would loose your unlimited data.

      • AndrewScottRox

        I figured as much. Verizon is a sob story these days.

        • dan0matic

          I keep looking at options like Republic wireless and Freedompop for phones for my kids and my retired parents (I pay for their phones). Anyway to cut my $200+ a month phone bill would be nice.

          • EdubE24

            You do not lose your unlimited data. I have a feature phone that we transfer our upgrades to keep our unlimited data!

          • dan0matic

            Are you on a family share plan? Explain a bit more how you are able to make this happen.

          • EdubE24

            We are on our old family plan. Each line (3 lines) has unlimited data at 10 dollars a month. When they stopped the unlimited data plans I put a feature phone on our plan and use it as our home phone. When we have an upgrade I transfer it to the feature phone, upgrade, and have the Verizon rep put it back on the correct line. I do it all in store. It’s very simple!!

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            People have been doing it for a while now, theres an entire thread on Android Central about doing it.

            http://forums.androidcentral.com/verizon/227608-instruction-how-keep-unlimited-data-verizon.html

            Basically what you do is add an extra line for $10 a month (if you are already on a family plan, NOT SHARE EVERYTHING, then it is only $10 a month, not sure about if you are on an individual plan). You then go in and buy whatever phone you want at subsidized price and have them activate it on the extra line (they will automatically add a 2GB individual data bucket), you can then either switch SIM cards or call VZWs customer care and have them switch the MEID numbers for the devices so that your unlimited line now has the new phone (sometimes there is a delay and you have to wait 24 hours before you can do this step). Then just have them drop the data bucket on the extra line and you just pay the $10 per month for that line until the contract ends (should add up to about $240 which is still cheaper than a new retail phone).

      • Mr E

        that sucks. i wasn’t sure if that was still possible to do, but i was looking to add a couple legitimate lines to my vzw account for “feature” phones (and nabbing a free upgrade from them)

    • reuben safarian

      I work at Verizon if your on a nationwide plan you can add a line for ten bucks get a new number then wait 24 hours then just switch phones and your old phone will be on the new number

      • AndrewScottRox

        Very good to know! So just to be clear, I can get a new device on the new, $10 line for the reduced price then swap phones/numbers after 24 hours? Is there a contractual agreement with the new line?

        • reuben safarian

          That’s the thing it’s another two year contract so add 240$ before taxes in to your total bill for the phone it’s kinda like the new edge program we have just a different way to do it

          • AndrewScottRox

            Ahhh I see now. I’m not really sure it’s worth it in the long run. I’m not sure I even want to stay with Verizon let alone be locked into another two years. Thanks for the great info!

      • nina

        you don’t have to wait 24 hours. you just swap sims after activation (i performed this myself)

  • cocaomxb

    My only concern is the “what’s next” eternal question. The likelihood that HTC will come out with something special in the next 6-months and leave this abandoned is pretty likely. Then again, I’ve always preferred HTC over other manufacturers. The only thing holding me back is Blinkfeed.

    The blue looks nice though….

    • Techneval

      Blinkfeed is the only thing holding you back? All the reviews on it say it is a pretty solid feature that gets more use than they expected. That and the fact that it isn’t set as your homescreen means you never have to look at it if you don’t want to. If that’s the only thing holding you back then I’d say go for it.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      HTC will likely launch a new flagship next February. However, that will not make the One any less amazing than it already is. You just have to weigh the cost against the performance and features, and if it matches, get it and be happy. If you are willing to wait another 6 months, then do that. If you want a new phone now, the One will not disappoint.

      Blinkfeed is actually not too bad once you change your main screen to something else. Getting it dialed in to just what you want to see takes a bit of time, but once that is set you can get a very large amount of information very quickly.

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        Also think about the fact that HTC is promising Sense 5 for the Droid DNA which was an extremely niche device, this should hopefully set the stage for more timely updates by HTC on their Verizon devices. So even if a new flagship comes out in February or whenever, a lot of the features in Sense 6 or whatever they launch will soon hopefully carry over to the HTC One.

    • emoney

      use a launcher, goodbye blinkfeed

  • dan0matic

    I’m thinking of just giving up and upgrading. I’m starting to feel like keeping my unlimited data is a lost cause. Might me worth jumping on a deal like this and just giving in. I’m 100% sure I’ll be loosing it at some point anyway.

    • pubasnacks77

      I feel the same way sometimes but I’m going to try and hold out and keep unlimited. I’m thinking of getting the G2 and using Verizon’s payment plan. I know its a rip off but I have to try and keep unlimited data

      • WAldenIV

        If you use wi-fi most of the time, which is very possible, the unlimited data plan is meaningless.

        • EdubE24

          To me it’s the principle of not paying the same to receive less!

        • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

          But if you have unlimited data why even use Wi-Fi? Generally WiFi is less secure, depending on your provider it can be slower and the hassle of having to remember to turn it on / off can be really annoying. Oh and like the other person below me, the principal of paying the same for less irks me!

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        If you are paying full price anyway, there’s no reason not to use the payment plan. It isn’t a ripoff since you end up paying only slightly more ($24) than the device cost for the ability to spread out the cost, and you can pay it off at anytime.

      • Futbolrunner

        Good idea, but Verizon won’t let you sign up for their payment plan if you wish to keep unlimited data.

      • btod

        Can’t keep unlimited with Verizon’s payment plan. They force you onto Verizon Max if you want to take advantage of the payments. I use more than 6gb some months so I’m not willing to go that route. Plus Verizon’s payment plan is a double-dipping, price-gouging rip off. I’d buy the phone outright on a credit card since the interest would be cheaper.

        • pubasnacks77

          There are two payment plans set up by Verizon: 1) is the Edge plan where if you’re an unlimited customer you can use by taking advantage of Max like you said. 2) There is an option to pay month to month for 12 months with amount you pay depending on how much you put down, doing this option lets you keep unlimited data.

          • btod

            Ah, I see. Thanks for clarifying.

    • Buur

      You can’t give in!!!!

      I’ve had the same thought but gonna hold tight until they do force me off. Hopefully the Moto X dev edition gets released soon.

    • flosserelli

      If you never use more than 6 GB/month, then you might consider the Verizon “Max” plan for $30/mo. Otherwise you are probably better off waiting until VZW forces you onto a tiered plan.

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        The Max plan is only for people who decide to opt for the Edge Plan they have (which is a COMPLETE ripoff). I tried getting it on my mother’s line when she ditched Unlimited but the reps refused saying it was only there as an incentive to get customers on Edge.

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  • pubasnacks77

    Damn good price for a beastly phone.

    • hawks1919

      I picked up the blue model yesterday, I had been waiting for Verizon to offer the black but really had zero information that would ever happen. The blue is still really nice, so once I saw it in person and for $49 I jumped on it. I did lose my unlimited data and got dropped down to 2GB for the same price. I think it’ll be ok for me at least. So far I really like the One!