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Deal: HTC Drops Unlocked One to $499

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With the “All New HTC One” arriving March 25, HTC has dropped the price of the unlocked original One to $499 (full retail) for those interested. This is the phone I purchased to use as my every day phone back in April because it had a number of things going for it.

First, it came SIM unlocked, so it could be used on either T-Mobile or AT&T. Second, it had an unlockable bootloader, so it was certainly dev-friendly. And third, since HTC was in control of it, it was poised to receive updates in a timely manner. I wrote an entire post about it, which you can view here

It lived up to everything I needed it to, including the update situation. In case you weren’t keeping track, the unlocked and developer edition models of the HTC One both received Kit Kat back in November, a full two months before the carrier models got in on the fun.

Again, the new HTC One (2014) is coming in two weeks, but if you think the original still has all you need, maybe $499 is the right price.

Via:  HTC
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  • NorCalGuy

    Lol “bought this phone back in April” …a year ago, which for phones is like dog years :p

  • Cleevens Joseph

    Not after we’ve seen somebody buy the new one for the same price
    – No pun intended

  • gintoddic

    I can’t comprehend who would buy an almost year old phone when a brand new one is coming out soon, and paying almost the cost of a brand new!

  • BlackMaGiC1o0

    I dunno why anyone would buy this now. The phone is good but for that price definitely not worth it considering you have the Moto X & Nexus 5 off contract for WAY less then $499.

  • ddddddd

    Is this one new?

    • BlackMaGiC1o0

      It says the the original one. So no.

  • Chippah
  • Chippah

    LG G2.
    Snap 800
    No redic bezels.
    great screen and battery.
    Your choice of stock or LG skinned.

    Buying a N5 is dumb too as its a “neutered” G2.

    • jk, I know they aren’t coming

      How’s those updates coming?

      • Chippah

        2015! Verizon.

      • The Narrator

        You mean AT&T , T Mobile didnt get 4.4.2? Oh gee, they did.

    • truth_cutz

      I have the OG Pro…and I’m still waiting on my update..I hate the way that LG eats up all the notification space too!

      • Nexoduss

        I put the malladus rom on the g2 and its damn near perfect.

    • TylerChappell

      And horrible button placement on the back that makes the entire phone a pain to use. No thanks.

  • QPHALO

    I’m on my 3rd HTC one since December and I’m returning this one tomorrow. The front facing speakers are great but opening things by itself, not turning on, not charging, turning speaker phone on in the middle of a call( thought my face did it but no, the option wasn’t even on the screen) static during calls, dropping calls, that’s enough for me. Maybe the note 3?

    • frhow

      Wow, that sucks. my HTC One has been nothing but stellar. Great phone. And I cant wait until this one comes out.

    • Nexoduss

      Get a g2. Its a truly great phone.

      • QPHALO

        I wish I could. We might get that phone here in about 4 or 5 months, maybe never. Island life.

  • Severo Rivera

    No deal HTC.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    That’s not exactly a bargain to be honest. I’m guessing the New One will be 600$ and 650$. If you’re willing to drop $500 for a year old device a buck 50 more shouldn’t stop you from going new.

    • Grayson

      Yup, I bought this for $575 last April, and then a couple months later they raised the price to $600, so this is actually only $75 off the original price.

    • flosserelli

      This “deal” is for people that do not have the discipline to save a little more money, or don’t know the 2014 version is around the corner.

  • guest

    so many people will be selling these with the new one coming out. i can find one easily in the 300$ range

  • Milind Shah

    Anyone who buys this right now is a fool

    • Chris

      Not everyone ants the latest and greatest

      • Milind Shah

        Why not buy a nexus 5?

      • truth_cutz

        Its not about buying the latest and greatest. Its about paying almost full retail for a year old phone which is end of life. I’d buy one in a second if it was $299 – $349

        • athom07

          Well it’s not end of life, its just about to replaced as the “current model”. With HTC’s promise of 2 years of upgrades then they would still have another year before it was EOL. But I would certainly buy one second hand or something rather than paying 500 bucks

  • truth_cutz

    And the Nexus 5 is how much??? Yeah, I’ll pass… $299 and I might entertain the idea.

    • Chris

      the nexus sucks

      • StrictlyGeeky

        you suck

        • Chris

          if the nexus was sooooooooo great it would be a sales success and google wouldn’t be thinking of getting rid of the program…

          • The Narrator

            It’s meant for developers, people who enjoy minimal UI skin and enjoy Android the way It’s supposed to be. And for $350, you can’t go wrong.

          • T4rd

            I think it sells pretty damn good considering there’s virtually zero marketing for it.

          • michael arazan

            Never even had a TV ad, except the One time Verizon had a Galaxy Nexus TV spot, Once, and it was on a basic cable channel not even during prime time.

          • Chris

            for the nerds maybe

          • T4rd
          • Jarred Sutherland

            Chris, I don’t think you understand how this works. All the other phones have whats called a marketing budget, the Nexus 5 really doesn’t (unless you consider a couple youtube videos a marketing budget). Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Nokia, LG, etc all spend millions or hundreds of millions advertising their phones, Google does not do that with the Nexus. So logic here would dictate that if people don’t know a device exists, they won’t buy said device.

            Google NEVER intended the Nexus program to be a huge seller, that is obviously by the fact that it doesn’t get marketed to the general public. Also, there is a RUMOR that Google is ending the program. Until it comes from Google that the Nexus program is done, how about we treat it like it is, a rumor, not gospel.

          • TylerChappell

            Well that kinda changed with the Nexus 7…After that, Google began releasing Nexus 7 TV ads left and right, so you can no longer say that the Nexus program doesn’t get marketed to the general public. When it comes down to it, it’s not uncommon any more for people to know what an iPad, a Kindle, A Galaxy tab, and a Nexus are.

      • Intellectua1

        I agree I really don’t understand the hype about Nexus phones or the Moto X for that matter

        • truth_cutz

          The hype is because you are getting a top notch device for about half of what most of them cost. A lot of people want new phones, but don’t want to get in a contract or pay $600-$800 for the phone off contract. The Nexus line and Moto X has made that possible.

          • Chris

            most compnies are gonna get rid of contracts.

            the nexus line may be great but as I said, it suffers from poor specs and doesnt sell well with the average joe – androids main user base

        • The Narrator

          Enjoy your laggy Samsung products.

          • Intellectua1

            Yea right.. People here say that but I’ve owned several Samsung phones and I’ve never had that problem.. I think it’s just something Samsung haters try to hold on to.

      • truth_cutz

        Because????

        • Chris

          poor specs.
          if it was so great it would sell better.

    • Jarred Sutherland

      I’m personally glad I decided to buy the N5. I didn’t want to at first because I wasn’t a fan of holding it in the store, but I have to say it has been the best phone I have owned in a LONG time .. and I’ve owned a lot of phones.

  • Alec

    If you buy this for $500 you are stupid. Do I need to further explain?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I just bought it are you calling me stupid?!!…. Okay I didn’t… Maybe I should just go to bed.

    • Intellectua1

      My thoughts exactly.. This is not a deal..

  • Nexoduss

    Who rated it as “top rated”? Htc?

    • NickA

      For starters, it was voted Best Smartphone at MWC 2014…

    • Derp

      just because it didn’t move the most product, doesn’t make it terrible. smh

      • The Narrator

        Exactly. G2, Sony Z1, HTC One , all better than Samsung but people think sales = best ever

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Every tech blog on the Planet? And it got all the “Best Device” Awards last year.

    • Chris

      theres more to life then a silly nexus phone.

      no wodner why google is getting rid of it

      • The Narrator

        Google isn’t getting rid of it.

      • Nexoduss

        Im assuming you have motos 4.7 inch dick in your mouth.