HTC’s One smartphone is coming to the Google Play store free of bloatware. However, it will set you back a cool $599, off contract of course. It’s a hefty premium to pay, especially since you can get the handset from every carrier for $200. Sure, you’ll have to sign a 2-year agreement to get the discounted (or subsidized) price, but that goes without saying.
And while HTC’s One appears to be worth the money, spending $200 is perhaps not a palatable, or wallatable situation for everyone. Well, good news. Amazon is selling the HTC One for a mere $80 on contract! You’ll need to sign a NEW 2-year agreement, and if you’re up for a renewal you’ll need to fork over an additional $20, making the total checkout price, pending any taxes, $99.99. It’s a phenomenal deal, especially for a flagship phone.
But this begs the question: is the HTC One selling that poorly (on Sprint) that they need to drop the upfront price by more than 50%? Or is it merely a loss leader? My other question: is HTC part of this deal or Sprint tossing a significant kickback to Amazon to push the phone at this price?
At the end of the day the aforementioned questions/concerns really won’t have any impact on the end consumer. So hey, if you’re looking to get an HTC One and you’re cool with Sprint, here is the best deal on the phone, at least for the foreseeable future.