HTC One Developer Edition available for pre-order for just $649.99

HTC is making a fully SIM unlocked high-end HTC One available for developers and smartphone enthusiasts like me, and it's priced less than many other high-end smartphones, without contract.

Readers know I am a huge fan of the HTC One , and rather than go with a carrier version, I decided to pre-order the Developer Edition that is fully unlocked and comes with 64GB of integrated storage. At $649.99, it is also priced lower than most carriers, when you buy without a contract.

HTC One Developer Edition available for pre-order for just $649.99
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For example, the iPhone 5 in an unlocked, non-contract configuration is priced at $649, $749, and $849 for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models, respectively. Thus, comparing 64GB to 64GB, you see the HTC One is priced $200 less than the iPhone 5 and offers much more in terms of high-end specs and features.

You can also now visit the HTC website or your carrier website and pre-order the HTC One on Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile. They should start shipping on April 18.

In addition to the 64GB of storage, available exclusively on the AT&T version, and SIM unlocked status, you get a device with an unlocked bootloader. This device will work on AT&T and T-Mobile in the US, with the only restriction being T-Mobile's HSPA+ on the 1700MHz frequency. It will work with T-Mobile's upcoming LTE and HSPA+ on the re-farmed AT&T 1900MHz network.

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