It’s been almost a month since the HTC One M9 was introduced to the world at MWC 2015 in Barcelona. So many things have happened in the mobile world since then that it feels like it was an ages ago. Thinking back to that day we can’t help but remember how anxiously we waited for the phone’s official release. It seemed that this day would never arrive and yet, here we are, just days from holding this premium device in our hands as US carriers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint are now accepting pre-orders on the HTC One M9. Wondering which one is going to be the cheapest? Here you can check all the details.
Pre-orders on the HTC One M9 went live earlier today at all US major carriers (except for Verizon Wireless) and HTC official online store. All networks will offer their customers several payment options making the flagship phone more budget friendly.
HTC One M9 at Verizon
The US largest carrier by subscriber count (as of Q4 2014), Verizon Wireless, will start selling the HTC One M9 later than the rest of the service providers. Big Red will make its customers wait for the phone until Wednesday, April 1st, which is kind of disappointment but there probably is a reasonable explanation for the delay only we haven’t heard it yet. Anyway, the carrier will offer the HTC One M9 for $199.99 with a two-year contract or $0 down and 24 payments of $24.99 per month with Verizon Edge which works out to full retail price of $599.
HTC One M9 at AT&T
Second in line, AT&T, as well as other carriers, started accepting pre-orders earlier today. Like Verizon, AT&T is offering the HTC One M9 for $199.99 if you sign a new two-year agreement; however, if you want the phone outright, you will have to shell out more – $708.99 to be more exact. Users who prefer monthly installments can choose AT&T Next 24, Next 18 or Next 12, in which case the handset will cost $23.64, 29.55 or $35.45 per month, respectively. It’s worth noting that any order placed before 2PM EST will ship the day they are ordered.
HTC One M9 at Sprint
Sprint’s on-contract price of the One M9 is identical to other carriers, that is $199.99 if you are willing to stick with the carrier for the next two years. However, this is not the only option. Sprint is also offering the phone with Easy Pay for $27 per month over 24 months. You can also opt for 24- or 12-month lease in which case the handset will set you back $20 or $30 per month. If you want to grab the device outright, prepare yourself to pay $648. Moreover, Sprint is offering a $50 savings on the Harman Kardon One wireless Bluetooth speaker when purchased with the HTC One M9.
HTC One M9 at T-Mobile
If you are not into contracts and prefer monthly payments, you will probably like T-Mobile’s offer. The UnCarrier is selling the One M9 for $0 down plus 24 monthly installments of $27.08 each which adds up to a full retail price of $649.92. Like other carriers, T-Mobile will be shipping orders as they are placed so you will probably get your handset before it’s available at stores.
Unlocked HTC One M9
If none of the above options sound good for you, you can always visit HTC website and order the sim-lock free unlocked phone for $649.00. It seems that HTC is the only place where you can get all three colors as the carriers are offering only Gunmetal Grey and Gold on Silver version.
Is your head spinning from all the numbers?
We certainly wouldn’t blame you if it was. To let your thoughts calm down a bit, let’s go over the phone’s specs one more time starting from the very first thing you notice when you look at any device, that is design. In the army of plastic phones, the HTC One M9 stands out with its dual-tone all-metal, precisely-shaped ergonomic body. To further emphasize the handset’s uniqueness, it’s available in a selection of colors rather unusual for a smartphone including Gunmetal Grey, Gold on Silver, and Gold/Rose.
Of course, there is much more to the HTC One M9 than just a beautiful body. The phone has a big 5-inch LCD3 display with a 1080 x 1920 resolution which works out to an impressive pixel density of 441 ppi. Powering the device is an octa-core Snapdragon 810 chip (with quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 and quad-core 2GHz Cortex-A57) and Adreno 430 taking care of graphics. There is 3GB of RAM to ensure seamless performance and spacious 32GB of built-in memory. Should that not be enough, you can add up to 128GB more thanks to a microSD slot.
The handset is equipped with a massive 20.7-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, dual-LED flash, 4K video capture, simultaneous video and image recording, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama and more. On the front, there is a 4-megapixel Ultra-Pixel camera for selfie purposes. The HTC One M9 also packs HTC signature BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers and HTC services including Blinkfeed, Zoe and more, all of which come as a part of Sense 7 UI. Last but not least, power is delivered by a 2,840 mAh battery which should be good for up to 21.7 hours of talk time or up to 16.7 days of standby time. Moreover, the cell features Quick Charge 2.0 which allows the battery to charge to 60% in about 30 minutes.
The HTC One M9 is not a cheap phone but it’s a great device and for this reason it will be desired by a substantial number of users and probably not all of them are sleeping on money. It’s good to know that the handset will be offered by so many carriers with a variety of payment methods so potential buyers can choose whatever feels best for them without ruining their budget. On-contract purchase, installment plan or buying the device at full retail price? Take your pick and let us know which option works best for you.