Pre-orders open for HTC One in UK, red version spotted
The <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/279761==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/02/19/unibody.design.468ppi.pixel.density.snapdragon.600 .processor/" rel='nofollow'>HTC One</a> has been made available to pre-order in the UK, ahead of an expected street date of March 15th. A number of carriers, including <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/279762==http://www.vodafone.co.uk/" rel='nofollow'>Vodafone</a> and <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/279763==http://www.three.co.uk" rel='nofollow'>Three UK</a>, have started to offer the flagship HTC device, with other retailers also offering an already-unlocked version for £510 ($780) including taxes. Another color of HTC One has also been revealed by the manufacturer. <br />
Carriers offering the HTC One as a Pay As You Go device are charging around £480 ($730) including taxes, locked to the network. Though the £30 discount compared to the unlocked version from retailers such as <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/279764==http://www.clove.co.uk/htc-one" rel='nofollow'>Clove</a> would be attractive to some users, it would usually be a requirement to pay towards an airtime credit at the time of purchase.
Customers buying the HTC One as part of a contract may end up getting a raw deal, depending on the contract's specifics. <em>BGR</em> <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/279765==http://bgr.com/2013/02/21/htc-one-price-analysis-339596/" rel='nofollow'>noted</a> that when compared to the 16GB iPhone 5 on an identical £33 ($50) per month contract for two years, the HTC One has a £100 ($150) upfront charge, whereas the iPhone 5 would not. Though not to the same levels, Three provide the iPhone 5 16GB on the One Plan for £36 ($55) per month with a £49 ($75) upfront cost, while the same plan for the HTC One pushes the initial charge up to £69 ($105).
A red version of the HTC One has also been spotted on the company's own <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/279766==http://www.htc.com/uk/smartphones/htc-one/" rel='nofollow'>website</a>. Though no further details aside from the image were made available, <em>Unwired View</em> <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/279767==http://www.unwiredview.com/2013/02/19/sim-free-htc-one-goes-up-for-pre-order-in-the-uk-for-510-out-on-march-15-red-version-coming-too/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">speculates</a> that it could be a "limited edition" device exclusive to certain retailers or carriers.
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