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HTC may not be too terribly specific about when it intends to release its newest flagship, aside from a vague March-ish timeline, but Vodafone and Clove are more than happy to fill in the blank space: March 15th is the date. At least if you're in the UK, looking to get this piece of hardware on Vodafone, or order from Clove.

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Not only does Clove's ordering site indicate this as the date the first shipments should come in, but Vodafone confirmed the date in a statement to AP. Pre-orders for the carrier's version will begin two weeks prior to release. To wit:

Just a quick note to confirm that Vodafone will be offering the HTC One for sale from 15th March 2013, with pre-order opening two weeks before.

Does this mean that March 15th is the day of the full global launch? Possibly! That HTC was able to name "the last half of March" at all (instead of, say, "Q2 2013" or some malarkey) makes it seem like the company has most distribution deals in place already just awaiting execution. However, even Samsung wasn't able to launch the Galaxy S III on every single carrier worldwide on the same day. Close, but not quite. We'll keep an eye out for official release dates, but chances are we won't be waiting too long for the One to arrive.

In the meantime, UK customers can go hit up Clove to get their pre-orders in.

Source: Clove

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Matchstick

    That's £425 before VAT so almost everyone in the UK will actually be paying £510

  • Mapplegate

    Anyone else notice that this launches the day of Samsung's big announcement event? Not a coincidence I dare say.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      HTC is expecting people to watch Samsung's announcement and hoping it fails to impress. If people aren't caught up by the S4, they will go straight to their carrier for the One.

      Hardware specs aren't going to be what shapes people's purchasing this year, it's going to have more to do with good software, good branding, and good reputation. Reputation is a mixed bag for both Samsung and HTC (who is doing a bit worse). Branding is definitely in Samsung's favor right now. The software is questionable, but HTC seems more focussed with their software offering than Samsung, who was borderline schizophrenic with the S3.

      Hmm, 80% of what I said is polarizing and will piss off fanboys on either side...Go ahead and down-vote at will...

      • taz89

        I would say HTC is doing a lot worse of than Samsung and not just a bit lol that's being too kind.as for software IMO I think Samsung is way ahead of HTC,sure sense looks better but tw runs better and has better software features that make it stand out like direct call,smart stay,pop up play,multi view etc etc sure some are gimmicks but some like multi view and direct call and few others are just awesome...

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          HTC hasn't been that far behind Samsung in terms of updates to their flagships (lately). Obviously, HTC hasn't got a good reputation for updates with many older devices that deserved updates, but that probably had a lot more to do with the obscene number of variants, which they are clearly steering away from now.

          No offense, but that list, at least to me, is mostly gimmicks. I've talked to a lot of SGS3 owners and most of them don't use or don't like that stuff... Obviously, everybody's mileage may vary. To be equally fair, most of the stuff HTC showed off is gimmicky, too. The difference could be that HTC made their gimmicks way more demo-friendly, they will be extremely easy to show off in real stores. Again, being fair here, some of Samsung's stuff (like the popup player) are awesome demos, too. My point was, and still is, that much of Samsung's presentation of the S3 and Note 2 read more like the worlds longest list of made up names :) HTC has boiled their new stuff down to a handful of things for software and a handful of things for hardware, all of which are pretty easy to present and explain with all of them are very memorable for regular customers. Frankly, that's another thing inspired by Apple, the short list of easily explained features.

          I'm not shilling for HTC here, they've definitely got a lot of stuff to catch up on (make up for), but this whole product seems to be headed in a better direction compared to what we've seen in the past.

    • taz89

      Most likely not a coincedence but this could very much back fire on them..

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShinobiPhoenix Cody Shiranai

    So, the HTC One works on Vodafone (which IS Verizon, they co-own and control the company together) because it's GSM, but yet isn't CDMA capable? So you can use it on "Euro" Verizon if you travel, but not American Verizon while at home?

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Just because Viacom owns Comedy Central, it doesn't mean that Neopets (also owned by Viacom) can make Jon Stewart do voices.

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