Do you have an extra $649 burning a hole in your pocket? Do you have a hankering for a carrier and bootloader-unlocked HTC One? If so, we've got some news for you. HTC just opened up pre-sales for the HTC One Developer Edition to US customers.



  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 64 GB of storage
  • Front-facing stereo speakers
  • Two dual-membrane microphones for recording
  • Multiple frequency compatibility:
    • HSPA/WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz
    • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    • LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz (US)

Back in March, HTC announced plans to sell a limited quantity of the unlocked HTC One. While this isn't the cheapest way to get the flagship device, Developer Editions are completely contract free and won't bother you with those pesky carrier-imposed lockdowns. We don't yet have a regular unsubsidized price for standard models, but they are likely to run about $549 and $599 (32/64gb respectively). A reminder to T-Mobile customers: this model will not support HSPA+ in most markets, but should work on its growing LTE network where offered.

The order page says the phone should ship on April 18th, so if you're ready to spend some of your hard earned money, hit the link.


[HTCdev, HTC Blog]

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

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  • Nathan Stoltenberg

    Any way to find out if this model will work on Verizon's CDMA/LTE network?

    • Sqube

      I think it's yes to CDMA, no to LTE.

      • Ashish Raj

        It's a GSM phone.. so no to CDMA.

        • Scooteg

          Correct. Don't buy this for Sprint/Verizon and be cautious if buying for T-Mobile.

        • Sqube

          TMYK. Disappointing. Nothing good like this ever happens for VZW customers.

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

            Keep in mind, it will also be late to Verizon. It's possible that HTC will announce a CDMA Developer Edition later. Honestly, I doubt it, but don't rule it out.

    • http://androidandme.com/ Taylor Wimberly

      No, it will not work on Sprint or Verizon's networks.

      • irishrally

        Or on tmobile for the majority of users. Update your article on Android,Solavei,&Me.

  • Kcls

    I just don't see why someone would pay $700 for a "Developer" phone, when THE Android developer phone is out there for $299. Points to HTC for at least offering it though, I guess.

    • HellG

      299$ up front then you sign a 2 year contract, "Developer phone" as you call it is a fancy name for phones with unlockable bootloaders and are contract free, I hope you get the deference now...

      • Sqube

        @HellG:disqus No, I'm pretty sure @Kcls:disqus is talking about the Nexus 4. You can get the 8GB version for $299.

        That said, Google did something completely different with the pricing of the N4. Damn near every other phone off-contract costs in the $600-$700 range. Americans just don't generally know it because our telcos are massively more powerful, so they shield real prices from us and lock us up in long-term contracts instead.

        • ssj4Gogeta

          Where they suck that money back from them anyway, and impose arbitrary restrictions as well.

      • ssj4Gogeta

        He was talking about the Nexus, I believe.

        • Kcls

          Yes, sorry, to clarify I was talking about the Nexus 4.

          • HellG

            Ops, my bad then sorry :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/danno.blammo Danno Blammo

      Are you not aware that a phone people think is $299 ends up costing them a hell of a lot more than $700 indirectly? And on top of that, they're locked into a contract with a phone that's crappy in two years.

      Anyone who can pay the $700 outright initially and avoid high priced contracts would be crazy not to, unless they have a pretty exceptional contract plan.

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

        He's talking about the Nexus 4.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1117076162 Solomon Oh

    Aaaaand it doesn't work with T-Mobile's HSPA+. Just fuckin' great.

    • josh

      yea it does....if you live in an area that has been refarmed to 1900mhz

  • TBolt

    THIS is how phones should be sold in the U.S.! HTC should be offering A LOT more of these phones, not just a limited quantity.

    (EDIT: not as thrilled now that I see the phone can't use all of Verizon's/Sprint's services out of the box. Oh well ... I guess manufacturers will never offer a phone with guaranteed customer freedom.) Unlocked bootloader. No wireless carrier interference. It'd be perfect if it was guaranteed all updates from Google (or is it? by flashing new ROMs?).

  • Jamie Dalgetty

    Any way to get this to Canada?

    • Dave Grant

      I've been trying to do this. Having a US forwarding address isn't enough. You need a US-bank-issued credit card. I'm resorting to convincing family who lives in the US to help me out.

      • Joey G

        Yeah I tried to order it too even switching my visa to a us address"the forwarding company as they suggested" it went through but then they canceled it right away saying I need a us account fucking sucks.

  • RaviShah

    I wonder if it will be s-off.

  • Guest

    So, this is basically a developer phone for AT&T.