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I've noticed something different with the HTC One: people are actually excited about it. I can't say that I've ever seen such a response to an HTC phone in recent years, so that's a good thing. This phone is hitting the scene at a crucial time for HTC, and with people calling it "the best Android phone" in existence right now (or even this year), it could be the saving grace needed to pull the company from its recent slump. It's going to have some stiff competition from Samsung's Galaxy S 4, but considering 61 percent of our readers said they'd take the One over the S4, things are definitely looking up for HTC.

And today, you can make good on the "I'd rather have a One than an S4" promise – the device is available nationally on both Sprint and AT&T starting now.

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It'll set you back $200 on The Now Network for the 32GB version (which appears to be the only one available), but if you're making the jump from another carrier and port your number over, they'll knock another $100 off instantly. Not a bad deal for one of the top phones in the scene, eh? On the AT&T side of things, the 32GB will cost you $200, while the 64GB variant is going for $300. All of those prices are, of course, with a two-year agreement.

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If you've vowed your loyalty to HTC and the One is the one for you, pick your poison below.

Update: Well, what do you know – T-Mobile just confirmed that what we spotted earlier today was not a pre-order, and the One with a free car dock is indeed available online beginning today and will be in stores on April 24th. You'll have to throw $100 down, and the remaining balance will be spread across the following 24 months at $20/month. Of course, you can always pay it off sooner if you like!

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AT&T: 32GB, 64GB

T-Mobile

Note: The device is also available at Best Buy, RadioShack, Walmart, Target, Amazon, Costco, Car Toys, Sam's CLub, HSN.com, and directly from HTC.com

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Stephen

    Yawn. Waiting for S4. After experiencing how horrible the reliability of HTC devices is, I'll pass

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=708741524 Robb Nunya

      Strange, my HTC EVO 4G LTE has been rock solid, as have the 4 EVO's owned within my family.

      • brandonc1979

        I have had battery issues with both the EVO 4G and EVO 3D, plus touch screen issues on the 3D. After those two phones, I am switching to the S4 when it is released. I am a long time HTC fan (have had the AudioVox 5600, Tilt, Hero, EVO 4G, & EVO 3D), but I can't trust the battery from HTC, especially since I can't replace it myself.

      • Billy Kent

        Ditto that, 5 phones on my plan, were all EVO's, now all EVO 4G LTE's, no issues. Well, Sprint signal issues, but no phone issues at all. Did try the S2 when i replaced my EVO, was a POS, so I ended up with what we have now.

      • Anonymous

        Not so strange after hearing stories of Samsung paying people to post bad things about HTC and Sony.

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

      Waiting for Galaxy Note II to drop in price on Verizon or the Note III to be announced or MAYBE see what the hell the Google-Moto X is, I wish Google would hurry up and reveal it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/andddlay Andrew Black

      I played with the s4 for like an hour a week ago. It's nice and all (including the screen), but I was looking for a design change and a manufacturer looking forward with innovation. The s4 was just like my past s3, only a bit faster. I did like the feel of it in the hand, but all this won't be enough for me to take the plunge next week. As far as the camera goes, I'm usually always taking my shots at night anyways, so I truly think the one is for me :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/EricAnderson89 Eric Anderson

    Does this mean we can go into any of those stores and try it out today? Or its available to be shipped?

    • JLM

      At&T stores have it in NYC. My co-worker just went to pick his up.

  • Bryce Mrozinski

    Ill be picking mine up at 10 A.M. (Arizona) from Best Buy. Good Bye plastic S3, Hello super sexy Aluminum!

    • Bryce Mrozinski

      Update: Phone is sexier in person.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1521842215 RockinRose Wolf

        I got mine yestersay I love it so far

    • Stephen

      Good bye micro sd, removable battery and low failure rate!

      • invinciblegod

        Hey be fair! You don't know about the failure rate yet!

        • Stephen

          I've owned three HTC devices and known plenty of people with them... and I've sold many phones for a Canadian national retailer for 5 years. I know which companies to sell and which to avoid unless I really wanna deal with returns. I hate iPhones but they almost never get returned because a 90 year old granny could use them. HTC/Nokia failure rate is ridiculous, can't even count how many One V and One S have come back with reception issues.

  • http://trapchan.blogspot.com trapchan

    I honestly want HTC One to success, so that Samsung doesn't get all cocky with all their plastics and slab some metal on their next flagship ...

    • tjennhw

      If it's not lighter and more durable and thinner, plastic is still better.

    • Stephen

      HTC put themselves in the underdog position by making lackluster devices. They're not a true underdog.

      • invinciblegod

        Sorry, but nowhere in the definition of underdog does it say that the underdog has to be better than the top dog. They just have to be expected to lose.

        "An underdog is a person or group in a competition, frequently in electoral politics, sports and creative works, who is popularly expected to lose."

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=535068153 Thomas Decker

    Would that aluminum body be pretty cold to the ear in the northern states, there hey?

  • aceofhearts24

    Just picked mine up and this is a beautiful device. Definitely better than Samsungand their bs design and materials that they use. I had an S3 and when I saw the s4 I was let down. So glad I picked this up

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1521842215 RockinRose Wolf

      I have friends and coworkers with S3's and I always said it was one of the top Android phones and a good one to get I don't like iphones. But I also had every EVO last being the 4G LTE and I just got the One and thought about the 4 but I am so glad I got the HTC. I really like it but have only had it a day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rob.watkins.7 Rob Watkins

    I got my One already. Running unlocked bootloader, and rooted stock for now. I'll be making the jump to custom ROMs soon (only one out right now, so I'll wait).
    I'll be putting a case and screen protector on it as soon as they get here, but for now the phone will be naked, which I'm not a fan of. The quality of the phone is simply amazing though. I would keep it naked, but I worry too much about damaging my phones.

  • Jobeth Palacio

    As much as I hope HTC does well, I'm really not a fan of non-removable battery / microSD. If that means plastic, then I'll take plastic.

    • Superguy

      I agree, but I'll take it a step further and go with the locked bootloader too.

      It may be less of an issue with T-Mo and Verizon where you can buy the phone outright anyway, so there'd be no reason not to buy the developer edition in that case. Still screws people with contract pricing though.

      • Kiamat

        I bought mine outright from Sprint. I don't think that stops the bootloader from being locked, though. I wonder if it's unlockable from the HTC Dev site. I know the AT&T version is, or at least it was last week.

      • Anonymous

        TMOUS and Sprint allow bootloader unlocks, this is not a problem. The only carriers that force HTC to prevent bootloader unlocks are AT&T and Verizon.

  • NemaCystX

    I noticed Sprint says "The Black HTC One is coming soon" Does that mean the black has been delayed on other carriers as well? AT&T doesn't have it yet either... :(

    I'm not buying until I can get black :(

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yup, delayed across the board.

      • NemaCystX

        Thanks for the info Artem, do we know when it might be available?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Last I heard was several weeks.

          • NemaCystX

            I guess that gives me some time to save up for it. Hopefully will get to see it in person tomorrow. From what I've been reading the device is even nicer in person than it is in the press photos.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scoobeepsk Scott Bailey

    I preordered mine and got it on Wednesday. Coming from the nexus 4 and the Note 2, 2 phones I have been switching between as my daily device, I was very surprised on how elegant and finished sense 5 was on this device. Normally, I am loading Nova launcher or Smart Launcher pro along with the various other 3rd party replacements for sms and email, but I was so impressed by the look and feel of the stock, I was willing to overlook certain limitations to remain with the stock feel of this phone. As I told others, who have noticed me carrying this device, it has the finished feel of an iphone, but the advantage of being a android (all be it 4.1.2 version, Really HTC?)

  • Dylan

    I want this on Verizon so I dont have to be stuck on this stupid HTC Incredible 1

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

      You still have the FIRST Incredible or is that the Incredible S? The first Incredible was amazing... at the time, but it is old and greatly overshadowed now, but how do you still have that after all this time?

  • Bekkyk

    I got my HTC One in the mail from AT&T yesterday, after using it last night and today I can honestly say i'm not regretting the switch from my GS3. The metal casing feels a lot more solid and I dont miss the terrible reception issues i was having with the GS3.

  • Andrew

    I've come to the conclusion that it may well be the best Android phone ever made, let alone just the best this year. Had mine for 2 weeks now, and I adore it. Everyone I've shown it to has been very impressed.

  • thejoeyh

    Playing with mine now.... Boomsound (terrible name) is almost reason alone to get it. Crystal clear.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1521842215 RockinRose Wolf

      It is I love it!

  • Kiamat

    Grabbed mine today from Sprint. I live in one of Sprint's LTE cities so it's especially nice. And, unlike my wife's GS3, there's no pause when it switches from 3G to LTE--it's seamless.

  • gacl

    I was at least as excited about the Evo 4G, Evo 3D, and Evo 4G LTE. I am still super excited about this one. However, I hope it doesn't have the random crashes that my Evo 4G LTE has.

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