The day you've been waiting for is here, "phablet" fans... assuming you're a prospective or current Sprint customer and you haven't already bought a Galaxy Note 3. The Now Network has launched its carrier-branded version of the HTC One Max (or "One max" if you're a brand manager) and it's currently available on the official online store for $149.99.
That's $149.99, if and only if you meet a few qualifications. As Sprint announced earlier this week, the retail, on-contract price for the One Max is $249.99, and you can take an extra $100 off if you switch from another carrier and port in your phone number. If you don't want any kind of contract, the phone will run you $599.99 - not great, but pretty typical for a flagship device. That $100 off deal is valid for all of Sprint's phones, but the One Max doesn't require any additional mail-in rebates.
The One Max is very similar to the HTC One, once you get past that 5.9-inch 1080p screen. The only other significant hardware changes are a fingerprint sensor on the back just beneath the camera and a MicroSD card slot hiding underneath a removable back panel - HTC has apparently been listening to detractors who were unsatisfied with the One's non-expandable memory. The impressive 3300mAh battery is, alas, fixed in place. The One Max comes with Android 4.3 and HTC's Sense 5.5, and you can expect it to get a KitKat update... sometime.
Source: Sprint Web Store