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HTC One M9 to go on sale for $649 unlocked tonight

HTC One M9 to go on sale for $649 unlocked tonight
Richard Lai
Richard Lai|@richardlai|March 26, 2015 8:00 AM

Never mind that M9+ thing in China. Back in the US, it's all about the M9 for local HTC fans, as the device is about to hit the official online store at midnight ET for $649 unlocked (it'll have the same bands as the AT&T model). This may not mean much for folks who are used to subsidized phones, but if you compare this contract-free price with those from other regions, it's actually rather attractive -- even when you include tax. In Hong Kong, you're looking at around $770. Not to mention that US buyers also get to enjoy HTC's "Uh Oh Protection" program, which replaces your device -- be it faulty or simply because you want to change networks -- one time for free within a year, and you get $100 credit towards your next HTC phone if you end up not requiring this service.

A spokesperson added that if you order soon, you'll receive your M9 before it hits major retailers and carriers on April 10th. But of course, you can also wait for the carriers to share their own price plans later today.

Update: You'll be able to order your M9 from the some of the US' wireless carriers too! AT&T will be selling the device for the usual $199 with a 2 year contract on the 27th for $0 down with $23.64 for 24 months, $29.55 a month for 18 months, or $35.45 for 12 months. Sprint's selling tomorrow as well on its lease program, so you'll pay nothing up front and $20 or for 24 months. for Meanwhile, Verizon will officially start accepting orders on April 1 for the same $199 on contract as AT&T, or $25 a month for two years.

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HTC One M9 to go on sale for $649 unlocked tonight