I watched with anticipation as HTC announced its latest flagship, waiting with anticipation to hear that T-Mobile would be joining other major carriers in releasing the One M8 tonight. Sadly, it wasn’t to be. Our sources in the world of T-Mobile heard wrong, or the company couldn’t get plans nailed in time. As it stands right now, it won’t be available from midnight.
According to the T-Mobile press release, the device will be available to purchase online and in stores from next month.
“With T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan, the all-new HTC One (M8) will be available to purchase online and in retail stores starting next month.”
As for an exact date of launch, I wish I could tell you. I simply don’t know. But it will be available. Despite the disappointing news, of course Tmo will be announcing this partnership as the best thing since sliced bread:
“Our friends at HTC have nailed it again,” said Jason Young, senior vice president of Marketing, T-Mobile. “The all-new HTC One (M8) has the brainpower of a true superphone together with stunning hardware design, which combined with T-Mobile’s Un-carrier freedom on America’s fastest nationwide 4G LTE network, equals an enviable package.”
Not to start any conspiracies, but it doesn’t seem a coincidence that T-Mobile is among the first in the U.S to stock and sell the Samsung Galaxy S5, with pre-orders set to arrive on people’s doorsteps before the official launch date on April 11th. But it didn’t seal a deal to get the HTC One M8 on day one too? I don’t know. It’s sort of an anti-climax knowing that Tmo won’t be getting it at the same time as its biggest competitors.
Read up on the handset specs here.
T-Mobile's press release has been updated to include release date and pricing information. It'll be for sale online and in retail stores from April 11, sharing a release date with the Galaxy S5. Pricing is $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $26.50, costing $636 all-in.]