HTC One M8 for Windows quietly launches on T-Mobile [Update: Or not]

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Earlier today, T-Mobile quietly launched the device online, showing the price as $585.60, or $0 down and 24 monthly payments $24.40. Since then, the listing changed, and now shows “COMING SOON”. However, if you go to the cell phones store page and hit the “info” icon on the HTC One M8 for Windows listing, you can hit the “Buy Now” button and order it that way.

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Over the past couple of weeks, a number of clues have hinted at a launch for the Windows Phone powered version of HTC’s award-winning HTC One M8. First, a leaked retail roadmap showed a 11/9 launch date, and then it was spotted in T-Mobile’s support pages with help documents and a full spec list. It’s nice to see it finally land in Magenta-flavor.

One (M8) for Windows packs a 5-inch 1920×1080 display, 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, rear Duo Camera with UltraPixel sensor, 5-megapixel front-facing camera and BoomSound front-facing speakers. Also included is 32GB of storage with a microSD slot for additional space.

Let us know if you’re planning on buying one. For me, it seems clear that this is the Windows Phone device to beat.

Update: I got a response from T-Mobile, who tell me that the device isn’t for sale just yet. We’ll go with “Coming Soon” for now. 

Via: Windows Central

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  • Singleweird

    Finally an ultra premium windows phone!!! Exactly what the needed.

  • mjfadaway

    Band 12 on this one?

    • Justsomecommenter

      No.

    • PaulRivers

      No. And they didn’t even fix that the TMobile version doesn’t do band 2 lte, something every other TMobile flagship phone does.

  • Tory

    http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phones/htc-one-m8-for-windows.html

    In the picture of the phone, in the phone icon on the T-Mobile website it says “Verizon Wireless” Lmfao

  • Rose Yvette Mosher

    Awesome. Might pick this one up full price rather than EIP. Still unsure on windows phone for daily driver use right now. Shame the Moto Maxx isn’t coming to T-Mobile.

    • mjfadaway

      Windows Phone 8.1 is great. You’d like it

      • Rose Yvette Mosher

        Oh, I love the OS itself, I have a Nokia 630 that I use over WiFi and pop my sim card into occasionally. I’m just not too vested into it’s limited app support yet, rather not JUMP! to a phone that may not meet my longer term daily needs until I’m sure.

  • David

    Exactly that’s a problem. Quietly lunches… This is amazing phone and good OS and still no sign of it in front page or advertising or making noises. T-Mobile really sucks when it comes to support and advertising Windows Phone which is really sad!

    • UMA_Fan

      I think the issue is Microsoft needs to figure out how to get windows phone out of the rut its in itself. Mobile ecosystems have matured to a point now where it’s clearly just an iOS or Android world. You’re missing out on SOMETHING if you’re on windows phone and they’re always in catch up mode. There is no compelling reason to have one over the competition unless you’re a first time smartphone buyer.

      • jt

        There’s always a compelling reason. Just because you’re not compelled to buy a windows phone doesn’t mean others are not compelled to. First time smartphone buyer comment suggest you’ve never really used a windows phone. I’ve used android moved over to windows for personal use, and have an iPhone for work. All three are at the same level and I think it comes down to preferences. Android is heavily integrated with google (drive, gmaps,, g+ etc…), windows is heavily integrated to MSFT (oneDrive, Xbox, office suites, hotmail, Nokia maps, etc…). IPhone is…still not sure what apple provides. :Shrugs:

      • fentonr

        Or you prefer it. That’s why I use WP.

      • notyourbusiness

        I would say it’s the other way around, but to each his/her own…

    • fentonr

      I agree. Not only that but the reps at the store didn’t know it launched and no stores have it in stock…and they wonder why they sell poorly…

  • Whiskers

    Searched at over Columbus, OH and no store has one in stock.
    Tired online to upgrade from my 925 and no luck either so far.
    Hope T-Mobile gets these in stock asap , can’t wait to get one .

    • fentonr

      I was able to go to a store this morning and have them ship me one. Got the confirmation from T-Mobile.

      • Whiskers

        Which store did you get it from ?
        Did you buy it or upgrade ?

        • fentonr

          Burnsville Center south of Minneapolis. I used JUMP, so I upgraded.

        • Whiskers

          I thought you were in Columbus , lol.
          Thanks for the info though.

        • fentonr

          You bet!

  • VG

    Seems too pricey for hardware that was released 8 months ago.

    • Whiskers

      But it’s still as good if not better than other phones still being released.

      • fentonr

        Yeah, and what it really competes against are other Windows Phones on T-Mobile as most people pick an OS then a phone. With that in mind, its easily the best you can get.

  • bruce_leer0y

    I was considering grabbing this phone, but i spent way to much time hanging out in the forums for this phone and no longer can see myself picking it up.

    • william43

      I spoke to a classmate who has the M8 for Android and he said he loves it…the fact I care about things like battery, sound (front facing speakers), and storage space (microSD), more then the camera. I’m definitely going to pick this up.

  • Art

    got the run around all day on this phone. they cant seem to upgrade my wifes phone, but only sell new plan….!? what sense does this make… no one knows what they are talking about lol

    • fentonr

      I went to a store this morning and had them ship me one. No stores seem to have it in stock and I needed to tell the reps there that it had launched but after that I didn’t have any trouble. When they launch phones like this its not surprising that they don’t sell well…

    • Art

      After talking to a few more people, customer service said the phone wasn’t actually officially launched, and it was postponed, and they are not sure why, or what the new date is, and they are saying the buy now button for when clicking on the “i” icon is an error and it should not be available, but they say they do have phones instock lol

    • DS

      From the rep that I talked to, they said that the billing was still getting upgraded to include the phone, he said that it should be fixed by tomorrow.

  • blitz4075

    somebody make this work with MultiROM on our original M8s…

  • repeating

    I just got a tracking number for my M8 for Windows JUMP upgrade I ordered online

    • Whiskers

      How do you use the Jump online ?
      Do they send you the new phone and then you send the old jump phone back afterwards ?
      Do you pay the taxes on the new phone on your next bill ?

      • repeating

        You pay tax +shipping upfront. You then have a while to return the old phone.

      • repeating

        to use it you hit the phone tab on the top

    • I tried and was told it was back ordered. Did they tell you when it would be shipped?

  • wazmo

    No Band 12 = Non-starter

    • I agree. I am still gonna wait for a Windows Phone with Band 12 compatibility. Until then, I’m sticking with my Lumia 521.

    • PaulRivers

      Lol, band 12? They somehow chose the only flagship phone that doesn’t even do band 2 LTE either.

      • Whiskers

        Does the M8 Android version have band 2 LTE ?

  • Philip

    Will Windows Mobile ever recover from far distant 3rd? Even a rocket ship will not get you to the front.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      Given android had a late start it still managed to get to 1st…..wp is a great Os

    • fentonr

      Not if carriers keep doing as bad of a job promoting the phones as they are doing with the M8 for windows.

    • Shadlom

      Nope.

    • archerian

      WP still has a fighting chance with low margin devices in emerging markets.

    • notyourbusiness

      No, because *Windows Mobile* is a defunct OS. I believe it’s Windows Phone you’re referring to.

    • IamDefiler

      Riiight. Look at world market share compared to iOS. WP 3.6%, iOS 11.x%. Not that far away. Now look at Android 80%. Big
      difference there. iOS needs a rocket ship too.

    • MDRuckus

      Do your realize how stupid your comment was? Windows needs a rocket ship because they are 3rd. I hate to break it to you, but our beloved TMO is in 4th. I have faith in both.

  • Trever Schmalz

    Update….Trying to order the Windows M8 is not working

    • K S

      You can only order it for a new line. You can not upgrade.

      • Trever Schmalz

        No you can’t

        • NachoNut

          Just did Jump on my line this morning. Even though the screen loads and then says unavailable, you get a split second to click the button before it changes…. Just FYI

        • Whiskers

          Same here , payed and confirmed !

        • Trever Schmalz

          I get a “processing error” every time I try to add the phone with a compatible monthly plan

        • K S

          Did you get shipping confirmation yet?

        • NachoNut

          backorder since the day after I ordered it.

        • NachoNut

          Did a chat with CS, they said it will be right about 20 days from the date you put in the order for them to be shipped and taken out of backorder….. So on that note, i’m getting my expedited shipping refunded lol.

      • repeating

        Not true I JUMPed both my lines to the M8 online.

  • Susan

    I just found out that Microsoft is announcing a few Lumia phones tomorrow, Nov 11th.
    Looks like one of the three leaked, a nokia 535. But there’ a couple bigger phones too.

    • Trever Schmalz

      That thing looks horrible, lets up they have something more impressive……

  • Susan

    I just found out that Microsoft is announcing a few Lumia phones tomorrow, Nov 11th.
    Looks like one of the three leaked, a nokia 535. But there’ a couple bigger phones too.

  • notyourbusiness

    It sucks that they launched this phone quietly. Reminds me of when they released the Nokia Lumia 925. It’s a shame because it’s a flagship device, which Windows Phone fans have been waiting for now for quite awhile.

  • Clifford Haight

    Wow, I bet this phone flies… Wish it would have came out a little sooner as I could have bought this for my wife. Still the 925 is a huge upgrade from her POS S3

  • MoonlitReigns

    I think one the main things really holding back Windows Phone in the US is: Exclusives. There has not been a flagship Windows Phone released on all four carriers in this country in some time. The 920, only AT&T, an ICON you want, only on Verizon. The Ativ you seek, AT&T or Sprint. The 925 you were seeking, initially only T-Mobile now just AT&T. Many others, and it’s insane. Release on all four carriers like uhh, just about 99% of every other flagship of an OS.

    • couldn’t have said it better.

    • For real

      I was talking to John Legere this morning and he told me that T-Mobile won’t be bullied by OEMs who demand T-Mobile carry the high end devices when only midrange or entry level. This by default can give “exclusive” devices to carriers

  • S. Ali

    Who the heck wants a Windows Phone, let alone one made by HTC. The M8 was a garbage phone that didn’t even sell well with Android. This piece of junk doesn’t even have Band 12 or Band 2 LTE. If you buy this you’re wasting your money.

    • Whiskers

      Really , i had no problems with LTE when i had my M7 a while back .
      Maybe you live in BFE and need those bands to survive , even the regular M8 is doing just fine in my neck of the woods since it’s release and i’m sure the M8 for windows will work just fine too.

      • S. Ali

        Band 4 LTE is available but with the network upgrades and refarming you miss out on coverage. Doesn’t make sense to spend hundreds of dollars on this phone and only get 1/3 of T-Mobiles network capability.

        • Whiskers

          Again , you must live and travel in the sticks of nowhere .

    • chris

      That’s your opinion.

      • S. Ali

        It actually fact. Windows Phone market share is dropping and they have the highest device return rate. Reps actually avoid selling them. Devs don’t want to make apps for them. MS services are terrible. FFS you can’t even watch Youtube without a third-party app.

        • Ordeith

          False, False, Opinion, Opinion, False, True but that’s because Google is an ass, False, Opinion.

        • S. Ali

          You misspelled “fact” eight times. That is impressive. Probably because of the broken autocorrect feature on Windows Phone.

        • Ordeith

          False, Yes I am, False.
          You’re batting zero.

        • IamDefiler

          As I read this post the word “clueless” comes to mind.

        • S. Ali

          Clueless….the target demographic of Windows Phone? Seems like it.

        • IamDefiler

          OK. I’ll bite…

          “Windows Phone market share is dropping” – Wrong. It’s increasing.

          “Reps actually avoid selling them” – True. All the reps I’ve questioned on why they don’t push WPs I get uneducated answers. I still hear WP doesn’t have an Instagram app.

          “Devs don’t want to make apps for them” – Wrong. New apps everyday.

          “MS services are terrible” – Wrong. Here Maps are 100% downloadable and updated regularly, etc. Bing is #2 in rankings. Not to mention Onedrive, Office…the list goes on.

          “FFS you can’t even watch Youtube without a third-party app” – Wrong. youtube.com on your phone. Besides, this is Google taking their ball and going home. I prefer mytube anyway. It far exceeds any first party app on other devices.

          “MS has actually dumped their customers with every upgrade” WP7 to 7.8 – Worng. 8 to 8.1 Really wrong., and soon 8.1 to 10 Confirmed by MS WP 10 will run on all WP8 devices. Wrong again.

          The rest of what you state is personal preference that many would argue is wrong as well.

        • Whiskers

          1=Non removable battery , no different than an iphones .
          2=Odd-shaped screen , better look again at the iphone screens / ppi 3=On screen buttons , hello this is 2014 and many Androids use them .
          4=Fragile glass , gorilla glass is the same material many others including the iphone uses .

        • S. Ali

          Nope. Galaxy phones have removable batteries, capacitive buttons, normally shaped screens, and resilient casing. It also happens to be the best selling Android phone. Wrong on all 4 points.

        • Whiskers

          Galaxy phones also have OS glitches to the point many are jumping ship from once they get they get over the honeymoon phase .
          Normal shaped screens by who’s judgement , Samsung….LOL

          You want to talk about odd screens and no removable batteries , you need to jump over the Apple forums . They are the ones with messed up screen sizes and ppi numbers for HD screen .
          And the only capacitive button Samsung and Apple uses is the home button , big deal .
          Hello it’s almost 2015 , not 2007 repeating itself over and over again.

        • monkeybutts

          Best selling brand means nothing more than they have good marketing. For every good device they have they have at least 10 crappy ones.

        • Greg

          Your credibility is lost with one word for Galaxy devices, TouchWiz. An overlay that is purge garbage, only way the device becomes usable or tolerable is after your root and install a AOSP Rom.

          Actually IDC and Gartner say that Windows Phone users have the highest customer satisfaction over other Operating Systems. The reason you don’t have a YouTube application, is because of Google. They refuse to allow access through an application, Microsoft built one and utilizes the API, Google sued because it bypassed their ads on the video.

          Your pretty uninformed.

        • Greg

          My apologies for my typo, *pure rather than *purge.

        • S. Ali

          You’re defending WP, you had no credibly coming into this conversation. It is FACT Windows Phone is losing customers worldwide. MS has shifted focus to iOS and Android. You won’t get any major update. They are scrambling to put out GDR updates that more carriers won’t even push. So sad how much misinformation you guys push around here.

        • hit_the_lights

          LMAO dude you don’t know shít. Any visit to windows central would prove you wrong.

        • Deihmos

          How do you like the S6?

        • MDRuckus

          Liar. I have a 1520. It is way better than my S4. Who said you can’t watch YouTube? I do it directly from the website. I can project my screen wirelessly on any tv, monitor, laptop. I can share my pics live with anyone anytime. My work stuff is flawless with Office integrated. Try again.

        • dannyg

          You’re full of crap. Windows Mobile market share has increased every quarter this year. Misinformed dumbass.

        • S. Ali

          No it hasn’t, it has shrunk worldwide.

    • hit_the_lights

      stupid ass troll GTFO

    • manuelthesatanfan

      Ali:

      I see that you’re on this site spewing nonsense again.

      Others have already pointed to several of your outright lies.

      As far as your assertion that “MS services [including maps] are terrible,” I strongly disagree, and not respectfully.

      Many of MSN’s services/apps on its Windows Phones, including several Nokia mapping/GIS apps, as well as Cortana are excellent.

      Using a third-party app to watch you YouTube videos has caused no major inconvenience to me, especially because that app works very well.

      • S. Ali

        I have a 521, it does not run well at all, so no you’re wrong. Proof is in the marketshare. Period.

        • Whiskers

          So you base all other windows phones from your experience from the 521……
          Get a real flagship windows phone and actually use it before posting negative thoughts and false BS.

        • Derrick Ford

          That is because the 521 is a “Budget Phone”…. OMG What A Simpleton!!!

    • ssomzzz

      listen droidette, Ive owned every os phone out there, by far windows is the best seamless connectivity , speed, ease of use and awesome “useful” apps. wanted to try apple for a tablet…………..apple is the shittiest os out there, DROID IS JUST EEHHH YAWN BORING…………PERIOD

  • jlangner_bama1

    Well I bought Sunday…when is it shipping??

  • william43

    Just went to a store in FL and was informed they will not be carrying the device in store online orders online…you know due to generally low demand for windows phone.

  • Trever Schmalz

    Ummm…So now they are telling me that it’s not available yet. WTF T-Mobile

  • Mac Reno

    Is there an updated release date yet? This is frustrating when tmobile cant deliver on the said date.

    • Trever Schmalz

      Right, I asked the Customer Service online Chat person and they gave me no answer :(

  • Greg Arrigotti

    Is there any word on when this device will launch?

    • Take this L

      I called yesterday asking if I can pre-pay for the phone since I hear some people already bought it. CS also said that the phone is listed to have gone on sale on Nov 8th which they found strange since it was also not allowed to be purchased. Lasty they asked their MS Sales rep or something. Sales rep stated that the phone was pulled out due to an issue with the devices hardware..boom sound and something else..So hearing that..who knows now since they have to rebuild the devices already made. I reality TMo and MS are both losing out and holding back Flag Ship devices from tmo. Its really frustrating

      • Greg Arrigotti

        That sounds like fancy sales jargon. From my understanding of the device, HTC One M8 Windows is identical to HTC One M8 Android. The only difference is the Operating System. November 8th, 2014 was the release as an exclusive from Verizon. So a phone that has had no issues with Verizon, is still currently on sale with AT&T without any issues leads me to believe the issue is with T-Mobile.

        T-Mobile tried to tell me low volume for low demand is why you can’t purchase. So I feel like something fishy is going on, T-Mobile doesn’t want to take the blame either.

        So clear direction from T-Mobile would be nice on this matter. This is incredibly frustrating. Well, that is what they said when I called anyway the low-volume and low-demand bit.

  • zonkadonkadonk

    just chatted with T-Mobile customer support and was told that the phone will available on November 19th, online only.

    • Whiskers

      If this is true , i wonder for those who already placed an order if their phones will be shipped out to receive them on the 19th.

  • Karl

    I just talked to support and he told me that he couldn’t find a release date or pricing, I hope Wednesday is the day because my 925 crapped out on me and I haven been stuck with a 521 for a month, I don’t want to end up leaving but I need a viable option for a Windows phone

    • Greg Arrigotti

      Yeah, my wife has a Nokia Lumia 1020 that works beautifully and is unlocked. However it doesn’t have all the T-Mobile bands, so it doesn’t work sometimes. It randomly drops signal- Would love to switch her over to this phone.

  • Mac Reno
  • KBeatz

    not in stores yet…just went to go buy it and they said none of the stores have it in stock

    • Anne Dafchik

      I was told that it was in select stores in select markets (read: Manhattan or LA)? But otherwise I needed to order online. HOWEVER – you can preview the same model phone with the Android OS on it if you’re already familiar with your Windows 8.1 and just want to see the hardware (and not the software).

  • brendanhohoho

    The One is HTC’s second attempt at entering the ring and it’s just as impressive as its predecessor: it’s beautiful, battery efficient, fueled by all the latest hardware, and that UltraPixel camera still excels in areas that other camera phones have fallen short. And guys, we really, really like it.