it's a steal?

We usually don't worry too awful much about the various people importing and hawking unlocked phones on the Internet, but sometimes things just need passed along. The deals site Daily Steals has the unlocked, Tegra 3 version of the HTC One X up for sale, and if you want to part with $630, you can get your hands on the world version. We're not going to get in the middle of the debate over which version is best, and chances are the average user would see zero difference between the two, just know that it's very possible the only way to get the quad-core version is to import one.

Note that this won't have 3G/4G (or 11G) of any sort on T-Mobile (it lacks the 1700MHz band) unless you live in one of those freakish areas where T-Mo also transmits on AT&T's frequencies. And it also lacks network optimizations for AT&T, but for the most part it will work just fine. If seeing how smitten Phil and Alex are with theirs makes you want one of your own, here's your chance.

Source: Daily Steals

Thanks everyone who sent this in!

 
There are 23 comments

mr nruz says:

Pretty soon we'll be seeing thousand dollar phones

Bla1ze says:

Work out the cost of your carrier contract and the price of your device long term. Gonna take a wild guess and say it's over $1,000.

bold1193 says:

Would hate to see yours man, or anybody working for Mobile Nations for that matter. Lol

blackbyrd says:

I may be wrong here, excuse my ignorance if I am, but when you say the cost of the contract, aren't you essentially speaking about the price of the service that you'd have to pay for anyway (whether the phone was purchased on or off contract)? I thought it only makes sense to buy off contract if you: 1. Want to keep up with several new devices or 2. Hop carriers to keep up with the best deals/phones (or a combination of the two) and want to recover some of your costs by reselling the phone (risking your personal info)

Is that incorrect?

rasterX says:

Ideally, off-contract service should cost less than one that is subsidizing the cost of the phone. This is the way most international carriers work, but in the US, among the 4 primary carriers, only T-Mobile's prepaid offers a substantial discount. The main problem with that is the lack of support for T-Mobile's 1700 HSUPA frequency among most unlocked international phones (Nexus Galaxy is the notable exception).

The best solution at the moment would be an MVNO that operates on ATT's system. In most cases you end up paying less with an unlocked phone. For example, for a One X, expect to pay:

subsidized phone + 2 years contract (ATT unlimited + 5GB data):
$200 (likely more) + $120 x 24 = $3080

un-subsidized phone + 2 years off-contract (SmartTalk unlimited all)
$670 (upfront) + $45 x 24 = $1750

Difference = $1330, you can buy a new $660 phone every 8 months and STILL pay less than 1 phone + a 2 year lock-in.

DrDoppio says:

Shhhh, don't tell them, let them ensure the provider profits well...

lionsson says:

:-)

mr nruz says:

I meant just for the phone. I'm on tmobile prepaid baby 60$ unlimited talk and text and 2gigs of data. Still cheaper then on contract. Looks like I'm going to be shelling more green

I Monarch says:

False.

US TeleComs do not discount monthly service plans when you purchase your phone outright. There is no monthly discount, nor surcharge, for signing a two-year agreement.

kinster02 says:

They already have a BB P9981 Porsche phone going for $2000.

If a phone was made a certain way, and had the right features, I'd pay thousand dollars for it. for example,

Say HTC put out a phone that looked like these:

http://www.androidcentral.com/mail-bag-did-htc-just-out-edge-edge-device

Now say said phones had the following specs:

4.5"-4.8" inch 1080p HD screens with SLCD 2,
2.3ghz Quad core
LTE 4G speeds,
12 mp camera, with the same abilities as the One X
Sleek Kickstand
2 GB of ram
64 GB of internal memory
2.0 mp front facing camera,
Android 5.0 Jelly Bean
NFC
Bluetooth 4.0
WiFi
HD Voice
Gorilla Glass 2
3600 Mah Battery
GPS

Well I'd gladly pay $1500 for such a device if it were available RIGHT NOW!

mhmmdy123 says:

Still would be just a phone, not worth more than $100.0 to me.
All the phone should be free, Because in the end we all going to pay over $800. for the carriers.

DrDoppio says:

Get a dumb phone then; I like to have a powerful pocket computer with the option to connect wirelessly.

linzgeneral says:

That's where you are incredibly wrong - that's actually a crazy and uninformed statement. These "devices" are much more than merely a phone. A flip phone is the closest you will get to just a phone. These are handheld computing devices that are actually more versatile than a standalone computer when you look at things like portability, gps, etc. I would gladly drop $1,000 on one of these without a second thought. I use my phone 1,000 times more than any of my three computers combined, and I don't make phone calls or text that much - that's the least of what I use my device for. I can do pretty much the same things like surfing the web, watching videos, reading and responding to emails,listening to music, playing games, etc that I could on a computer in a more convenient fashion, anywhere I please. Mind you some of these things like watching videos and listening to music, I never did on my computer because it just was never a very practical experience. Would you pay more than 100 for a computer? Then here you get a computer with a phone on it. There you have it.

SlimJ87D says:

The problem is that you're probably 1 in a few 100 or 1000s. The company would go bankrupt. Sure they have most of those specs in house right now, because that's for the next generation.

What you are buying at this generation sustains a company to continue their research and development in the next few generations. That's why our phones compared to in house prototypes are a few generations behind.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snapdragon_(system_on_chip)

Look, they already have CPUs that are at S5 2.0-2.5 Quad Core Kraits.

Just adding in my 2 cents.

icebike says:

Define these "network optimizations" that this phone lacks?

expertzero1 says:

network speeds is slacking!

What exactly they do, I have no idea. But I'll bet Mickey has one, and I'll be sure to ask him.

The end result is that if you take two otherwise identical phones, and run them side by said in the same spot, the AT&T branded ones get better network speeds, and connect quicker when you shut the radios down -- usually.

Sometimes the opposite is true, and a Rogers branded radio and RIL will give better performance on AT&T, but not very often, and usually not for everyone. My best guess is that it's something like the PRL on CDMA phones, that lets the phones know where towers are and which ones will have the best signal for the device type.

Closed source voodoo.

Kage87Z says:

If it dispensed free beer I wouldn't pay that kind of money for a phone.

The only "steal" going on here is from the poor schleps paying anything close to this amount for this or any other phone.

I Monarch says:

You're dumb.

I have a question., are any of these going to Verizon? the reason I am asking is..,I have the thunderbolt & having problems with it, so I called Verizon to Get a new/refurbished one but since my mother in law is on my plan I can get her upgrade & still get my upgrade in November.. So butte I just have to figure out which phone to get to hold me over till November... I am thinking the nexus with am extended battery.. But would love to try one of these new HTC phoned

dskwerl says:

If I had they money to spare, I would buy this just to have an excellent handheld device. Then I may or may not ever actually get service on it. But all of the extra features make it worth having as a PDA-type device, let alone as a phone.

Darkseider says:

If only this would work on T-Mobile USA... ugh... Hopefully they get this along with the One S.