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It's the same HTC One you know and love, with a healthy dose of unlocked

Fancy getting yourself a developer edition HTC One? The official word from HTC is that they will be available for preorder starting at 10 am Eastern time today (April 5). The phone will have identical hardware to it's carrier-provided brethren, but have the SIM card and bootloader unlocked out of the box. The price is set at $649 for the 64GB version. You'll find more information when it goes live at HTC.

On the radio side, the developer model will support AT&T HSPA+, T-Mobile HSPA+ in the 1900 MHz band, and LTE on 700/850/AWS/1900 Mhz. Users on T-Mobile in areas where 1900 MHz hasn't been repurposed (read: most everywhere) will only be able to get EDGE or LTE (if available). 

It's important to note that we don't know if the carrier version in the US will be supported on the HTC developer unlock site, so this may be the answer you're looking for. Also we don't yet know when these will ship, but the unofficial word is April 19. 

Source: +HTC Dev

There are 47 comments

Anybody know if there'll be a GS4 developer version?

ScooterG says:

Doubtful. Samsung devices don't come with looked boot loaders.

ScooterG says:

Evil Big Red...

someguy01234 says:

If you have to ask for a developer version than you are bull****** by the system. Samsung international unlocked devices don't have locked bootloaders. It only get locked when it get branded and network locked to a carrier. Then they sell the "developer" version at a higher cost to make money off you while giving you the false sense of being special. No doubt Verizon love this business scheme.

gtg465x says:

Except this developer version is not at a higher cost. You can buy an AT&T branded and locked down 64GB HTC One contract free from AT&T for $649, or you can buy this unbranded unlocked developer edition 64GB HTC One for $649. Unless you are eligible for the $200-$300 upgrade pricing from AT&T, this is a no-brainer.

This version is SIM unlocked, bootloader unlocked, has no carrier branding, will give you free tethering without a tethering plan, and will get quicker updates because they won't have to be approved by a carrier.

winddroid2 says:

That's not true.

ScooterG says:

True...poor choice of words on my part. Should have said Samsung phones don't come with encrypted bootloaders.

wimbet says:

HTC said the official launch date is April 19.


Im in if it works for verizon

ScooterG says:

You'll need to wait for the One version that Verizon releases later on.

Mexico619 says:

so does this mean it'll support AT&T LTE? i'm a little confused.

ScooterG says:

Based off the bands listed in the article, yes, it will support AT&T LTE.

jimbo says:

With this developer edition version of the HTC One, in the US you can only get full use Spectrum of radio frequencies from AT&T including LTE. On T-Mobile, crippled 2G for most areas when not on LTE. No CDMA carriers (no Verizon and Sprint). So in US this HTC unlocked is only fully functional on AT&T and prepaids who use AT&T towers (frequencies).

If you wish to use a carrier other than AT&T, you essentially can't with this unlocked version of the HTC One Developer Edition

If you want to use T-Mobile, I believe it would be prudent to purchase from T-Mobile.

Remember, the purpose of this Limited edition is for a small cadre of developers to use as a test platform.

For each carrier's HTC One, be sure to check the radios available on their HTC One.

I may not pay for or (waste an upgrade) for Sprint's new HTC One.

For example, it is rumored the Sprint version of the HTC One is limited to band 25 LTE 1900. It does not support either of Sprint's upcoming LTE bands -- band 26 LTE 800 and band 41 TD-LTE 2600. One or both of those are expected to be incorporated in new handsets sometime this year, but the HTC One will not be the first.

Therefore, be careful.

As an HTC enthusiast, I'm going to exercise patience and stay with my Sprint HTC EVO LTE until clarification of available frequencies. The T-Mobile version may provide the most GSM flexibility. Perhaps models released later this year using the Snapdragon A800 may provide greater carrier interoperability.


Hiberny says:

I haven't really followed Sprint's LTE plans, but now that I look at the band something occured to me. If Sprint launches LTE on the 2600 Mhz band and I take one of those phones to Europe, could I roam on their LTE (assuming an agreement was reached with the right carriers)?

I just can't wait until they release a phone with bands 4, 5, 13, 17, 25, and whatever band Clear/Sprint uses for Wimax. I can dream :).

hmmm says:

I think the lte 800 will be voice only at first and voice isn't why most people want lte 800. But, I may be wrong. My gs3 which is the 1900 band works just fine, even in my basement for voice. I want the 800 band for data which is a long ways off for sprint I think.

but this version has the 1700 AWS band for tmobile. so why wouldnt it work?

It will work.

Like the article states Jimbo, T-Mobile users will be able to get HSPA+ in areas where it's enabled on the 1900MHz band, and LTE will be supported for those users since T-Mobile uses AWS for LTE, and this supports that, and is fully unlocked. Of course those users have to be in an area with LTE for that.

As a sidenote: Most if not all of AT&T's LTE devices, too, support AWS LTE; thus support T-Mobile's LTE.

The Shag says:

Just wait until the One+ or the One+ X.

sublimaze says:

I'd be tempted to get this is if was available on Verizon
(Verizon wouldn't release an unlocked version anyway)

Kage_ says:

Given iFixit's repairability score of 1 of 10 I'd be leery of this device. One wrong move and your buying a new device and forget about adding a new/larger battery to it.


gravage says:


stanlm2 says:

If I started to forget how impressive the nexus 4 price is, I'm reminded of it here.

barkomatic says:

The Nexus 4 doesn't even have LTE or offer a version with a decent storage capacity. It's also a plastic phone with a glittery back. If anything, the Nexus this year is overpriced for what you get.

sublimaze says:

I completely disagree. The N4 is a killer deal for what you get. A Snapdragon S4 Pro, 768x1280 pixel 318 dpi IPS display, and 2GB RAM are nothing to scoff at. If you want more, then you gotta pay more. But for people that don't need LTE or extra storage, the N4 is a no-brainer. If you don't like the back design, just slap on a skin or case and problem solved.

rwong48 says:

Meanwhile.. I'm enjoying LTE on my Nexus 4 in San Jose (way better than Sprint LTE, or what's deployed of it at least) and don't need more than 16GB storage. I could even get by with 8GB.

T-Mo HSPA+ is fast enough anyways.

Son37Lumiere says:

WTF are you talking about? The Nexus 4 isn't even close to plastic, it's practically all glass you nimrod, it also has the best hardware currently available other than the limited storage options (the One and the S4 aren't yet available) and at nearly half the price of any other option. It also gets generally faster speeds on HSPA+ than I get on Verizon's 4G in my area, oh and it supports LTE with a bit of hacking.

cj100570 says:

I want some of what you're smoking. The N4 doesn't have the best hardware available. I can name at least 1 phone that has better and it's the topic of this thread!

graffixnyc says:

I wonder if a RUU from a Developer edition will work on a carrier branded device. If so(which I kinda doubt) then even the SIM Locked/Bootloader Locked devices can be set free

hmmm says:

Do developer editions require different roms from non developer editions? If they do I'd rather they not be offered at all as it will only fragment development for these phones since most people would probably get the cheaper non-developer model but yet a bunch would get the developer edition thinking it's where all the modding will take place.

graffixnyc says:

No the ROMS will work. But the carrier branded one will either have to be unlocked via HTC Unlock or when the other Devs get S-off on it. The only thing that would be different is the way you flash kernels on devices that have been unlocked via HTC unlock you can't flash them in recovery like you normally would. They need to be flashed in fastboot. Also you won't be able to flash radios when it's unlocked via HTC Unlock. I'm sure eventually the other Dev's will get s-off and I think they'll use the developer edition rom to aid in that.

barkomatic says:

Well its 10:10 and I see that several carrier versions have appeared in the HTC online shop but I don't see a developer version. Has anyone found it yet?

gravage says:

Not here. Refreshing like mad. Why do launches always go like this? The phones are never available at the appointed times.

Search for HTC One Developer. It will show up. I just pre ordered mine. Looks like there is also a 32GB Unlocked version as well. http://shopamerica.htc.com/cell-phones/productdetail.htm?prId=41599

gravage says:

Good call, but it only worked on my smartphone. The website is taking forever to refresh on my computer.

Son37Lumiere says:

The 32 GB version doesn't come with an unlocked bootloader though, it's only sim unlocked.

betsuni says:

Here's the link to the Unlocked 32GB version as well:


barkomatic says:

I just placed my order and got a confirmation email. I was surprised to see that when I checked the status of my order that my HTC One is scheduled to be shipped *today* and arriving on April 11th (standard shipping). I wonder if that will actually happen or if its an ordering glitch.

[update] I've read that although it says it will ship today -- it actually won't until the 18th. Booo.

Just bought mine. This will be my first Android phone. While I like iOS, I am bored with their hardware and I figured this was as good a time as any to give Android a try for at least one product cycle. I was drawn to the One because of the quality of the hardware, and to the developer edition because of the ability to run a "pure" version of Android (no carrier bloatware).

Wish me luck...

gtg465x says:

Having owned many iPhones and many Android phones, I think you made a great choice and won't be disappointed.

rwong48 says:

Pretty sure the HTC One is far from "pure" Android. Lack of carrier bloatware is nice, but there's still that thing called HTC Sense..

Maybe I'm just biased, but the Nexus 4 is/was probably a good time to give Android a shot.

Son37Lumiere says:

He said he was drawn to the developer edition so that he can load a stock android rom on it.

tonypittman says:

I ordered the developer edition, 64GB (or so I thought).

via shopamerica(dot)htc(dot)com I went and placed my order.

Everything went through OK. (I am a US buyer with a US credit card)

I got my order email confirmation, and I was all set.

THEN, a few hours later I got an email saying my order had been cancelled.

No explanation, nothing...

It's now the weekend, and their customer service is closed.

Anyone else have this happen? What's going on?

htowngator says:

I had to wait on hold for 30 minutes to get them to sort out the coupon problem then when I re-ordered I had to wait on hold AGAIN for 30 minutes because they had flagged me for possible fraud (double order on same day). Ugh.

Got it worked out though.


Kinda the reason why I'd stick with the Galaxy S4, although you can't deny the HTC One's sleek look. This situation will get worse as more and more Android handsets come with locked bootloaders. Apparently, these OEM's are ignoring Android's "open-source" roots and locking down their devices as well as skinning the entire OS.

cj100570 says:

Androids open source roots have to do with what can be done with the software by developers and has nothing to do with whether an OEM/Carrier locks down a bootloader. Even Nexus devices come with a locked bootloader by default. Google just makes it easy to unlock them afterwards. As someone that has been in the open source arena since the early 90's it has become apparent to me that most people have no real concept of what that means and are only aware of it because of Android and yet spout off at length about how OEM's/carriers aren't following the spirit of open source. Hi-la-ri-ous!