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Carphone Warehouse confirms sales to begin from around 4pm on launch day at select stores

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has announced that it'll be selling the new HTC One —aka M8 — in select stores from "around 4pm" on the day of announcement, March 25. That means the phone will be available for Brits to buy "just minutes" after the announcement event in London wraps up — a potentially significant development for HTC, which will get its new handset into consumers' hands ahead of the arrival of Samsung's Galaxy S5.

"Shortly after [the announcement], the new HTC One (M8) handsets will be transported directly from the venue of the launch announcement to six Carphone Warehouse stores in London. Westfield Stratford, Westfield White City, Oxford Circus, Centrepoint and Tottenham Court Road stores will all be hosting special events celebrating the HTC launch with entertainment and giveaways as well as the first chance for customers to get their hands on the new device. Carphone Warehouse at Selfridges will also be stocking the handset from the same time."

There's no word on whether the M8 will also be available on March 25 in the U.S., but either way we'll be live from both the London and NYC launch events to bring you full coverage next Tuesday!

More: What we're expecting from the new HTC One

Press Release

All new HTC One available from Carphone Warehouse from 25th March announcement day

London, 18.03.14: In a retail first, Carphone Warehouse has revealed that the new HTC One (M8) handset will be available from selected stores from around 4pm on Tuesday 25th March – just minutes after it is officially announced.

The new HTC flagship device will be officially unveiled by the manufacturer at special events in London and New York earlier that afternoon. Shortly after, the new HTC One (M8) handsets will be transported directly from the venue of the launch announcement to six Carphone Warehouse stores in London. Westfield Stratford, Westfield White City, Oxford Circus, Centrepoint and Tottenham Court Road stores will all be hosting special events celebrating the HTC launch with entertainment and giveaways as well as the first chance for customers to get their hands on the new device. Carphone Warehouse at Selfridges will also be stocking the handset from the same time.

Full information including videos of the new handset will be shared on www.carphonewarehouse.com and customers will be able to order the HTC One (M8) over the phone from the same afternoon, before it is available from all 770 Carphone Warehouse stores and to order online shortly afterwards.

A Carphone Warehouse spokesperson comments, “The HTC One is an award winning handset that set the bar for design during 2013 and made many sit up and take notice – the new HTC One M8 is likely to continue that trend and will cement HTC’s future as a heavy-hitting smartphone manufacturer. We know how keen customers are to get hold of the latest tech as soon as possible and that is why we are so excited to be able to offer the new HTC One so quickly after it is unveiled.”

 
There are 48 comments

Fwoshie says:

Sweet!

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a22matic says:

Wow. Impressive if they can pull it off... I hope they do that here in the States also. I will make my purchase on day 1 of it's available.

sublimaze says:

I suspect they will. And I will be one of the first in line :)

NoNexus says:

I doubt that they will. I know that it has been leak after leak with this phone, but honestly, we would have sen more if they were in the retailers hands.

a22matic says:

I respect that, but what about the so called Verizon All New HTC One sale on eBay?

NoNexus says:

Every once in a while even a blind squirrel finds a nut. Once and awhile you can find the next iPhone in a bar. Things happen, that guy got lucky.

a22matic says:

Haha, true that..

Jay Holm says:

True. We would have seen carrier branding, the device going through the FCC, and promotional materials leak.

Sidenote: I have a feeling THIS year is going to be one of the most competitive years for smartphones. I really do.

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thuglife#AC says:

Same here bro!!

4limguy says:

About time they stepped up with launch dates.

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NEXUS_HTC_PS says:

Seriously. That's awesome. I wonder when it will be available through AT&T? As soon as it's available I'm pre-ordering! Come on HTC!

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codiusprime says:

Now they need to get it out quickly in the US. Hell if they could get it out before the S5 that would be even better.

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Taz89 says:

Great job, probably just a UK thing but it's a start. Annoying when a company announces something and you have to wait a month or more.. Why not just hold onto the announcement of a device until closer to release date.. I think a week wait is fine but a month is too long.

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Jay Holm says:

I agree. Have everything in line, carrier agreements, FCC certifications, and so on,. . .then have a major announcement both in Europe and NYC, and have a consumer launch one week later, both Europe & North America at the same time.

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I gotta admit that's a nice move...best I've seen from any company same day...

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Ohleo says:

This is how you do it.

barondebxl says:

That's impressive. I guess because they unveiled it later than the other flagships (Z2, S5) they gonna make up in that time difference and sell before those two are released. Smart.

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...but only in London.

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barondebxl says:

Germany as well...

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HTC please make this happen here in the United States

gilroyneil says:

YAY YAY YAY! TAKE MY MONEY!!!! :)

BeatUpFord says:

Does that leaked Verizon box have any other Americans horny for the possibility of same day launch stateside?

Habiib says:

Lmbo @horny!!!

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Jay Holm says:

Lmao! "horny"? It's a phone, it doesn't have boobs. . .sheez people!

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jlczl says:

This launch is shaping up to be very solid........especially compared to last year's fiasco. The ramped up leaks and official teasers have really generated interest in anticipation of the launch.

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I'd love for this to be true in the US. I have a free upgrade to use by the end of the month and this would be perfect.

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Eclectech says:

I am stacking my money away now. Must have on day of release.

BldyIdt says:

That would explain the leaks...

zizu101 says:

Yeah , HTC gave us a mindfuck...

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zhecht says:

Has anyone other than Apple attempted this for a flagship phone?

dovlek says:

Same day launch....great......but....will it blend? Lmao

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BoroughChild says:

This is good news, but what about the U.S.?

I'm deciding between the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8).

Bertron says:

YeSsIrrRRrr...me 2 dinkn whic 1 i shud get az mi upgrade. Da S5 or M8...Hmmmm
Let me ask dis from wut read, whic 1 u feel iz a betr stronger cel fon????

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franky_402 says:

Link is dead

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baldypal says:

you sure? opens for me every time....
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K White1 says:

Lucky Brits! I hope it's available in the US soon after launch.

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Now THAT is how you launch a phone.

Reveal it, then release it soon after. Not this reveal it then release it a month or two down the track stuff.

Jay Holm says:

+1!

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anekin007 says:

As soon as the phone is launch I expect Samsung to start making ads bashing HTC one. lol

Bertron says:

Whelp, i wanna no whic cel fon do u fell iz a betr pic 4 an upgrade......M8 or S5 ?????

jimbo says:

Argh, 4 u S5!!!!!

Bertron says:

@ Jimbo...y u sae dat i shud get da S5 nd not da M8 ???

droidman2177 says:

Getz wut youz likeie.

I think you need to speak English if you expect someone to take you serious! Just sayin! !

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JobiWan144 says:

No word on pricing, I take it?

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