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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.”

 

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New HTC One (M8) available to buy on March 25 in the UK

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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????