Verizon HTC One M8

A quick heads up that if you're in the market for a new HTC One M8 on Verizon, you can get in on a buy-one-get-one-free deal. That'd be two M8s (is in dos, not some new version of the M8 — because someone always asks) for the price of one. As for that price, it's $199 with a two-year contract, $25.22 a month on Verizon's Edge plan (which ends up around $605 over the two years), or $599 outright. [Verizon]

 

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The new HTC One M8 is buy-one-get-one-free on Verizon

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I was at a Verizon store today. Apparently (we are on a 10 gig shared plan) my family gets a $20 discount on the line that the edge plan is on, with the $25 monthly still applying. All together its only $5 a month with zero down, making the cost of the phone effectively $120 over two years, with the option to trade it in after a year and get the next One.

I get to upgrade 6 months early because if this.

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If you have want edge, I believe you don't have to wait until your two years are up since technically you're buying the device at full price.

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If you got your new phone before October 2013 then you are eligible to upgrade if you move to edge by Monday. You do have to trade in the old phone though.

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Yeah, on contact only. Verizon store reps are pushing Edge anyway. One told me today people are taking the Edge, because everyone knows 2 yr contacts will soon be a thing of the past...

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People take Edge left and right because you get $10 off per line, or if you're on a 10GB plan you get $25 off. Makes perfect sense to do a $25 per month phone with a $25 bill credit and upgrade every year

Actually for a limited time if you have 10gb or more it is a 25 dollar off line access fee...making each edge smartphone 15 dollars a month line access fee

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Still not worth it. Nice little phone, I will enjoy using it I am sure but not a must buy

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I'm pretty surprised it took so long to get a column about this since yesterday there was actually an ad on AC's website for this deal

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My bad, i missed that. I should know better by now than to ever doubt you guys

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Yes, yes you should :-)

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Thanks VZW, the price for the flagship phones it's really good, but, the plan you are offering way to high. I am sticking with Sprint they're cheaper and their service perfect where I live. I am paying $62.0 after my discount, plus the phone monthly instalment . I get unlimited text, talk to any wireless and to any landline plus unlimited data.

I have mixed feelings about this. Hard to call it a "premium" device when you give it away for free. But I guess that's Verizon's choice, and not necessarily HTC's.

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I see where you're coming from, but you're right it's all Verizon's choice. The shocking thing is that it's only two days after launch and it's already marketed buy one get one free! So it makes you wonder.

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It's a limited time deal and I think they want to maximize their sales and the hype while its an exclusive. It doesn't hurt HTC because Verizon still pays full price for the phone and just makes less money on it.

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I think he meant that it hurts HTC in terms of brand awareness, since people often associate BOGO phones with cheap or old devices. But then again, if it gets the device into a lot more hands and the word of mouth is good, then it's a win/win, I suppose.

Also, everyone who gets one of these as a BOGO add-on is one fewer Samsung or Apple customer for the next couple years, which will make HTC happy. This kind of makes sense in the face of an impending GS launch and a not-that-far-off iPhone launch.

Oh I understand where he is coming from. I just think there will be more good than harm. HTC made a device that was (arguably) equal to or better than the GS4 last year but was roasted alive because of such low sales and the company continued to spiral financially because of it. They need to get these in as many hands as possible preferably without HTC taking a bath on the deal. Verizon probably got the retail exclusive because they agreed to invest a large sum of money in promoting the phone.

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No. The price is on a 2 year deal or EDGE and odds are the Verizon version won't support all of the radio bands you need.

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You can also use Verizon30 coupon code at checkout in line and get 30% off. I just used it.

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Verizon rep tried to explain Edge to me yesterday. I don't understand . Is it like T Mobile's equipment installment plans with a contract?

no. basically you're paying monthly for the phone. after you pay off 50% of the retail price you can get a new phone. U can do that in as little as 30 days after having a phone

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Edge program is a big scam by Verizon to steal more money from the consumer. If I get a two line plan it costs me $40 per line access and extra depending on the amount of data I need (for example $80 for 6GB).For signing a 2 year agreement I get two phones at $199 each. So I pay total over two years: 24 months x $160 + 2 x $199=$4238

Now if I add edge, I get the phones with $0 upfront and pay $25 extra per month for a total of $600 over two years for each line. The service cost being the same, $160 x 24 mos=$3840 to which I add $1200 for the edge payment for a grand total of $5040.

So, where's the advantage?

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You are missing the fact that as of last month you now get a $10 credit per line per month, so that's a savings of $480. Still more than a traditional contract deal, but you get the option to upgrade just one year later. It's a good deal if you like the latest and greatest Android phones because they don't hold value well. For iPhone not so much because they retain their value very well.

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Your math is slightly off. With the Edge plan, you get a small discount off the service plan ($10 per smartphone if plan is less than 10 GB; $25 per phone with a plan of 10 GB or higher). Basically, if you have a 10 GB plan, the costs are roughly the same.

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Except for with edge u pay half the retail price of the phone because its designed to turn in and upgrade every year or earlier

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I wanted to like this phone, but imo it's way too big. My Verizon store had it next to the Note 3, and they felt like they are in the same size category. In which case I'd rather just go whole hog and jump into the phablet category.
If they come out with a mini version that has the same 801 chip and other specs in a moto X size I'd be interested

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Buy one get one free only applies via 2yr contract.

One only needs to look at the math to see when this breaks even. $200 for two phones via contract or roughly $1200 via Edge over 24 months: or $1000. Data cost becomes irrelevant since it's the same with either option. The phone connection charge is what's different. Anything below 10 GB and the connection charge is $30/phone on Edge. 10 GB and above is $15/phone on Edge. Connection charge for 2 phones on contract is $40/phone or $1920 over 2 years. Removing the break even price of $1000 leaves $920. If one pays $920 or less it becomes advantageous to just take the Edge plan over this current deal of BOGO free. $920 over 24 months = $38.33 or $19.16/phone.

Therefore, if you get the 10 GB plan or above on data share, it's cheaper to get 2 phones on the Edge plan because the charge per line is $15 which is less than $19.16. If you get any data plan 8 GB or below then it is cheaper to be on contract. because the charge is $30 which is greater than $19.16.

It is kind of silly how paying for a phone out-right is cheaper when there's a BOGO deal available. If anyone is on the Edge plan it is almost always better to sell the phone through Ebay/Swappa/etc... than to give the phone back to Verizon after 50% is paid off.