HTC M8: Mobile Service Carriers Battle to Offer Competitive Contracts
HTC Corporation has successfully managed to launch its new flagship smartphone – the All New HTC One, better known as M8, among all the competition from rivals Apple and Samsung. Now, to cater to fans of HTC M8, who are eager to get their hands on the phone, mobile service carriers are battling with each other to offer competitive contracts.
For all the consumers looking to tie themselves down with a two-year contract or looking to make a switch in their carriers, the HTC M8 is now available online in the US from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless. Even though the two-year contract prices are not really different, there is enough difference among the carriers’ contract-free offers to make it worth shopping around a bit.
Without doubt, the best offer is from Verizon. The cell phone carrier is offering a Buy One Get One (BOGO) free offer for the new HTC M8 as long as each smartphone is tied to its own two-year contract. This means that two of the HTC M8s will cost you $199.99 as long as you sign a two-year contract on each of the phones. Moreover, if a customer activates a new line of service, he or she will get a $100 bill credit through Mar. 31, 2014.
In its competitive mode for contracts, Verizon has gone a step further in its battle with other mobile service providers for the newly launched HTC M8. The BOGO offer can also be combined with a coupon, offering further impressive discounts!
Of the two coupons available on the website, if the ‘VERIZON30’ coupon is applied to this deal on checkout, it will give customers an additional 30 percent discount from the price of the headset. This means, with the two-year contract, the price will add up to $139.99. In case the first coupon does not work for any reason, Verizon customers can try to take advantage of the second coupon, ‘VZWDEAL,’ during checkout and the price will drop to $149.99. Again, this is also available only with the two-year contract.
Meanwhile, for anyone not looking to tie themselves down for two years, the mobile service carrier is offering the HTC M8 for $599.99. Among the three carriers currently providing the HTC M8, this is the lowest contract-free price. Moving on, any subscriber with Verizon Edge will have to pay $25.22 a month.
The service provider is also the only one in the US to have the HTC M8 in stores as well as online. It is not known if Verizon had a special deal with HTC for this offer of being the exclusive one to provide the phone in stores.
Service carrier AT&T also has the phone for $199.99 with the same two-year agreement clause. However, they are offering no free phones. Moreover, subscribers of AT&T’s Next 12 service looking to get the HTC M8 would have to pay $32 in 20 monthly installments, whereas AT&T’s Next 18 calls for 26 installments of $24.62. AT&T is also offering the new phone for $639.99 without an annual contract – just behind Sprint in being the most expensive to offer the phone without a contract.
Sprint has the HTC M8 smartphone, contract-free, for $649.99. However, since Sprint has lower monthly bills as compared to Verizon and AT&T, the savings can be better translated over a long run. Alternatively, a subscriber can also pay $27.09 installments for a period of 24 months. Meanwhile, the service is matching its competitors’ prices of $199.99 for a similar two-year contract.
T-Mobile is lagging behind. The mobile service provider will launch the phone on April 11 in both its stores and online. It was also late in providing information on its pricing format for the HTC M8. T-Mobile said that customers can buy the phone for $26.50 per month for a period of 24 months, making the smartphone worth a total of $636.
While, mobile service carriers battle to offer competitive contracts, HTC Corporation is really looking towards the success of its new flagship HTC M8. It is no secret that HTC has been struggling for the past two years, trying to gain ground on both Apple and Samsung in the smartphone market. The reviews to the HTC M8 have been mixed. Generally, reviewers are calling it a great cell phone but are critical of its camera, saying that poor picture quality has let the phone down.
By Faryal Najeeb