It’s hard to remember the last time a new handset picked up the sort of plaudits currently being meted out to the HTC One M8.
But if we were forced to hazard a guess, we’d say it was probably when the original HTC One M7 dropped a year ago; a handset that, lest we forget, went on to become the year’s ‘most-awarded smartphone’.
And while critical acclaim didn’t equate to Samsung-challenging sales last time around, the early signs are that this time it could be different.
So if you’re in the market for an HTC One M8 how much should you be looking to pay? Which networks are selling it? Are there any pre-order sweeteners up for grabs? Read on and arm yourself with the gen you need.
EE’s sweeteners for early birds are some of the best around. Pre-order the phone between March 26th and April 11th and you’ll get a free flight to a choice of 12 European cities. EE is also throwing in double data when you buy online.
Contracts aren't badly priced as far as 4G plans go, with EE offering the handset for £37.99 per month plus £29.99 upfront.
Three isn’t offering anything in the way HTC One M8-specific sweeteners. But with a minimum outlay of £38 per month over 24 months and £49 upfront, prices are broadly comparable to rival carriers.
Allowances on this plan are 600 minutes per month, 2GB of data and unlimited texts.
Need more data? Go with Three’s £44 per month plan and you’ll be afforded all-you-can-eat data, texts and minutes.
Vodafone is selling the One M8 for free from £42 per month on its Red plan. That gets you unlimited calls, texts and data.
The first 3,000 customers to buy the handset with Voda also nab themselves a free HTC Boombass speaker cube.
At the time of writing, Virgin Media hadn’t announced plans to range the phone. We’ve approached for their press people for confirmation. But given that it currently ranges no HTC phones at all, it’s probably clever not to hold your breath.
O2's choicest HTC One M8 contract is £38 per month and £49.99 upfront. As well as 2GB of data, this buys you unlimited texts and minutes too.
Tesco Mobile also hadn't broken cover with its plans at the time of writing. Once again, we've asked around, though, and we'll update you when we know for sure exactly what's happening.
Carphone’s cheapest HTC One M8 deal that includes a free phone is priced £42.99 per month on EE. Unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 1GB data per month come as standard.
Perhaps the best value offer, though, is with O2 and is £38 per month, plus £49 upfront. Here you get unlimited calls and texts and 4GB of data to burn through every month.
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The retail giant is offering the handset on a range of carriers. The most eye-catching contracts are from T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone.
Priced £37.99 per month with no upfront fee, these include a free HTC BoomBass speaker and HTC Fetch keyfob device that helps you locate your handset when you lose it.
Carphone is selling the M8 for £549.99 SIM free. SIM-free specialists Clove will furnish you with the handset for £534.