full price Cell phone from AT&T w/o contract

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  1. Gaucho
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    OK... so I understand that sometimes AT&T (as well as other US cellphone carriers) will sell you phones that are factory unlocked and with no contract obligation... of course at full price.

    So then, can anybody confirm if AT&T is currently selling the HTC One (black finish) 64GB version that is unlocked with no contract...?

    Thanks,
    Alex
     
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    I can seem to do this on the ATT website but Im not sure what month to month actually means in terms of the phone being locked (or not) to a ATT simcard.... Im already an ATT customer with a prepaid card, don't know if that helps in any way....?
     
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    I don't think AT&T will sell you a premium phone full price to use with their no-contract setups. I could be wrong, but I don't think they would...

    Even if you try another approach like using Amazon to purchase a no-contract phone, your options don't include the latest stuff. After all, those are the carrots that the carriers use to lure you into a contract. :)

    If you want an unlocked HTC One you'd have to purchase it from Google via their store. It should be available tomorrow for $599.
     
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    Thanks.... will check out Google store then.
     
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    OK Im an idiot.... I cant find the HTC in the Google store.... Ive searched for HTC and got no hits.... what am I doing wrong....???

    :oops:
     
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    News for HTC One google


    PopHerald.com





    HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition phones launch June 26th

    Liliputing ‎- 39 minutes ago

    Google will start offering versions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 on June 26th. Both devices will be available with Google's stock ...
     
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    Ah... so not lauched yet.... will have to wait until tomorrow then...... :oops:
     
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    That's what I said :)

    Not sure if you'll get your choice of colors though.
     
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    I still cant find this..... can someone provide a link please....?
     
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    Also, Google seems to be offering a special edition of this phone, with changes in the OS.... or am I reading something incorrectly...?

    (confused) :confused:
     
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    There are a few (minor) updates to the OS that are not part of the regular devices. The boot animation is different (says Google rather than Nexus or the manufacturer's logo), there's a new live wallpaper and new camera app.

    Otherwise -- other than the fact that they're devoid of carrier bloatware -- they're the same device as what you'd buy from the store.
     
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    Carrier bloatware I get..... but if you buy a phone directly from the manufacturer that's unlocked you are spared any carrier specific software, or..?
     
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    I feel better.... turns out Google doesn't want google play to operate in Argentina.... no wonder when I forced myself onto the US site I still could not find the phone. When I use the above link it tells me Im somewhere that Google play is not supposed to be available....

    (sigh)
     
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    It seems like you ask for help regularly re US phones. If you need help buying these phones, I can assist as long as it’s not so often that it becomes a drag. My office is near a post office. Feel free to PM me if you want to make something happen.
     
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    I think the device itself can only be purchased / shipped to select markets. Even if you circumvent the location business to access the store and buy it, I don't think it will let you ship it there.

    Of course you can always get a mail forwarding service in the US and use Google checkout. Or a trusted person in the US that could buy it for you then forward it along.
     
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    I use T-mobile they have phones for full price, but they are locked to them. Of course you can have them unlocked for free. I bought an Iphone 5 unlocked at the apple store, and got a free t-mobile sim card. It was the same price as a locked galaxy S4 and HTC 1.
     
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    Thank you very much for your kind offer.... :cool:
     
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    Thanks... yes, Im aware of the shipping restictions... but I have a "proxy" in the USA that can help me with the transaction details.
     
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    The google edition phones are US only unfortunately. But there are always ways around that. Just realize, the radio bands will be US centric.
     
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    Are you saying that a phone with US bands will have issues if you use it internationally...? I thought most all phones today were multi band and could be used pretty much everywhere...?
     
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    Depends on where you go, and sadly there's still plenty of fragmentation in terms of wireless spectrum because different companies (and their parent companies and partners) decide how the infrastructure build-up is going to take place, and after you have significant investment in one technology (such as Verizon with CDMA) moving away from that is particularly costly.

    With that said, you should have little problem if you go with a "Google" version of an HTC One. It's an unlocked GSM device, so it should run well on T-Mobile/AT&T in the US, as well as any GSM network overseas.


    If you want to make sure, however, just look at the frequencies supported by the phone and compare them with whatever your carrier of choice is using now. The HTC One in particular is using these:

    HSPA/WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz
    GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz (US)

    It does however lack HSPA support on AWS, so you'll be missing out on some 4G HSPA coverage if you use a T-Mobile SIM.
     
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    Thanks !!! Great info.... :cool:
     
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    Depends on what level of service you're looking for.

    3g, most phones will work anywhere these days. LTE, is the issue. The google s4 has 6 bands of LTE where as the HTC One has 2.

    It really comes to what you need in a single phone.
     
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