Call them impatient or whatever you want but the folks who pre-ordered the unlocked or Developer Edition models of the HTC One aren’t happy campers today. As tech enthusiasts, we pay a lot of money to satisfy the geek in us, and yes we tend to be impatient sometimes but can you blame us?
HTC announced that they’ll carry unbranded, unlocked models of the HTC One back in April 5 with prices ranging between $579.99 and $649.99 for the unlocked and Dev versions respectively. The release date was set for April 19, a date that every one who reserved the device, expected to get their hands on it. Unfortunately, it is not happening. LetsTalk, a third party authorized mobile online store handling the pre-orders, is telling customers that their phones will not ship on launch day.
I am not trying to bash HTC or anything. But I find it disappointing to see how these pre-orders are being handled, especially for a flagship Android handset that is intended to compete with the Galaxy S4. With consumer versions already in the hands of users, it is somewhat unfair that those of us who do not want carrier branding have to wait–maybe until April 26. The whole carrier monopoly thing has to change here in the US.
Have you ordered the HTC One directly from HTC? Did your status change?
Update: HTC sent the following email
We have an important update about your order. Due to shipping issues with the 32G unlocked and 64G Developers Editions of the New HTC One®, there will be a slight delay in shipping your HTC One® to you. We expect to have your phone delivered to you, via overnight shipping, before the end of April. We’ll do everything we can to get it shipped to you as soon as possible.
We understand the excitement and anticipation that comes with a new phone, and we are confident that the HTC One® will exceed that anticipation.
Thanks for the support,