This is a handset which has received a fair amount of criticism because it doesn’t look hugely different to the previous One M8. Almost a year ago Scott Croyle, chief of design, left HTC and now Industrial Design Lead, Jonah Becker, has left.
However, I know plenty of people who still have the HTC One M7 because, simply, it’s a rock-solid and well-designed handset. HTC produced an excellent handset there, so why change the design radically?
giffgaff have today announced that they’ll be selling the HTC One M9 tonight from 10.30PM. Also, it’ll be £10.98 less than leading competitors.
If you want, you can buy the device out-right and SIM-free tonight for £569 and the phone will be despatched on Tuesday, which is the official launch date.
Now £569 is cheaper than others but it’s still quite a lot of money you can spread payments between six and 24 months through the giffgaff RateSetter peer-to-peer financing system. You decided how much you pay for the phone up front, and then how long you’d like to pay the rest off for.
As usual, you can then add on whatever plan you want for airtime. We covered the giffgaff goodybags last week.
Click on for further details and specs.
HTC One M9 best price on market through giffgaff
giffgaff selling HTC One M9 for £10.98 less than leading competitors
New HTC One M9
giffgaff, the UK’s multi-award-winning ‘contract-free’ mobile network will be selling the HTC One M9 from 10.30pm tonight at a price point that is £10.98 lower than its main competitors.*
The HTC One M9 is the newest flagship phone in the globally acclaimed HTC One family, and will be available for purchase from 10.30pm on Sunday 29th March, SIM-free for £569. The phones will be dispatched on 31stMarch 2015 – the official launch date.
For those HTC fans who can’t afford the new phone outright, giffgaff offers peer-to-peer financing through RateSetter** enabling members to select how much they pay for the phone up front, and the period of time they would like to pay back the loan – starting at six, up to 24 months.
As giffgaff is a contract-free mobile network, the new phone will come unlocked and ready to plug and play with a giffgaff PAYG SIM, benefitting from 3G and 4G ‘goodybags’, ranging from £5 up to £18.
Mike Fairman, giffgaff CEO comments:
“This is another fantastic addition to our ever-growing collection of phones available to giffgaff members. Without being tied in to a contract, members can enjoy all the features the highly sought-after HTC One M9 has to offer by using one of our great value goodybags.”
Making ‘No-Contract’ Accessible
In true giffgaff style (giffgaff means mutual giving), phones can be purchased using peer-to-peer (P2P) financing, via RateSetter. This involves one person lending to another without a bank getting in the way.
By working with RateSetter, giffgaff helps to match people with some spare cash with people who want to buy a phone, and pay for it over a period of time.
Members are able to select how much they pay up front, and how long they would like to have to pay back the loan – starting at six to 24 months.
giffgaff currently stocks a variety of mobile phones for purchase, including HTC, Samsung, Sony, Nokia, Motorola, LG and Apple.
*At 10.30pm on Sunday 29th March 2015
**Check out how giffgaff and RateSetter work together here
***Check out giffgaff’s goodybags T&Cs here
Mobile Phone Specifications
HTC One M9
Size: 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm
Display: 5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p
Talk time: Up to 25.4 hours for 2G / 21.7 hours for 3G
Standby time: Up to 391 hours for 2G / 402 hours for
Processor: Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 810 octa-core CPU
4 x 2GHz + 4 x 1.5GHz
Internal memory: 32GB, available capacity varies1
Expandable: microSDTM expansion supports additional memory
cards up to 128GB (optional cards not included)
Platform: Android 5.0 (Lollipop) with HTC SenseTM
SIM: Nano SIM
Network: 2G/2.5G – GSM / GPRS / EDGE, 3G UMTS, 4G LTE
Connectivity: Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
DLNA for wirelessly streaming media from the phone
to a compatible TV or computer
HDMI MHL 3.0
Micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port
3.5mm stereo audio jack
Bluetooth®: 4.1 with aptX®
USB: micro – USB 2.0 (5-pin) port
Primary camera: 20MP with sapphire cover lens
Auto-focus, BSI sensor
f/2.2, 27.8mm lens, 4K video recording
Secondary camera: HTC UltraPixelTM
f/2.0, 26.8mm lens, 1080p video recording
Sensors: Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Compass Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Magnetic Sensor, Sensor Hub
Location: Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS
Sound: HTC BoomSoundTM with Dolby AudioTM3
AC Adapter: Voltage range / frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60Hz
DC output: 5V and 1.5A
Additional features: Dual-tone metal unibody, Themes, HTC Sense Home, One Gallery, Photo Editor