Good news for Canadian consumers who have been eagerly waiting for the much-delayed HTC One smartphone to hit the shelves: the device is finally up for pre-order on carrier TELUS and will be released on April 19.
The HTC One has already launched in the UK, Germany and Taiwan. Even the U.S. is not too far behind, as carriers AT&T and Sprint have also started accepting pre-orders for the smartphone.
Earlier in April, TELUS took to its Twitter account to announce that the HTC One would be released on Friday, April 19.
"Great news for all the #HTCOne lovers - your favourite device will be in store April 19. Pre order details to come," tweeted TELUS on April 3.
Now, per reports, TELUS has started taking pre-orders for the HTC One. The flagship smartphone from HTC will set consumers back by $149.99 on a three-year contract (32GB variant), while buying the phone outright will cost $650.
TELUS will begin shipping the HTC One Thursday, April 18 if you order online, and will take two to three business days for delivery.
Recently, Canadian carrier Rogers also announced the availability of the HTC One and has priced the device similarly, at $149.99 on a three-year contract. Rogers will go head-to-head with TELUS as its release date is also April 19.
"The #HTCOne will be arriving at Rogers April 19. Reserve yours on the Rogers Reservation System or pre-order now," noted the tweet from Rogers.
However, Canadian carriers are slated to retail only the 32GB version of the HTC One, which could disappoint many fans who were eyeing the 64GB variant. On the bright side, the outright price of $650 is lower than expected and a $35 unlock fee would enable carrier portability.
Rogers and TELUS are already taking pre-orders and it is only a matter of time before Bell and Virgin announce the availability details as well.
With the HTC One gearing up to take on the Galaxy S4, it will be interesting to see which device generates more revenue for the carriers.