HTC One landing Down Under on 23 April

Pre-orders for HTC's new One smartphone

HTC has today announced all major Australian telcos — Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile — will begin taking pre-orders for HTC's new One Android smartphone from tomorrow, with the device set to be available in stores from Tuesday 23 April.

HTC One preview
Hands on with the HTC One

The flagship HTC One smartphone was unveiled back in February at multiple events in New York and London, but the launch has been delayed by component supply issues.

The One debuts a new camera technology called 'UltraPixel' and comes with a revamped, tile-based home screen dubbed 'BlinkFeed'.

All four telcos will open pre-orders for the HTC One on Friday 5 April and have set an in-store release date of Tuesday 23 April. The handset will be sold on a variety of post-plan plans, but each telco is pushing a "hero" offer.

Telstra will sell the HTC One on its $60 plan with a $10 handset repayment per month (for a total of $70 per month over 24 months). The plan includes $600 worth of calls and MMS messages, unlimited SMS messages and 1GB of data per month. The HTC One can also be purchased outright through Telstra stores for $768.

Telstra customers who order the HTC One online before Tuesday 23 April will receive a free pair of Beats by Dre Solo headphones valued at $199. Telstra is also the only telco in Australia to sell the black variant of the HTC One.

Optus will sell the HTC One for $3 per month on its $60 plan over 24 months ($63 per month). The plan includes $650 worth of calls and MMS messages, unlimited SMS messages and 1.5GB of data per month.

The Optus $60 plan for the HTC One.
The Optus $60 plan for the HTC One.

Vodafone will sell the HTC One on a total of six post-paid contract plans over 24 months, but the hero offer appears to be $3 per month on the company's $60 plan ($63 per month).

The $60 Plan includes $700 worth of standard and international calls & MMS messages, unlimited SMS messages and 1.5GB of data per month.

Like Telstra, Vodafone will also include a free pair of Beats by Dre Solo headphones valued at $199 for online customers who order the HTC One before Monday 22 April.

The HTC One as advertised on the Vodafone website.
The HTC One as advertised on the Vodafone website.

Monthly handset repayments are only avoided on Vodafone's $80 and $100 plans, with the $30, $40 and $50 plans all requiring varying repayments.

Vodafone's pricing plans for the HTC One.
Vodafone's pricing plans for the HTC One.

Virgin Mobile will also sell the HTC One on various post-paid plans, but the hero offer appears to be $3 per month on the 'Big Plan' $59 over 24 months ($62 per month).

The plan includes $700 worth of calls and MMS messages, unlimited MMS messages and 3GB data per months.

Are you interested in the HTC One? Is the pricing from the big four telcos competitive enough for you to consider buying one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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