HTC One A9 comes to stores (just before the HTC-direct price goes up)

HTC launched the One A9 just a little under two weeks ago, and nearly just as soon as the smartphone went official, the manufacturer began accepting pre-orders from customers. That’s been the situation ever since, with the Marshmallow-running A9 going for just about $400, available unlocked directly from HTC. But today things start changing, and change can mean the arrival of both the good and the bad – that’s certainly the case here with the One A9. Over the course of today and tomorrow we’re seeing broader availability of the One A9 get underway, but at a very real cost.

The good news is that US carriers are starting to welcome the HTC One A9 into their stables, as both AT&T and Sprint get their own One A9 sales started, both online and in their stores.

What’s the catch? Well, remember how last week we learned all the details of the One A9’s promotional pricing? Starting tomorrow, that’s all over, and the price of the One A9 rises from $400 to $500.

Keep in mind, that’s just for sales right on HTC’s own website; if you head over to one of the carriers, you’ll see higher One A9 prices already in effect – AT&T lists the phone’s full retail price as $520, while Sprint bumps things up to a ridiculous just-under-$700.

That HTC-direct pre-order pricing is looking even better now, huh?

Source: HTC, Sprint, AT&T

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