TAIWANESE PHONE MAKER HTC's flagship One smartphone is now available to preorder on Vodafone and joins the mobile operator's lineup of 4G smartphones.
Available now at the Vodafone website in both black and silver, the HTC One can be picked up for free on a 24 month £44 tariff. This is the network's Red Data Plan that offers buyers unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 2GB of monthly data.
There are also cheaper £37, £33 and £29 contracts available, although these come with upfront costs of £39, £129 and £179, respectively. The HTC One isn't available at Vodafone on pay as you go yet.
This isn't quite as cheap as Three's HTC One pricing, as that mobile operator is offering the phone for £69 on a £34 contract complete with unlimited monthly data. However, Three hasn't mentioned whether the HTC One will work on its LTE network when it launches later this year, while Vodafone has been quick to point out that its 4G network will support the HTC One.
HTC announced the HTC One just days ahead of this year's Mobile World Congress, and the firm has been quick to claim that it's the best smartphone in the world.
That's thanks to its specifications, which include a 4.7in screen, a quad-core 1.7GHz processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC's updated Sense 5.0 user interface that includes the firm's Flipbox rival named Flipboard.
HTC has also been keen to talk up the camera on the HTC One, which it touts as one of the best smartphone cameras available despite its 4MP sensor.
To test this, we put the HTC One up against the iPhone 5 on video. µ