HTC One SV LTE hits EE, costs a fortune

HTC One SV LTE hits EE, costs a fortuneWe first met the HTC One SV (God, I hate smartphone names) back in December. As the moniker kinda suggests, it’s sort of somewhat of an HTC One S/HTC One V hybrid.

EE has made possibly one or two dreams come true – by welcoming the HTC One SV to its not-exactly-burgeoning 4G fold, but it’ll set you back a fair few shillings.

Looking at the EE Shop, the “best value” plan delivers astoundingly little in the way of value.

The HTC One SV is free, with the usual bundle of unlimited minutes and texts (standard on all 4GEE plans), and we’re told to pick a modest 500MB of data (this is on 4G, remember) if we’re looking for value.

That’ll set you back a whopping £36PM on a 24-month plan, which equates to an incredible £864 over the two years.

Alternatively, you can crank the monthly data to 1GB (£41PM = £984), 3GB (£46PM = £1,104), 5GB (£51PM = £1,224) or 8GB (£56PM = £1,344).

Or, if you’re inexplicably desperate for 4G, you could do the sensible thing and pay £29.99/£49.99 (depending on the contract) up front for the Samsung Galaxy S III LTE.

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AhmadCentral  Jan. 16, 2013 at 18:13

Ok so a low spec phone like this can get 4G yet it still costs the same as a much higher spec phone.... ridiculous

mightyforest  Jan. 16, 2013 at 18:15

they're contract prices are ridiculous, when i checked out the lumia 920 in the shop i laughed at the guy when he told me the cheapest tariff and what i got with it

Pondlife  Jan. 16, 2013 at 18:23

EE seem to have followed the US phone market pricing, narrowing the gaps between devices hugely.

Mind you depends what the sim free price for this odd phone will be, hard to see it as within £50 of s3 or even £180 of i5

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 16, 2013 at 18:33

Was in EE store the other day, and they no longer do high end phone as PAYG.
You need to find Orange shop for that.

AhmadCentral  Jan. 16, 2013 at 18:59

But orange shops have been rebranded as EE shops???

And yeh, I hate this pricing structure of one price for all with the exception of £30 upfront.

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 16, 2013 at 21:45

Not sure, orange stores that were re branded seem to carry all phones on PAYG.

glancy  Jan. 17, 2013 at 10:48

Arent they just taking advantage until the rest of the networks get 4g capability?

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 18, 2013 at 11:04

Arent they just taking advantage until the rest of the networks get 4g capability?
I think that's pretty obvious...unless all the networks decide to charge EE prices so the consumer still loses out.

AhmadCentral  Jan. 18, 2013 at 13:06

unless all the networks decide to charge EE prices so the consumer still loses out.

This is what i'm worried about.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 18, 2013 at 13:27

unless all the networks decide to charge EE prices so the consumer still loses out.

This is what i'm worried about.

Likewise...and in the years it'd take for them to be prosecuted for running a cartel, the prices would have fallen naturally anyway...I honestly think LTE will be the reserve of those with a stupid amount of money to burn for a long time yet.

Pondlife  Jan. 18, 2013 at 16:04

So Lewis'll be ok ;)

I think 3/4 will stick to their style of pricing, wouldn't be surprised if vodafone and o2 go for the ee approach, which is even worse when you think that they haven't had to pay auction fees for 4g space yet.

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