Verizon and T-Mobile had earlier confirmed that they’ll carry the recently-launched HTC 10 on their respective networks and now Sprint has become the latest US carrier to join that list. According to a press release from Sprint earlier today, HTC’s latest premium smartphone will be available for purchase on the carrier's website as well as at all its retail stores across the nation from the 13th of next month for $0 down and $26 per month on a two-year plan for qualified customers. Sprint has also announced a toll-free 1-800 number where subscribers will be able to book their HTC 10. Verizon and T-Mobile had earlier separately confirmed that they will carry the device on their respective networks, but AT&T will reportedly give the HTC 10 a miss.
However, the unlocked, SIM-free version of the handset that’s currently up for sale on HTC’s website is compatible with both AT&T and T-Mobile, so AT&T subscribers wanting to get their hands on the device need not despair. That particular version of the HTC 10 comes with a price-tag of $699 but the company is offering a flat $100 discount with the promo code ‘HTC1008’, which should bring the smartphone’s price down to a more manageable $599, which many believe may very well be the sort of price that will allow the device to compete on even terms with fancied competitors like the Galaxy S7 and the LG G5, both of which are already available for purchase globally.
Even as Sprint announces the availability of the HTC 10 on its network, the company says that its LTE Plus network is now available in 190 markets across the US. The carrier also claims that according to the Nielsen Mobile Performance Data, its LTE network has been proven to be the fastest in the country among the four major carriers, outperforming Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile by delivering faster download speeds, with peak speeds reaching a whopping 100 Mbps “on capable devices”. The carrier also says that its tri-band spectrum portfolio helps it implement carrier aggregation as part of its LTE Plus network, thereby enabling it to offer a faster and more reliable network using the 1.9 GHz, 800 MHz and 2.5 GHz frequencies.