HTC One SV LTE hits EE 4G

When the HTC One SV launched in December, it was pitched as a potential affordable offering on 4G networks. However, the reality is slightly different.

The phone is now available on EE's 4G network in the UK, but the budget concept doesn't seem to have carried through. The phone is a mid-range smartphone all day long, offering a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, a last-generation Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 8GB of storage. So the price should be on a par with that spec.

The reality is that the LTE chip has pushed up the price considerably, with the cheapest tariff being £36 per month over 24 months - which allows just 500MB of data each month for a total outlay of £864. Wow. If you want more data, 3GB pushes things to £46 per month (a total of £1,104 over 24 months). Even more wow.

The phone itself is available SIM-free for £350, so you can get a separate 4G SIM deal and save a bit of cash that way. Or alternatively, check out some of the other (and better) 4G phones on EE right now.

Hopefully, the advent of competition should push down prices when it comes to 4G, but we're not holding our breath. Sadly, 4G is seen as a premium product, so even an average phone can set you back a hefty sum each month - and will do for some time yet.

Source: Cnet

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