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HTC One Unlocked Edition Questions
I'm sorry if I sound ignorant but I have been an iphone owner for a long time. I have been watching Android phones for awhile and have been wanting to try it out. I'm tired of a small screen, not being able to choose which app will be used by default (e.g.; click on an address in a web browser and it will only open in Apple maps with no option to open in Google maps), and IOS 7 looks terrible in my opinion.
After much research, I have decided that HTC One is the phone that I think I might really like. I'm not up for an upgrade and didn't want to throw down $600 so I checked ebay and was able to purchase an HTC One in mint condition (based on pictures and description) at $420. It should arrive tomorrow. I figure that at that price, if I love the HTC One, I can sell my iPhone 5 for at least that much and if I don't like it more than my iPhone, I can sell it for at least as much as I paid for it.
The ebay listing posted it as an AT&T version of the HTC One. This morning, I was drooling over the pictures again and noticed that the box and the back of the HTC One in the pictures do not have AT&T logos. The posting also included the UPC code off the box, which I could also see in one of the pictures. I googled the UPC code and it turns out that this is not the AT&T carrier edition but the unlocked US edition that sells for $599 on HTC's website. This was a pleasant surprise.
Other than being unlocked to use with any sim card from any carrier, are there any other advantages? Will there be zero bloatware? Also, since updates do not have to go through the carrier for it, should it in theory receive updates more quickly?