Verizon has finally unleashed HTC’s latest monster-sized phone, the 5.9-inch HTC One Max, onto their blazing LTE network. That size comes with a price, however, and it’s a doozy. Big Red is asking for a whopping $299, along with a two-year contract, in order to snag one of these puppies.
It’s not the first time that Verizon has asked for so much money. In addition to higher end iPhones, the going rate for premium smartphones on Verizon has usually been around the $300 mark. As of now, only the 32GB iPhone 5s and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 command the same sort of pricing (with the 64GB iPhone 5s wanting another $100).
Sprint currently has the HTC One Max priced at $149.99 with a two-year contract – but considering that the network recently came in last place in a Consumer Reports study, that discount might not be worthwhile.
If you’re willing to wait a smidge longer, Amazon is also selling the Verizon flavor of the HTC One Max for just $149.99 on a two-year contract, though the phones are currently backordered.
Other options from Verizon include a one-time fee of $599.99 on month-to-month contracts, or $25.22 a month for 24 months ($605.28) on the company’s Verizon Edge program.
The HTC One Max comes with a 1920×1080 resolution, 5.9-inch, IPS display. It packs in a fingerprint sensor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage space, a 4MP UltraPixel camera, HTC’s extremely loud BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers, micro-SD card slot, and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU running at 1.7GHz.
The phone ships with Android Jelly Bean, but should receive a fairly quick upgrade to the recently announced Android KitKat OS.