HTC offering ridiculously low-priced HTC One M9 to retail carrier reps

HTC offering ridiculously low-priced HTC One M9 to retail carrier reps
There is nothing more convincing to some new phone shoppers deciding which model to buy, than seeing which device is in the sales rep's own pocket. Thus HTC has devised a plan that will entice retail carrier salespeople to have an HTC One M9 in their pocket now, and the latest model in their hands each year. The program, called HTC Champions, calls for retail carrier sales reps to sign up and then pay $299 off-contract for the brand spanking new HTC One M9.

Wait. There's more. Those eligible to sign up for the Champions program also become eligible to sign up to HTC's One 4 Life. This is exactly what it sounds like. Every year, HTC will replace the sales rep's HTC One handset with the latest and greatest model at absolutely no cost to the rep.

It's a brilliant grassroots movement by HTC. Believe it or not, there are some people in the world who don't research their next new phone purchase and couldn't tell you the difference between a Snapdragon chipset and a Snapple iced tea. These are the customers that HTC is trying to snag with this program. The potential phone buyer walks into the store, gets overwhelmed by all of the choices he has, and inevitably asks the rep which phone he/she recommends. HTC is hoping that the salesperson then pulls out a shiny HTC One M9 and closes the transaction.

If you are a retail salesperson for a U.S. carrier, head to the sourcelink to sign up for the Champions program. Better hurry though, as HTC says supplies are limited.

source: HTC via +PatrickHill, XDA

Related phones

One M9
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh(21.7h 3G talk time)



1. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Snapple ice tea? LOL I guess you mean sn-apple ice tea!!

4. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Snapple is the brand name of a company that sells flavoured drinks

18. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

People, just love making a fool of themselves.

32. Scorpion67 unregistered

What an idiot.

35. Ricky888

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

You are drunk, Go home and use your Chinese Communist crap.

2. j_scorp

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

I'm signing up now

3. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

If I was rep I would self off M9 and buy lets say...any other with a better camera and screen.

5. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Good under the rug move, HTC... That's all you do anyways... Under the rug type sh*t that sometimes is really good like that replacement of a phone for like free for a year or some sh*t but no one ever knows about it. Why can't you make a simple 3d rendered add with like a narrator and talk about things the device has that others don't...? Like... WHY?

6. maherk

Posts: 6966; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

So HTC knows that they have a tiny chance to grab the attention of the buyer with their 3 yeara old design, average screen, and crappy camera?? And instead of doing what the likes of Apple, Samsung, Lg, Sony, and even chinese manufacturers are doing, which is cut the laziness and offer a flagship phone that meets the expectations, they would rather buy the salesmen with a low priced m9 and make them deceive the buyers into buying a slightly refreshed 1 year old flagship phone?

19. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

It is not desperation. Many manufacturers do the same thing. Sony and Microsoft did the same thing with the Xbox one/ps4. They gave each Gamestop manager a free one of each. Samsung even pays the employees to recommend and sell galaxy phones. These sales reps, even though most of them know practically nothing, have a lot of influence on what regular consumers buy. Making them like your products with a deal like this will make them want to recommend the product, thus selling it.

33. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I see it every day, once i had to tell the rep to quite talking about samsung every chance he had because i was an acting customer wanting an LG or HTC during 'silent shop'. It was so annoying and you can simply tell they were being pushed for that device(s).

7. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I used to love HTC, now I'm just disappointed in them.

9. QWERTYslider unregistered

Agreed. Me too. When HTC gave up their identity (QWERTY slider, removable battery) to become a clone of junk (Apple), they sealed their fate of failure and lost my business forever.

11. bendgate unregistered

Agreed. When they had great flagships past 2 years, they chose to put 4 MP Ultrafail sensors. And now finally put bigger sensor but made disappointing flagship. Even the bigger sensor doesn't take good photos like competitors.

8. QWERTYslider unregistered

$299 without contract is FAIR and what we all should be paying. The current prices are RIDICULOUS. There is a reason the thieves at Apple made them the richest company in the world right now. $650 for a phone is a crime.

12. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

then don't buy a phone for $650. If you want price fixing, move to a country which abhors the free market system. Otherwise, companies can charge whatever price they want, that the consumer is willing to pay.

14. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Well, not all consumers are 2 phones I cannot convince myself to pay high prices for them. Nexus 6 at $700 nor HTC M9 at $650 not to mention Sammy's S6 at those ridiculous prices now...they are just not worth it. Why wouldn't HTC make it $299 for everyone? I have your attention now?

15. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

240 seconds to edit..freak that. Well, not all consumers are intelligent. 2 phones I cannot convince myself to pay high prices for them. Nexus 6 at $700 nor HTC M9 at $650 not to mention Sammy's S6 at those ridiculous prices now...they are just not worth it. Why wouldn't HTC make it $299 for everyone? I have your attention now?..Prices are just way inflated.

26. TerryTerius unregistered

Instead of asking why companies charge so much, why not wonder about the reason behind your wages not being higher? Sounds like a more fruitful pursuit. At least it's a more relevant question. Companies exist to make a profit, usually as much as possible. True, some exist for a greater purpose than money (Tesla or SpaceX for example) but most exist to fill a need and make money by doing so. In a perfect world that wouldn't be true, but it isn't the one we live in. If you can't afford a flagship phone, get a mid-ranger. Can't afford that, get an entry level phone. But just as you wouldn't walk into a Benz dealership and demand an S-Class for CLA money, or walk into Macy's and demand a Tag Heur for Timex prices... Why would you expect HTC or any other company to lower prices on their most expensive product, the one that fills their coffers? Especially since at around $300 they'd lose money on every single phone they sold. Shop in the price range you're comfortable with, don't concern yourself with non-necessities you can't afford. Or, save up and get it later.

23. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Why would HTC make it $299 for everyone, when people are willing to pay $650? If people are buying the phones in droves, that means the price is not inflated.

24. jellmoo

Posts: 2632; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Generally speaking, selling something at a loss is a terrible way to make money.

22. seven7dust unregistered

So what about the galaxy note or s6 edge ? Samsung is actually more expensive.

30. Rydsmith unregistered

Yeah, it's not like these costs millions upon millions in R&D, wages, shipment, etc... to go from planning to sold product or anything.

10. q857261935

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 26, 2013


34. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

my job hires 80 per month

13. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

If i get a phone with this kind of price i would not miss it you'll don't find a better phone with this price and yes most of the people don't know the difference between a snapdragon... Hell all they know is that how many cores a CPU have.

16. Toneknows

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

I got this deal. You have to give up the uh oh protection for the one for life deal. Phone is a great deal at $299 and a brand new one every year. I couldn't pass it up

17. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

I love working for ATT. I bought one at the HTC launch event for 299.99 and then i ordered another from the HTC Champions Website for 299.99 :)

20. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Wait, what? I'm going to beat my supervisor.

21. Titania

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 20, 2013

If there is any beating, beat your HTC Rep(please dont beat, have a nice conversation instead). Your supervisor probably has no idea this is going on.

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