Ready to order? AT&T could take yours for the HTC One this week

And you thought there would be just one?

After camera production delays slowed its roll, the HTC One finally launched last week in a smattering of regions. Now, it looks as though U.S. customers, promised a "before the end of April" release, might be able to punch their One train tickets as soon as this week.

Thanks to an anonymous tipster, Engadget received word that AT&T will open pre-orders for the handset in the coming days. However, the exact date is a little fuzzy. It sounds like "retail channel" pre-ordering will be ready to go on April 5, though online pre-ordering could start April 4.

Aside from the uncertainty over timing, we are getting our first sharp look at the price. According to an internal AT&T system photo, the 32GB One, available both in black and silver flavors, will cost $249.99 on contract.

The 64GB version, pegged as an AT&T exclusive, will go for $299.99, though it may take a little larger to get those extra-gigabytes to market.

Did you say a 64GB exclusive?

Why, yes. Good catch.

Late last week, AT&T posted a promo video in which it stated that the 64GB variant of the HTC One will come as a network exclusive. You can check out the video in its entirety below, but pay extra close attention around the 0:28 mark:

An AT&T spokeswoman reminded us today that the 64GB variant was announced back in February, though a press release from the time didn't make it clear that the 64GB version was a carrier exclusive.

And the others

While Verizon continues to play the silent game when it comes to the One, two other carriers are on board with the supremely well-designed device.

The reinvented T-Mobile will offer the 32GB version of the phone for $99 upfront "later this spring." The price reflects T-Mo's new Un-carrier commitment, though customers must still make monthly payments to actually use the handset.

Sprint, which hasn't engaged in much One chatter, may also chart a singular course.

Some RadioShack marketing materials sent to Phandroid suggest that the handset will cost $199.99 with a Sprint contract. The chain is also throwing in a $10 coupon and a $50 Google Play credit, just because.

This may or may not be the pricing Sprint goes for with its own customers, but if it is then it's markedly cheaper than AT&T's offer. Of course, we can't say for sure until we hear final word from Sprint.

Interestingly, if the One's pricing on AT&T is accurate, it places it in direct competition with the $249.99 Galaxy S4 the carrier will start taking pre-orders for on April 16. Ma Bell hasn't specified which version of the S4 (16GB, 32GB or 64GB) will be tagged with that price, but perhaps we'll see a little number war break out between HTC and Sammy?

Michelle Fitzsimmons

Michelle was previously a news editor at TechRadar, leading consumer tech news and reviews. Michelle is now a Content Strategist at Facebook.  A versatile, highly effective content writer and skilled editor with a keen eye for detail, Michelle is a collaborative problem solver and covered everything from smartwatches and microprocessors to VR and self-driving cars.