It's official! HTC One is coming to Verizon
Verizon version of the HTC One was real. The word was that Big Red was waiting for some more time to pass since last November's launch of the HTC DROID DNA. But with 5 million units of the HTC One sold, Verizon brass might have wanted to strike while the iron is hot.
This can only help HTC's effort to turn things around. The Taiwan based manufacturer is adding a large screened version of the HTC One code named the HTC T6 which is rumored to be the first Android phone to be powered by Android 5.0 or Key Lime Pie. In addition, a smaller version of the HTC One, code named the HTC M4, is also expected out in the middle of next-month.
source: Verizon via BGR
1. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Well, I stand corrected on this one! I thought for sure Verizon was going to stick to their guns and claim the DNA as their One for the year, and then just replace it with a One-style DNA 2 in the fall. I guess they finally woke up and realized that HTC's One brand has more cachet than their own Droid brand.
7. metalpoet (unregistered)
thats the ptroblem its pretty much going to be pitched as a DNA 2 but it has a smaller screen. that puzzles me. And it says its going to be released later this summer, i have a feeling that this hot phone is going to lose its momentum by the time verizon gets it. Nothing really wrong with the phone and all but phones can only be the latest and greatest for so long before its fire is put out by iPhone rumors or Samsung rumors.
10. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Well, HTC needs this available at Verizon sooner than later then. It's less about replacing the DNA (which I gather hasn't exactly lit up sales charts and has been on and off sale already) and more about having another flagship they can charge $200 for. And on the offchance someone comes looking for the One and can't find it, this prevents that sale from going to AT&T or Sprint.
There's always going to be a new new flagship out there. After this, the Motorola X will steal headlines. And then the LG G2. But that's no reason not to offer a superphone from every manufacturer.
13. terabyteRouser (Posts: 396; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
im doubtful of the number of headlines the motorola x will steal. motorola hasn't made a competitive flagship phone in years.
19. metalpoet (unregistered)
yeah the last moto phone i actually wanted was the DROID RAZR. those razr hd and maxx hds werent all that impressive to me(excluding the decent battery life)
18. metalpoet (unregistered)
thats true. I am all about all carriers having all phones and when i explained this to my verizon rep and my boss, they explained to me the politics(aka bulls**t) behind it. Verizon is the worst at it, they either never carry the phone, severely handicap the phone with bloatware and delayed updates, or carry the phone pretty much last. I havent heard of any American LG smartphones coming out to steal attention right now(no i dont count a white version of a 6 month old phone). And hopefully motorola pulls out something worth buying.
29. BattleBrat (Posts: 883; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
That's why I like the iPhone on Verizon, it's the only phone they couldn't screw up.......
35. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Right, so Apple crippled the phone all by itself. First LTE phone that doesn't allow simultaneous voice and data. Now that's innovation!
33. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5145; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
+n on the One needing to be available on VZW sooner rather than later. Why not right now?
28. azrael162 (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Jun 2011)
this is more than likely going to be viewed as a successor to the Incredible phones, as it follows their yearly launch cycle much more closely. The original Incredible launched 4/29/2010, the Incredible 2 launched 4/28/2011, and the Incredible 4G LTE launched 7/5/2012. I anticipate that the follow up to the DNA won't be launched until fall or winter.
37. KParks23 (Posts: 395; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)
When exactly is later this summer its already 2 months old now what a Fn rip! I really wanted this phone but seriously at this point they can keep it with snapdragon 800 coming out soon
2. dcgore (Posts: 198; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)
Where will Verizon slap their logo on this one?? Watermark on the screen? hahaha
14. terabyteRouser (Posts: 396; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
the verizon logos are never as bad as people clamor about them
22. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The logo on the Note 2 home button is pretty egregious. When it comes to exclusives like the DNA and Lumia 928, it makes more sense to carrier-brand the face. The one on my phone never really bothered me. (The Verizon Apps tab, on the other hand, had to die.)
31. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2839; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
At least with AT&T they now usually just put a very small AT&T logo on the back, which I wouldn't mind at all if Verizon did the same with just their "Check marker" logo but does a phone need a HUGE LOGO on the front and back? No.
32. Shatter (Posts: 1744; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Too bad the HTC One's back isn't removeable then you could removable the beats and att branding. All the horrible companies work together to screw consumers over, im surprised EA isn't branding phones with "exclusive content."
34. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5145; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Oh please! Worst case, you can get some metallic touch-up paint and paint over the logo.
42. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1440; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
I don't even notice it on my Note II anymore
3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5457; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
So what are they going too do with the DNA? And I'll try too wait for the T6 or any 5.0 Android powered phone. Here we come IFA.
4. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 923; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
Why is it that Verizon is supposed to be the best network when they're the last to receive the hottest phones??
6. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
My theory is that they want to let the other carriers work out the obvious bugs first, so that those calls don't count against their own complaint metrics. That way they can claim to have the best network and the lowest number of product complaints.
12. dcgore (Posts: 198; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)
Unfortunately, i think it goes beyond that. Verizon adds a lot of bloatware and their crazy obstructive branding on the devices. This "process" takes time.
9. metalpoet (unregistered)
because their the best and they know and they really dont care about the customer. if people want service EVERYWHERE in the country, they go with verizon.
38. 14545 (Posts: 975; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Everywhere except a 5h!tton of places. I hate this misnomer. They are the greatest everywhere except where you need them. I live 20 mins outside of charlotte and I find areas every day where service is lacking. Can't use my phone at work, can't use it at the university, can't use it at home. Hmmmmmm, sounds like they have awesome service if you ask me.
40. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
*Your mileage may vary. I'm sorry Verizon isn't the best in your area. I come across a persistent dead zone on my commute through S Michigan too. But on the whole the level of service outside major metro areas (w/ 3G and 4G) is much better than the competition.
30. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5457; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Being best doesn't mean they are the #1 network. Look at att have GS IV HTC ONE NOW THE G PRO. Next is the MOTO X phone.
5. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)
Been waiting patiently for this. I started thinking that I should wait for the T6 but I won't be able to wait. Definitely pre ordering
8. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
"the first Android phone to be powered by Android 5.0 or Key Lime Pie"? Any chance this'll be the Nexus 5? (since LG isn't working on one?)
16. Whateverman (Posts: 3150; Member since: 17 May 2009)
"Verizon brass might have wanted to strike while the iron is hot."
Seems like they waited until the iron was luke warm to me. But i'm sure the One will sell well.
17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i figured it would be announced soon.
well i'm probably gonna try to get something soon and it'll be this unless Motorola can show me something sooner.
24. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
It'll be a 3 way race between the beauty and sound quality of the One, the build and camera of the Lumia, and the all-around solidity and promise of decent updates from Motorola for me.
25. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah, the 928 is another solid option isn't it? you just reminded me that i still have to go check that thing out.
39. dmckay12 (Posts: 242; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Am I the only only one who automatically thinks of a front engines V8 coupe from the 1980's?
41. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
With reverse pop-up headlights? Owned by yuppie doctors and lawyers?
Nah, it's just you. :)
26. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I would need an additional promise of support from HTC, or at least testimonials that they've significantly improved their software updates. It took HTC and Verizon a whopping 8 months to bring ICS to the "ICS-ready" Rezound, and 14 months for the once-flagship Thunderbolt. It's less of a concern since the One is HTC's 2013 flagship, but it's still a sticking point for me gambling on another of their phones.
20. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)
You can count on a late June release with the specific date being announced a couple
of days before availability.
23. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
Very nice. Hope this further helps sales numbers.
27. N.Reynolds (Posts: 252; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)
I will purchase this. I have said it multiple times. If this came to Verizon it would be my next phone. Very excited.
36. mikewillz (Posts: 32; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Must be a droid incredible. They did this last year with the Rezound and Droid Incredible 4g.