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Tweet from HTC USA confirms no HTC One for Verizon

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Tweet from HTC USA confirms no HTC One for Verizon
HTC USA finally shot down the rumor that the HTC One was coming to Verizon, but had been delayed. A tweet from the U.S. arm of the Taiwan based manufacturer made it clear that the HTC One is not going to be available from the nation's largest carrier even though a previous report said that Verizon would be releasing the new HTC flagship without any changes. Instead, HTC USA responded to an inquiry about a possible HTC One launch for Big Red by pumping up the "awesome" HTC DROID DNA. The tweet contradicts a recently leaked Walmart document that said that the HTC One would be replacing the HTC DROID DNA on the retailer's shelves.

HTC USA says no HTC One for Verizon

HTC USA says no HTC One for Verizon

Even with the pretty straightforward tweet, there are still many unanswered questions. For example, even if Verizon doesn't offer the HTC One, will it offer a phone with the same specs as the HTC One, but with a different name? There has been talk about a sequel to the HTC DROID DNA called the HTC DLX Plus that would be every inch the same as the HTC One. At one time, the DROID DNA was code named the DLX, so a DLX Plus would make sense. Ok, but what about the tweet? Well, the tweet doesn't say that Verizon won't offer a phone with the same specs as the HTC One. It merely says that the carrier will not be offering a phone named the HTC One.

Why wouldn't Verizon want the HTC One? It might be due to the amount of money that Verizon has spent promoting the HTC DROID DNA and doesn't want that phone surpassed so quickly by a new HTC model. The HTC DROID DNA is no greybeard by any stretch of the imagination. Still, missing the opportunity to offer such as powerhouse as the HTC One would not make any sense for Verizon, which makes it more likely that the HTC One will be sold by Verizon, but under a different name. In the meantime, by the end of next month Verizon customers will be able to turn to the Samsung Galaxy S 4 for a top-shelf device with the latest specs.

source: HTCUSA via Phandroid

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posted on 17 Mar 2013, 14:44 6

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

HTC already confirmed they're bringing Sense 5 to the DNA. That being said, it will get the update in December knowing Verizon.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 14:44 5

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Verizon is going to be the only carrier that doesn't offer it. HTC One > DNA.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 15:26

10. wildcard (Posts: 65; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)

and ur correct PapaSmurf

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 15:01 3

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

the Dna is still Great phone for verizon customers and the one will be a flag ship for everyone, not jus verizon customers. Good move

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 19:04 2

30. belovedson (Posts: 988; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

its actually a stupid move by htc. they should have not released butterfly and instead waited before releasing the one.

there are so many bad things happening for htc i am starting to feel bad. they really needed to release a phone which all carriers provide.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 15:01

6. rbiowa (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)

If it's not coming to Verizon then HTC screwed up in it's $100+ promo on the ONE. It asks you to preregister and select your carrier. Verizon is listed.

I'd post the link, but phone arena says I have an insufficient number of posts to be allowed to post it. How ridiculous is that....

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 15:01 1

7. Feanor (Posts: 713; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

Aha? So much for the One being the only flagship for HTC this year. Maybe they meant it will be 'almost' the only flagship for this year depending on region, provider and availability. Maybe it has something to do with the rumoured production shortages. Perhaps HTC couldn't yield the minimum amount of handsets that Verizon would require to start the investment. In any case the HTC's plan for recovery doesn't seem to go precisely according to plan. :-/

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 15:02 5

8. jeroome86 (Posts: 1135; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

Lot of potential sales the One will miss out on. while the S4 will be available on all 4 carriers. The S4 will dominate the android market this year too. I believe the One will do better then One x though.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 15:55 3

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Is there any wonder why Sammy does so well? They release their phones on all 4 carriers in the U.S. There are no missteps in the roll-out. And, and, and.

Doing an upgrade to the DNA just confuses the brand identity of the One. HTC is pushing the One as its flagship phone for 2013. Now, they are starting to confuse the issue by saying the One won't be available on VZW. But there might be an upgraded DNA? But maybe not?

What a clusterf*ck!

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 16:18 6

15. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

This is Verizon's fault, they probably made a deal with HTC to have them make a flagship device for Verizon's holiday season, when in turn they miss out on HTC's flagship device that will be released a few months later.

It happened last year with the Rezound, which was replaced with the One X, and now the DNA which is being replaced with the One.

Also, the release of the One is HTC's largest global launch in their product history, I'm sure they won't miss Verizon too much. Availability isn't a problem for HTC anymore, it's marketing, which is a MAJOR reason why Samsung does so well.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 18:38 1

25. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Nope. The major reason is that they are just flat out better.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 20:07

31. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

... In your opinion.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 20:53 6

32. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

HTC, does in fact, make a great phone. However, it comes with a trade off. Owning an HTC product for nine consecutive years, I have experienced certain hardware issues that require removable SD slots and more importantly, removable battery to keep you in touch. So far, I haven't seen any changes from HTC to address these failures in order to remove crucial elements.

For this reason, I will not return to HTC unless they reinstate removable batteries and SD slots. I really don't care how beautiful the phone looks. It doesn't do me any good when it's a brick.

John B.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 21:38 1

36. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Trade offs come with choosing any manufacturer really, you just have to decide which ones you can live with. Anyways, I've only owned 3 HTC devices, 2 of which had removable battery and storage, and I have never had the need to remove either from them. Though, I only kept them for a few months each, even with my GS2 I have now I never needed to remove the battery or storage.

I do see the added use of removable storage and battery; like if your battery won't charge/won't hold a charge and needs to be replaced, or if you want to easily transfer data from your old device to your new one. That's really the extent of practical use I see from those features though, and I don't even use those.

I highly doubt HTC will ever bring back their removable batteries. Almost every manufacturer aside from Samsung and LG seem to have done away with them, and even LG is slowly moving away from them. I mainly don't like them for their inconvenience when you drop them; when I had my old Samsung sliders, whenever I dropped them the back popped off and the battery fell out, then I would have to scramble around picking them up.

HTC might bring back their SD card slots however. The Butterfly had one, so it's not like they've been extinct like removable batteries have been for HTC.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 22:44

38. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

heres where there are flaws as human beings people make mistakes over charge their batteries they swell and lose power then they need to replace them htc is notorious for this so its simple buy a new one or the person one the go who wants to just swap batteries. but if its sealed you have to replace the whole device ...whoa i have to rely now on a refurbished device and go through a transfer and syncing process? the thing apple gave you was itunes to back things up (not an apple fan by any means) but they used a system that kept things locked in and its a well known and used program htc needs a stronger fan base to acquire something like that

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 13:47

44. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Well, we might not totally disagree since superior features are easier to market. So both of our opinions might not be mutually exclusive.

Still, I would say that my hypothesis is superior since you have zero evidence that suggest that marketing is the major reason that Smausng is a success while I at least have some evidence like Samsung devices constantly getting better reviews and word of mouth compared to HTC products. When I ask GS3 owners why they purchased a GS3 they say it is because it is awesome or they are bored of IOS. I never hear because they market so well and I am an moron that likes cheap plastic.

No matter how much it hurts the HTC fans, they are the delusional ones that can't accept that maybe HTC deserves poor sales.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 14:12

45. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


When I ask GS3 users why they purchased the GS3, they say it's because of the screen and how fast it is, which I won't argue against. S-AMOLED HD is an amazing display and the Exynos 4412/S4 + 2 GB RAM makes the device very speedy. But, I have never heard a GS3 owner tell me about the features that weren't already in stock Android, aside from the toggles in the notification bar.

You have to ask though, what made them even notice the GS3 in the first place? The sales representative? The ad on the front page of the website? That's all marketing.

I won't deny Samsung deserves their sales, anyone who does is a moron. But to say HTC deserves poor sales is far from the truth. The only thing I felt was wrong with HTC was that Sense was too bloated and dragged the system down, but that's fixed with Sense 5.

What do you find wrong with the One? The button placement, lack of micro SD slot, non removable battery, relatively small battery, the over hyped Ultrapixels, the larger size due to the front speakers?

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 21:09 2

33. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Maybe you know something that others don't, but objectively, passing for whatever reason on ~26% of the U.S. cellphone market is NOT good marketing. Ask Nokia about the massive L920 sales their exclusive deal with AT&T has brought them.

A fail is a fail is a fail.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 21:55

37. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

This is Verizon's choice. They get a late in the year flagship from HTC for the holiday season, and then they miss out on the flagship that follows after the holidays into the new year. It happened with the Rezound and One X, and now with the DNA and the One.

At least this time around the main differences are the design and camera, otherwise the devices will be negligible from one another after the Sense 5 update. Unlike with the Rezound and One X which were worlds apart; S-LCD to S-LCD2, 4.3" display to 4.7", Snapdragon S3 to S4, major design differences, Sense 3 to Sense 4, etc.

Like I said before, the One is HTC's largest global launch in their history. How many carriers was the One X(L) on? Not very many, and that's what brought them down last year. Not only do they have three of the big four in the U.S (compared to only AT&T last year), but they also have many more carriers around the world. I'm sure they can afford to miss Verizon.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 09:00

43. roscuthiii (Posts: 2217; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

Whether it's Verizon's fault, HTC's fault, or my Great Aunt Tilly's fault.. it just doesn't matter. They had a goal to present a unified brand series of flagship smartphones, the HTC One.
For whatever reason behind it, a different branded phone on Verizon misses that mark.*

*Unless a phone is released as an HTC One with a modifier attached to the name, like a "V" or a "+" or an "X". Then they'd still be on track, but I was under the impression they were trying to avoid all that.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 15:22 1

9. wildcard (Posts: 65; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)

there go HTC1 no hope ,see that,and that why samsung is the best there delelive and that why is the best reason that samsung is the best company

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 15:52 3

11. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)

Samsung phone owners everywhere are laughing at HTC fanboys right now...

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 16:04 4

14. amats69 (Posts: 1445; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

on what reason? Verizon is not the world..if its not release in Verizon then theres still lots of people waiting for the One all around the globe...

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 16:30 3

17. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


posted on 17 Mar 2013, 16:29 2

16. amiroo (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)

hohooo !! cheap say result cheap think>>sami fans can laughing to cheap plastic and obsolete design again.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 15:58

13. 0rion_Black (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)

I own a DNA and I am eligible for an upgrade in a year. I hope Verizon and HTC can work something out in the next year. In the meantime I am running the Sense 5 port, and look forward to an official release/update from Big Red.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 02:55

41. Twashbush (Posts: 47; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)

so since you will have an upgrade this year look forward to the Moto X

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 16:51 6

18. MelvinPainter (Posts: 62; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)

Who cares, no removable battery, no microSD card, no want.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 16:53 3

19. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 May 2012)

Please. Dont say HTC is going to fail because they dont release it on Verizon.
Wake up. Verizon is not the only carrier in THE WORLD. It is A carrier, not THE ONLY carrier.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 18:40 2

26. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Verizon is pretty big though.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 17:52

46. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 May 2012)

Not a game changing difference

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 17:11 1

20. Birds (Posts: 1157; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

If it comes to Verizon, its gonna be called the droid RNA... Loll..... Wit...

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 18:22

24. BattleBrat (Posts: 1458; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

No, it is going to be called the HTC TWO

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 17:18

21. gdubb03 (Posts: 1; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

i'm not sure if anyone else has noticed but Verizon has pulled the DNA from its web site. You can't purchase it anymore on their website. When I contacted the online support person they said it had been retired.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 17:46 2

22. johnriii (Posts: 238; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

actually, it's not discontinued. I'm looking at it right now on verizonwireless.com.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 21:31 4

35. Penny (Posts: 1648; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

I just spoke to a rep at my local Verizon store. He was surprisingly up front about upcoming phones, including the HTC Droid +, which is the rebranded HTC One. He also said that the HTC Droid DNA is being discontinued (basically will sell remaining stock).

For those who care, he also confirmed that Verizon will indeed be releasing a high end Lumia, and it is expected to be out in early April, although he wouldn't confirm the Lumia 928 name.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 23:16 1

39. johnriii (Posts: 238; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

that's surprizing that the DNA would be "retired" so soon. I'm done with HTC until they decide to raise their battery capacity upwards of 2500 mah. IMO, any smartphone dual core and up should have at least 2500 mah battery capacity.

I wouldn't be shocked if the Verizon store rep is incorrect...when did the DNA come out, November of 2012? if so, it's not even six months old...and if thats true, then maybe there is something REALLY wrong with that phone.

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 01:07

40. Penny (Posts: 1648; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

While the situation may be rare that a phone is discontinued after such a short amount of time, it might make sense in this situation. HTC is basically releasing a newer and superior version of the same phone they released back then, so it wouldn't make much sense for Verizon to carry both, unless they planned on differentiating by price.

For HTC, they would just be cannibalizing their own sales anyway and would probably just prefer to stop selling the Droid DNA to Verizon. I'm sure Verizon would also prefer to stop buying the outdated phone that would likely just pile up as the newer device flies out the door.

In any case, I don't think the rep or Verizon meant that they will stop supporting the DNA; they probably just mean that they are going to stop purchasing additional units.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 17:54

23. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Its called typical HTC. They probably wanted to wait until they fixed the horrible button placement, battery life, and camera before releasing it on Verizon. They already delayed it for Europe so they probably can't even supply Verizon if they wanted to.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 18:46 3

27. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Its because Verizon wants too keep their boring DROID NAME and they have the DROID DNA

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 18:54

28. procopiojose (Posts: 132; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

HTC's plan is to release just ONE unit per continent and they will make sure that it works. Thay way they can have 100% reliability. Nice strategy HTC. Nice.

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 18:57

29. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 421; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)

makes my choice easier! S4 it is!

posted on 17 Mar 2013, 21:26 3

34. kingjr243 (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)

They can keep that Droid DNA how can a person live off just 16GB off memory thats just criminal

posted on 18 Mar 2013, 05:03 1

42. oldmandaddy (Posts: 64; Member since: 01 May 2010)

Come on Verizon , you rather carry Nokia line than Htc One. I'm so Disappointed , I will Dumped you soon after 18 years with Verizon.

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