Verizon delaying HTC One release for "testing", could this sink HTC?
0. phoneArena 13 Mar 2013, 12:28 posted on
This definitely isn't the first time that Verizon has delayed a release of something Android related in order to perform "testing", and it probably won't be the last, but this time is a much more dire situation for those involved than a couple of months waiting for an Android software update. This time around, the delay could have a serious impact on HTC, and could be trouble for the company...
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30. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
There won't be any delay, from HTC that is. This is a carrier delay, not a manufacturer delay. There's no one to blame but Verizon for this.
2. Gatt85 (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)
I don't tend to call out typos but the news websites have been full of them today. HTC is not a Chinese company, they are from Taiwan. Please fix the article.
6. alouden (unregistered)
I don't understand why they keep making this mistake. This is not the first time HTC has been referred to as a Chinese company. Are the writers that nervous about offending China? As for Verizon's move, I think it's more to protect the DNA. Although the DNA ia a decent phone, it seves HTC right for putting out another carrier exclusive. There would be no "delay due to further testing" if the DNA did not exist.
12. jcarrigan (unregistered)
but the dna sucks except for the 5 inch screen is pretty dumb! the stupid thing doesnt even have a sd card slot, who does that?!?!?! oh yeah the dumbs**ts at apple do that!
34. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)
the parent company of android... er-hm GOOGLE... doesnt use SD slots in their Nexus line of devices... and is suggesting its partners to not use them either.
45. jcarrigan (unregistered)
thus the specific reason why i have never owned a nexus phone. There amazing, everything about the Nexus 4 is great...EXCEPT that I cant expand the memory beyond 16GB, thats like having a ferrari and not being able to go faster than 80mph!!!!
35. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Relax dude. The DNA does not in fact suck. I have one and there is not one phone in Verizon's lineup currently you could make me switch to. My previous phone had 48GB of storage in it, but you know what? I manage just fine with the 16GB of storage on this phone, and so do plenty of other people.
NEWS FLASH! This isn't all about you dude, so chill! No one is forcing you to buy anything, and if you are going to lose your mind waiting for a phone, you have bigger issues than who your carrier and what your phone is......smh
47. jcarrigan (unregistered)
id own a dna if it had a sd card slot. i do actually go over 16gb.
38. darkkjedii (Posts: 20148; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Motorola has started to go that way too. You may have spoken without thinking things thru dude.
46. jcarrigan (unregistered)
that may be true but it doesnt negate the fact that maybe they should leave the option of a microsd card slot for those that use more than 16gb.
43. downphoenix (Posts: 3155; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
maybe the writer is on China's side and believes Taiwan is not an independent country but is part of China. If they believe that, then the article isnt wrong.
13. MikeG77 (Posts: 401; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)
You are correct in regards to HTC being a Taiwanese company but it really is part of China. Durring the Chinese cival war Chiang Kai-Shek moved his people to the island of Taiwan and founded the Republic of China in Taipei as his wartime capital in Dec 1949. Shek was the leader of the nationalist forces and Mao was the leader of the communists and the gov't in Beijing has formally declared that they do not recognize Taiwan as an independent country and any attempt at independence would lead to military action by China.
The island of Taiwan is 99% Chinese and there are elements within the country that feel that should unify with the mainland. I think the real issue is that regadless of Taiwans status as a country it doesn't matter as most people including myself see it as its sovereign nation. The DNA is not a bad device i just didn't like the small battery and no SD card slot. I knew HTC would have an issue with production but i hope they sort this out quick so i can see a live unit.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
If Sammy's GS IV is available on VZW from day one, that could be a serious problem for HTC. However, if VZW is an equal-opportunity tester, the GS IV will suffer a similar delay. I remember going nuts waiting for the Note II to finally ship on VZW. Net-net, IF the One is available on VZW, it will have a month or so to get traction before Sammy sucks the oxygen out of the room.
14. jcarrigan (unregistered)
yeah i ended up with a gs3 simply becuase verizon took too long to release the note 2 and my older phone completely stopped working :(
4. joshboss (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)
Second paragraph, third line.. Isn't HTC out of Taiwan?
7. Desmund (Posts: 74; Member since: 01 Nov 2012)
At this rate if you were hyped for the phone doubt a 1 month delay would do anything to your confidence in it. Actually you can put a positive spin on this and say it's to assure that it Performs to it's best abilities.
8. tedkord (Posts: 10705; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
People need to understand it takes Verizon time to lock down the phone and strip enough functionality out to make it the least powerful phone on all US networks.
10. theo14461 (unregistered)
Absolutely agree!! Let Verizon delay this model, there are three other major U.S. carriers getting it. Screw Verizon! Biggest rip-off company in America.
23. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I don't know about least powerful. But most bloatware infested? Most certainly. Testing isn't done until all the bloatware runs.
24. LionStone (Posts: 730; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
If the DNA wasn't the most powerful phone out right now, your statement might be accurate.
9. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Comparing to AT&T only before... and now AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon (delay)... I think HTC will do better this time.
16. dex-4 (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)
Probably delayed by Verizon needs to load all of their bloatware on.
17. suneeboy (Posts: 201; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)
"Verizon needs to do further testing" aka add bloatware
18. 3SM.. (unregistered)
They're trying to find where to put their logo at on the front of the device.
19. a22matic (Posts: 17; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)
I have no experience with Verizon, so I'm only basing my question off what I've read. Wouldn't it have made sense (no pun intended) for HTC to give Verizon the HTC One early (2 months) so they could complete their testing before or right at announcement time? It just seems like the word is out on Verizon, so this should have been in HTC's contingency plan.
20. MikeG77 (Posts: 401; Member since: 24 Nov 2008)
You would think that but even with a head start Verizon would still take forever to test the device. Verizon typically wants the devices to be customized to there speccifications and then they will launch it as a carrier exsclusive. If HTC can get Verizon to launch the device as is with no major changes i will he highly impressed.
22. nexusalltheway (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)
they had a delay with EVO LTE on Sprint as well. HTC lost a great chance to have a head start before s4 unless its one of theri maketing tactics.
25. Whateverman (Posts: 3251; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Verizon Wireless = Big Red F**k-up! I can't think of one single, solitary piece of good news that was announced from VZW since the Droid launched! Every other announcement has been one big disaster after another. You would think FINALLY getting the GS3 and Note 2 would have been the best news VZW customers could get, but then they were delayed and the OS gutted like a fish! We need to start a "Quit f**king with our phones" petition on change.org or maybe a "Fed up and leaving!" petition. Just to let them know how we feel about paying the most money of any cellular customers, only to keep getting shafted by our carrier. I know I've posted this a lot but... Damn, I can't wait until my contract is up!
26. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
Why its only verizon thats delaying. N besides they didnt ask for the one series
27. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
VZW tends to be last to release a phone that is being released on all of the carriers. I previously mentioned the Note II as an example. I think the Note II was available first on T-Mo and then AT&T. It took VZW an extra month after the Note II was shipping on AT&T to ship the VZW edition of the Note II. It is not as if there is no precedent for delay on releasing a phone on VZW.
28. roldefol (Posts: 4108; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I want to root for HTC, really I do. I don't like to see any one company take the whole pie, whether it's Samsung or Apple. HTC has designed some fine phones, but they just can't catch a break lately. And when it comes to Verizon, they're especially beholden to the carrier and its own marketing (aka DROID). I knew last year that Samsung finally broke away from the pack when Verizon didn't touch the SIII name or design. In the same year, VZW passed on the One line and while the DNA might be a nice phone with a great screen and build, it's mostly 2012 hardware. HTC knows it needs to focus on one great product (the One) but it's still bowing to the Verizon product planners.
Verizon doesn't care what you buy as long as they get you into another pricey contract. HTC needs VZW much more than VZW needs them. But I like competition, so I want to see a solid product from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, Nokia and Apple on all major carriers.
36. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)
Mostly 2012 hardware? Yet, it is one of 2 phones with a quad core processor and 2 GB of RAM, and also clocks a little faster than the Note II, making it faster than anything else on the market, if I'm not mistaken.
I agree the delay sucks and with the One coming out, HTC just should have not released the DNA altogether, even though it is a great phone.
29. evarod48 (Posts: 154; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
up until now there was no report of the HTC One being on Verizon, so I take it as good news
31. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Any delay is good. HTC has some horrible quality control and if a delay helps iron out some bugs, HTC fans should be delighted. Fixing the loose volume rocker would help.
32. skymitch89 (Posts: 1293; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
Verizon could be testing something "new" that they would launch with the HTC One. Testing something "new" such as using LTE Advanced.
33. bojan (Posts: 188; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)
Verizon can't find a place to put there logo LOL
37. TMach (Posts: 452; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Never mind Verizon, HTC is doing quite a good job in messing up without Verizon's help. The international version was supposed to have been released in the next day with most people in the UK having been promised it will be in their hot little mitts by 15 March. Well a two week HTC confirmed delay soon put paid to that.
HTC wake up before you crash through that wall into oblivion.
39. ghostnexus (Posts: 96; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
I think HTC will fail for one reason, What benefits does the HTC One offer?
42. jphillips63 (Posts: 218; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Since PA won't post this on there site I figure I would. HTC is coming out with a developers Edition soon here is the link...
44. dgreekstallion (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)
I am fairly certain only one carrier delaying the release of this phone will not have much of a tangible effect on HTC's future.