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Verizon: no HTC One smartphones for now

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Verizon: no HTC One smartphones for now
Not that we have had any rumors pointing at such a scenario, but we thought we'd share the news with you anyway since it comes from an official source. So, it turns out that Verizon does not intend to offer the HTC One X, HTC One S, or HTC One V“Verizon is not going to be carrying either of the HTC One devices currently announced”, said HTC spokesperson Jeff Gordon.

Instead, Verizon subscribers will have to settle down with the HTC Rezound or the HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE if they demand a top-notch smartphone made by HTC. The former comes with a 4.3-inch 720p display while the latter sports a 4-inch qHD screen. Both of these devices are powered by dual-core processors – a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 for the Rezound and a 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 for the Incredible 4G LTE. In addition, 8-megapixel cameras grace the backs of both these smartphones, and to top everything off, LTE connectivity comes standard.

Still, while Gordon made it clear that the current HTC One smartphones will not be offered with the carrier, he does not mention anything about any future models, so you never know what the future may hold for Verizon and HTC. Does anyone think that Verizon should have gotten at least one of the HTC One handsets, or will its current lineup do just fine? Let us know what you think by dropping a comment.

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posted on 14 May 2012, 07:25 2

1. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5534; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


My guess is that VZW is working on their Fall 2012 lineup. Maybe not the current crop of HTC One series handsets, but don't be surprised if some HTC handsets with VZW radios visit the FCC around July/August timeframe. Then again, if Moto releases a quad core, 720p, true LCD (non-Pentile) 4.3+ inch screen update of the RAZR, I know where I am going to be spending my $.

posted on 14 May 2012, 07:54

2. bubbadoes (Posts: 321; Member since: 03 May 2012)


I'm beginning to think that Verizon and HTC's relationship is de·te·ri·o·rating...since the failed launch of the Thunderbolt. To date, HTC hasn't released any notable smartphone on Verizon (Thunderbolt, Rhyme, Trophy, Incredible 1,2 and now LTE and Rezound. Kind of sad because HTC makes good phones, they just don't make it to VW.

posted on 14 May 2012, 08:20 4

10. ca2l3vin (Posts: 22; Member since: 12 Aug 2009)


though I dont think HTC relationship with VZW is as strong as moto. Its still second strongest atleast in the world of android (and the only one for WP7). Thunderbolt sold very well at first launch is still being sold today (vzw is notorious for removing handsets that wont sell *KIN), Incredible 1 replaced the first "Nexus" Device and sold not only for a very long time but sold out a few times (due to part shortages), Rhyme sales are slow but actually suprising steady and customer satisfaction for that phone is high, same with trophy.

The only phones I saw as "trouble sales" for HTC and VZW was incredible 2 (which just didnt fit well between getting a 4g thunderbolt or picking up a rhyme) and HTC Rezound (Which was more VZW's fault in my opinion due to coming out with the Razr and Galaxy Nexus around the same time. Consumers really had hard choices and though all became steady income eventually the rezound got overshadowed)

As for topic the HTC Incredible 4G seems VERY similar to the HTC One S anyways. Aside from a slight screensize/tech difference and slight clock speed difference (still same chipset) whats really the difference?

posted on 14 May 2012, 11:09

17. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


HTC and VZW's relationship is fine. The Incredible 4G was built hand in hand for VZW to continue the Incredible line. The specs and capabilities on the new Incredible are very much in line with the One series on other carriers. I've had my hands on one of these new devices, and just because it looks different from the One series doesn't make it any less capable. I believe one of HTC's reps told me it most closely matches the One S in specs and capabilities.

Either way, very cool phone, and should be the right price at around $149.

posted on 14 May 2012, 11:26

18. bubbadoes (Posts: 321; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Please tell me then what is the difference between the Incredible LTE and the Rezound!

posted on 14 May 2012, 12:06

22. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


The screen is smaller, the S4 chip clocks in slightly faster than the Rezound's S3 chip even though its 1.5 vs 1.2 mhz respectively. The Incredible 4G's camera is ridiculously cool, there will be an accessory where the DI 4G will be able to wirelessly play HD video on your TV, or mirror anything else to it. It's built for ICS and has Sense 4.0 as well.

All in all, it would be an expensive switch from the Rezound to the DI 4G. I personally have the Rezound and don't see it being worth it to pay that much money, but if picking one or the other on an upgrade, I'd likely take the DI 4G. I don't care about the smaller screen. 4.3 to 4.0 size wise for a screen isn't a big deal to me, but it might be to others.

All in all, its mainly personal preference. I love my Rezound and I think the DI 4G will be an excellent phone as well.

posted on 14 May 2012, 08:00 5

3. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Doesn't really surprise me all that much, they're making another stupid mistake, they probably think they will get something better (which they might) but they also tried to do that with the galaxy nexus, i can guarantee the GS2 would have sold twice as much

posted on 14 May 2012, 08:19 2

9. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


It probably has something to do with them getting the SGS3 this time around. Also, specs wise, the new Incredible isnt going to really be all that different than the OneS, so it would just be a repeat of a phone with a different name.

posted on 14 May 2012, 09:41 1

14. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


It just frustrates me that Verizon went from a company providing some of the best phones in the dinc1, Droid X, and droid1 and 2, to providing some that there is nothing special to.

posted on 14 May 2012, 11:42

20. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


verizon is all about brand recognition. They stick to familiar names as much as possible to make it easier to sell to customers. Are the differences in the OneS and the next Incredible so different that they require 2 different phones for VZW?
It will be just like when the Amaze came out shortly after the Sensation.. People cried foul. The amaze and the sensation are so identical that most people couldnt tell the difference other than the slightly better screen on the Amaze.

posted on 14 May 2012, 08:02

4. wendygarett (unregistered)


Thought verizon will launch htc phablet soon...
I guess it just a rumor...

posted on 14 May 2012, 08:12 4

5. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Does this surprise anyone? Verizon has a long history of refusing to get the top phones on their network, and castrating them when they do. They even managed to get the first Nexus device that couldn't get immediate updates.

Look at it this way - Verizon still has a lot of customers who are grandfathered into unlimited data plans, so they want to make sure those customers can't get really functional phones, or they might use those unlimited data plans.

Verizon - we want to charge you an extra $30 to upgrade to a second rate phone! My phone is off contract now, and my wife and daughter are up around October. I already emailed the CEO that I will NOT be paying a $30 upgrade fee for our phones, and if they try to charge it, they will lose our business.

posted on 14 May 2012, 08:34 3

11. ca2l3vin (Posts: 22; Member since: 12 Aug 2009)


you do know that ATT and Sprint have higher upgrade fees? not saying it to be funny I dont like the upgrade fee either but thats been around on other companies for awhile. I think you would be stuck with T-Mobile which I really dont see having alot of "staying" power. (trying to be bought by ATT and then rumors of it being sold/merged with MetroPCS)

Also the thought that VZW is buying "lesser" phones to discourage lower data plans is silly IMO. They dont HAVE to keep unlimited data grandfathered (they didnt with some basic/feature phones) and could have easily made people upgrade right out of it. HTC went on record of saying the Rezound (at the time) was the most powerful phone they created, The Galaxy Nexus is a Nexus VZW had first for awhile, and The moto Razr/Maxx sell like hotcakes (also most dont consider these phones "second rate")

Good luck on your choices though.

posted on 14 May 2012, 09:12 3

12. ithinkimjoe (Posts: 25; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


vzw is also the only company to charge $300 for their top tier phones compared to $200 on the other carriers. (minus the note)

posted on 14 May 2012, 11:46 2

21. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats not true. ATT LTE phones carry a similar price tag, and the SGS2 on Tmobile is 280 before rebates if you go on the classic plan.

posted on 14 May 2012, 13:56

23. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


From what ive seen att's lte phones are typically $199 or $99 or occasionally $49 online while the Pantech burst is free, the Vivid is $99, nitro HD is $49, the skyrocket though is $199

posted on 15 May 2012, 07:23

28. ithinkimjoe (Posts: 25; Member since: 19 Jan 2012)


right now, the only phones AT&T have that are over $200 are the 64gb iPhone and the galaxy note, which i mentioned wasn't 200.

and that's 280 BEFORE the rebates. the phones on vzw are 300 with NO rebates. i paid 300 for my GNex on release day, no rebates, no mail in cards, nothing.

posted on 14 May 2012, 08:13 1

6. bubbadoes (Posts: 321; Member since: 03 May 2012)


I doubt it #4...The HTC Flyer tablet was nothing to write home about. (Already extinct)

posted on 14 May 2012, 08:14

7. thnkthru3 (Posts: 73; Member since: 25 Dec 2011)


Let"s not forget the Samsung Galaxy S III. That's one tasty morsel coming to Verizon. No word yet on AT&T?

posted on 14 May 2012, 08:15 1

8. SeniorEd (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Feb 2011)


With the Razr Maxx being cut in price recently, there is obviously a Razr HD coming soon. I think that phone is supposed to get a 720p display that is at least 4.3" and probably more like 4.5 or 4.7. Would be great if it came with Qualcomm's quad core S4 processor, but I don't think that processor will be available until the 4th quarter. So probably a dual core OMAP 44xx or a dual core S4 msm 8960.

My hunch is that the next Nexus will be a MOTO Razr Nexus and come with a quad core S4 APQ8064. That will steal the show come this fall!! Hey, I'm Ed and I'm out.

posted on 15 May 2012, 03:14

27. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Sure hope that happens .
I guess I will have to wait and see

posted on 14 May 2012, 09:27 1

13. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Sometimes, it is near impossible to figure out Verizon's device strategies. Won't release a GS2 because they want the Nexus and will stay away from the HTC One series despite not really having anything to replace it with anytime soon, but they sure will flood the shelves with Motorola devices like the dam just burst. (And I really like Moto.) Strange decisions.....

posted on 14 May 2012, 09:45 2

15. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


This is yet again one of the reasons why I am starting to edge away from Verizon and their lack of ability to keep great phones around. Even though I do not upgrade until the end of the year my previous upgrade was shafted due to their importance factor of the iPhone and all they had to show for an alternative is the htc thunderbolt. Come end of the year, if Verizon doesn't ship up, I will be moving to another carrier.

posted on 14 May 2012, 10:55

16. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I would think Verizon would be interested in carrying a version of the One XL.

posted on 14 May 2012, 11:38

19. Wildmanfan (Posts: 219; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


A while back I'm sure everyone read something about how HTC is going to make a "challenger" model for the fall that will rival the Galaxy Note. If that's what they are doing, then great. Go for it. But if that is not what they are doing, then all I got to say to Verizon is: YOU SUCK!
Fact of the matter is, if anyone here thinks that the One X should be on the Verizon lineup, then apparently the stupid cells in your brain are affecting your common sense thinking.

posted on 14 May 2012, 17:19 1

24. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Good, Verizon doesn't deserve nice phones. Be happy with your iPhones and Droid-branded phones on overpriced and limited data plans, because thats about it.

posted on 14 May 2012, 17:26

25. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


What good is an unlimited plan, say, with Sprint, when its not worth a dial up connection? Not necessarily in all markets, but as with most things in life, you get what you pay for....

posted on 14 May 2012, 19:48 1

26. USMCSPIKE (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 May 2012)


The Htc rezound is there best phone on verizon with verizons LTE in my area Denver CO 22MBS overclocked and custom rom what more could you want in a phone at that point what is a quad core or more ram going to do for you nothing untill software demands more hardware verizons got a phone that can do anything a cell phone can without lag

posted on 15 May 2012, 09:26

29. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Im convinced VZW is just a bunch of idiots. They have the best service and always get the worste phones. They take everything great on the market tone it down block all the good features and then charge more cause they know there service is better. Def not fair to the consumer

posted on 16 May 2012, 17:34

30. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


unfortunately w/HTC if you've had one...you've had them all. I'm sure the specs are better than the Rezound BUT in the end...it's just another Rezound variant. no reason to have both models. once a loyal HTC fan, now I'm just bored w/the redundancy of the same old same old designs.

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 14:54

31. contrabandsnetwork (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


Man i so wish that Verizon would get the HTC One-S, or V, or X, whatever!! I had the One S with Tmobile and i freaking loved that phone. It is the best phone out right now, thats android!! But the closest we can get to that is Verizons HTC Rezound, which is an amazing phone as well... But Verizon, or HTC,,,if your listening, PLEASE GET THE "ONE SERIES" phone on your service!! The Galaxy 3 doesnt touch the One-S.... FACT!! Way to go HTC, keep building them awesome, dependable phones... Oh, and one more thing, why didnt u just add the continuous shooting to the Rezound?

posted on 04 Oct 2012, 14:55

32. contrabandsnetwork (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


Oh btw, Cricketownz, ya gotta admit htc is the s**t!!!

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