Abracadabra! HTC phones disappear from certain carrier websites

Abracadabra! HTC phones disappear from certain carrier websites
You can look real hard, but you won't find HTC handsets being offered online by AT&T and T-Mobile. As noted in a report published by Wave7 Research, T-Mobile removed the $139.99 HTC Desire 530 from its site a couple of weeks ago. However, the Un-carrier says that it is offering the Desire 530 as a pre-paid option. Verizon is supposed to have two HTC models for sale, but there is no inventory of these phones found in any of Big Red's stores.

HTC continues to have its problem. At Sprint, which is the exclusive U.S. home of the HTC Bolt, the latter's sales are running at only 2% of the carrier's gross revenue. Even more frightening for HTC fans, just 4 months after the HTC 10 launched, the 2016 flagship was dropped without a trace by T-Mobile.

Back in December, one analyst said that HTC would not release any more flagship phones in the U.S. Cliff Maldonado, an analyst with BayStreet Research, said that HTC would turn its attention toward being an ODM, manufacturing phones designed by other companies. That is how HTC got its start in the business, manufacturing handsets like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1, the Nexus One and the first Android model sold in the states, the T-Mobile G1.

Still, HTC will release two handsets next month that it recently unveiled. The 5.7-inch HTC U Ultra is powered by the Snapdragon 821 chipset, and the 5.2-inch HTC U Play carries the MediaTek P10 chipset under the hood.

Chialin Chang, the president of HTC’s smartphones and connected devices division, said recently that whenever a new flagship CPU is launched, HTC wants to build a new phone around it. Thus, a Snapdragon 835 powered HTC 11 is no doubt being prepped right now. The question is whether the U.S. carriers will return the brand to their online stores once the new flagship is released.


source: FierceWireless

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17 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

As a used to be htc fan. Guess they deserved it. They're not listening to what the people are saying, overpriced phones, generic design, no features, poor after sales service, poor/no advertising. And every official is now leaving.

3. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Just like sony, who is unbeatable as far as huge bezels are concerned. And too expensive too. Hihihi.

11. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

I agree the bezels are big, but sony phones still look unique, I love my z3 compact. Imo, Sony is wayyy better than HTC

2. aegislash

Posts: 1531; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I still can't get over how big of a joke the U Ultra is. It's basically like HTC finally admitted they just don't give a damn anymore, and played Dr. Frankenstein with an S6/S7 and V10/V20, while filling it with specs that will be outdated once MWC arrives, all while charging a hefty premium price.

5. Quicksword_Phantom

Posts: 180; Member since: Jun 15, 2015

Spot on. The U Ultra is trash. I have been waiting all these years for a true successor to the One Max and M8 and nothing but garbage from HTC. Back in the day they were the "premium" company.

6. aegislash

Posts: 1531; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

That is exactly what I want from HTC. A true successor to one of my most favorite devices of all time, the M8.

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I remember most of my friend used to keep recommended me HTC phones(pre Samsung era), but by the time I am interested with it, they had revamp their HTC Sense to almost HTC "Stock", well since their price is not that "market friendly", in the end I went to Nexus 6p which provide me true Stock experience, cheaper and faster update.

7. mlarma

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Actually ordered my HTC 10 this morning from Verizon. Looked at many phones and for the size and feature set, the 10 was it. Personally think the 10 is under appreciated. Glad I didn't wait any longer as the other choices are not what I want.

9. miketer

Posts: 540; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

If you don't need a good camera, then this phone is fine. Somehow, the camera underperforms.

13. raky_b

Posts: 420; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It is good camera, it's just not great. Sometimes it gives better than s7's photos, but have worst nights photos and not so fast focusing

14. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

I own one and it performs pretty good. The phone is heavily underrated and severely overpriced at launch though :)

8. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

They should put dual speakers on their phones again like the M7 and such. Give their phones the advantage of a feature again that no other flagship is using. Or hardly any other phone for that matter. HTC phones are so generic now.

10. hungpakto

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

HTC means Help This Company!

15. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

Couldnt agree more. It needs more help than any other company on this planet. Cant watch a horse lose the race against other animals...

12. jermflu

Posts: 6; Member since: May 21, 2016

Just ordered my HTC 10

16. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Let us know how it was....

17. jermflu

Posts: 6; Member since: May 21, 2016

just returned it.

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