HTC One A9 deliveries in the USA might start today, but Verizon availability is possibly left for next year

HTC One A9 deliveries in the USA might start today, but Verizon availability is possibly left for next year
When it launched its new flagship smartphone for North America, the HTC One A9, HTC got its customers expecting shipments to begin fairly soon. Unfortunately, the company has ended up pushing back shipments of the initially available colors (black and grey) until today. Hopefully, the delay won't stretch over several days or weeks.

Moreover, Verizon customers will have to wait until network compatibility problems have been dealt with. The launch date remains unknown, and it will be possibly moved to next year. Verizon customers have received an e-mail from HTC, explaining that "more extensive testing and certification" is required to ensure the best experience for Verizon subscribers. Those wishing to change their orders can contact HTC's customer support, which further suggests that the smartphone isn't quite ready to debut on the nation's largest carrier. The availability of the device in red and gold colors is also going to be delayed. And although pre-orders for those variants were taken, they are no longer allowed.

Together with the announcement of an official $399 pricing, which only ended up lasting until Nov. 7 before it turned out that the price is promotional and the real cost is $499, this news makes the HTC One A9 launch a display of rather messy market play. HTC took preorders of delayed handsets (the red and gold editions) while failing to clearly communicate the problems that prevent them from being delivered in a reasonable time frame. The press conference mentioned that those models would be shipping several weeks later, but this wasn't published on the pre-order site.

Thus, those who pre-ordered the gold version are greeted with the following news — The Gray & Silver Unlocked editions for T-Mobile & ATT Orders will begin shipping on 11/10, while Sprint orders will start shipping late November. The Gold Unlocked edition will ship late November, while Sprint orders will ship mid-December. And for Red Unlocked, shipping starts early December, while Sprint orders begin mid-December.

Here is the complete email that Verizon subscribers received. What's your opinion of HTC's handling of the situation? Granted, the company is taking 25% off accessories for the One A9, and it does now correctly state that the red and gold editions are up for a late delivery. But the fact that HTC did that after taking preorders is definitely a symptom of negligent management.


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One A9
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2150 mAh(16h 3G talk time)

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6 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Next year HTC...next year...

2. andrejx

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

A9 is now available in Slovenia (a small country in EU that has low salaries and many people that are unemployed at the moment). I thought that A9 is a midrange device for people that can't afford flagships. Look for yourselves what the price with carrier is. http: //prntscr.com/917bel

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

4. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

$500 is not cool at all. Also, the rumours about that X9 was rejected by Eveleak. He said it will be another mid-range phone. Good luck HTC. I will keep my last year M8.

6. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

If you don't like the $499. price maybe you should've got it when it was $399. like I did. Mine will be here Fri wooo!

5. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

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