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 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    4 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 617, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2150 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
    HTC Sense UI

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