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The unlocked HTC One A9 won't get Verizon support, refunds and discounts coming to those affected

The unlocked HTC One A9 won't get Verizon support, refunds and discounts coming to those affected
HTC announced today that it has stopped trying to update the unlocked HTC One A9 with support for Verizon's network.

Back in October when the HTC launched the One A9, the company said that the unlocked variant of the handset will be the first non-CDMA phone to run on Verizon's network

At the time, HTC said that the One A9 will use the LTE radio for all communications (data, voice, and text) through Verizon, instead of separating data on LTE and voice and texts on the CDMA network like every other Verizon-compatible smartphone currently out there.

As months passed and Verizon subscribers kept being unable to use their smartphone with the nation's largest carrier, HTC kept saying that the unlocked One A9 will get Verizon support through a future software update. 

Unfortunately, HTC has now backtracked on these previous statements and announced that that the One A9 will not be getting Verizon support after all. 

Fortunately for Verizon subscribers who've already purchased the HTC One A9 hoping to use it on Verizon's network, HTC says that they will reimburse all One A9 orders placed on the company's website coming from Verizon customers. Furthermore, those affected will also get a 20% discount towards the purchase of any HTC smartphone through the end of 2016. Hey, did anyone say HTC 10?

Judging by HTC's official statements, it looks like the manufacturer was unable to get the device to fully support Verizon's network:

What do you guys think? Are you surprised that HTC has given up on updating the One A9 to support Big Red's network?

source: HTC

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HTC One A9 specs
  • 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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