Tweet from HTC USA confirms no HTC One for Verizon

Tweet from HTC USA confirms no HTC One for Verizon
HTC USA finally shot down the rumor that the HTC One was coming to Verizon, but had been delayed. A tweet from the U.S. arm of the Taiwan based manufacturer made it clear that the HTC One is not going to be available from the nation's largest carrier even though a previous report said that Verizon would be releasing the new HTC flagship without any changes. Instead, HTC USA responded to an inquiry about a possible HTC One launch for Big Red by pumping up the "awesome" HTC DROID DNA. The tweet contradicts a recently leaked Walmart document that said that the HTC One would be replacing the HTC DROID DNA on the retailer's shelves.

Even with the pretty straightforward tweet, there are still many unanswered questions. For example, even if Verizon doesn't offer the HTC One, will it offer a phone with the same specs as the HTC One, but with a different name? There has been talk about a sequel to the HTC DROID DNA called the HTC DLX Plus that would be every inch the same as the HTC One. At one time, the DROID DNA was code named the DLX, so a DLX Plus would make sense. Ok, but what about the tweet? Well, the tweet doesn't say that Verizon won't offer a phone with the same specs as the HTC One. It merely says that the carrier will not be offering a phone named the HTC One.

Why wouldn't Verizon want the HTC One? It might be due to the amount of money that Verizon has spent promoting the HTC DROID DNA and doesn't want that phone surpassed so quickly by a new HTC model. The HTC DROID DNA is no greybeard by any stretch of the imagination. Still, missing the opportunity to offer such as powerhouse as the HTC One would not make any sense for Verizon, which makes it more likely that the HTC One will be sold by Verizon, but under a different name. In the meantime, by the end of next month Verizon customers will be able to turn to the Samsung Galaxy S 4 for a top-shelf device with the latest specs.

source: HTCUSA via Phandroid

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44 Comments

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

HTC already confirmed they're bringing Sense 5 to the DNA. That being said, it will get the update in December knowing Verizon.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Verizon is going to be the only carrier that doesn't offer it. HTC One > DNA.

10. wildcard

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

and ur correct PapaSmurf

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

the Dna is still Great phone for verizon customers and the one will be a flag ship for everyone, not jus verizon customers. Good move

30. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

its actually a stupid move by htc. they should have not released butterfly and instead waited before releasing the one. there are so many bad things happening for htc i am starting to feel bad. they really needed to release a phone which all carriers provide.

6. rbiowa

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

If it's not coming to Verizon then HTC screwed up in it's $100+ promo on the ONE. It asks you to preregister and select your carrier. Verizon is listed. I'd post the link, but phone arena says I have an insufficient number of posts to be allowed to post it. How ridiculous is that....

7. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Aha? So much for the One being the only flagship for HTC this year. Maybe they meant it will be 'almost' the only flagship for this year depending on region, provider and availability. Maybe it has something to do with the rumoured production shortages. Perhaps HTC couldn't yield the minimum amount of handsets that Verizon would require to start the investment. In any case the HTC's plan for recovery doesn't seem to go precisely according to plan. :-/

8. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Lot of potential sales the One will miss out on. while the S4 will be available on all 4 carriers. The S4 will dominate the android market this year too. I believe the One will do better then One x though.

12. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Is there any wonder why Sammy does so well? They release their phones on all 4 carriers in the U.S. There are no missteps in the roll-out. And, and, and. Doing an upgrade to the DNA just confuses the brand identity of the One. HTC is pushing the One as its flagship phone for 2013. Now, they are starting to confuse the issue by saying the One won't be available on VZW. But there might be an upgraded DNA? But maybe not? What a clusterf*ck!

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

This is Verizon's fault, they probably made a deal with HTC to have them make a flagship device for Verizon's holiday season, when in turn they miss out on HTC's flagship device that will be released a few months later. It happened last year with the Rezound, which was replaced with the One X, and now the DNA which is being replaced with the One. Also, the release of the One is HTC's largest global launch in their product history, I'm sure they won't miss Verizon too much. Availability isn't a problem for HTC anymore, it's marketing, which is a MAJOR reason why Samsung does so well.

25. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Nope. The major reason is that they are just flat out better.

31. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

... In your opinion.

32. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

HTC, does in fact, make a great phone. However, it comes with a trade off. Owning an HTC product for nine consecutive years, I have experienced certain hardware issues that require removable SD slots and more importantly, removable battery to keep you in touch. So far, I haven't seen any changes from HTC to address these failures in order to remove crucial elements. For this reason, I will not return to HTC unless they reinstate removable batteries and SD slots. I really don't care how beautiful the phone looks. It doesn't do me any good when it's a brick. John B.

36. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Trade offs come with choosing any manufacturer really, you just have to decide which ones you can live with. Anyways, I've only owned 3 HTC devices, 2 of which had removable battery and storage, and I have never had the need to remove either from them. Though, I only kept them for a few months each, even with my GS2 I have now I never needed to remove the battery or storage. I do see the added use of removable storage and battery; like if your battery won't charge/won't hold a charge and needs to be replaced, or if you want to easily transfer data from your old device to your new one. That's really the extent of practical use I see from those features though, and I don't even use those. I highly doubt HTC will ever bring back their removable batteries. Almost every manufacturer aside from Samsung and LG seem to have done away with them, and even LG is slowly moving away from them. I mainly don't like them for their inconvenience when you drop them; when I had my old Samsung sliders, whenever I dropped them the back popped off and the battery fell out, then I would have to scramble around picking them up. HTC might bring back their SD card slots however. The Butterfly had one, so it's not like they've been extinct like removable batteries have been for HTC.

38. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

heres where there are flaws as human beings people make mistakes over charge their batteries they swell and lose power then they need to replace them htc is notorious for this so its simple buy a new one or the person one the go who wants to just swap batteries. but if its sealed you have to replace the whole device ...whoa i have to rely now on a refurbished device and go through a transfer and syncing process? the thing apple gave you was itunes to back things up (not an apple fan by any means) but they used a system that kept things locked in and its a well known and used program htc needs a stronger fan base to acquire something like that

44. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Well, we might not totally disagree since superior features are easier to market. So both of our opinions might not be mutually exclusive. Still, I would say that my hypothesis is superior since you have zero evidence that suggest that marketing is the major reason that Smausng is a success while I at least have some evidence like Samsung devices constantly getting better reviews and word of mouth compared to HTC products. When I ask GS3 owners why they purchased a GS3 they say it is because it is awesome or they are bored of IOS. I never hear because they market so well and I am an moron that likes cheap plastic. No matter how much it hurts the HTC fans, they are the delusional ones that can't accept that maybe HTC deserves poor sales.

45. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Marketing-was-the-main-reason-for-Samsung-success-last-year-here-is-the-mind-boggling-amount-it-spent_id40543 When I ask GS3 users why they purchased the GS3, they say it's because of the screen and how fast it is, which I won't argue against. S-AMOLED HD is an amazing display and the Exynos 4412/S4 + 2 GB RAM makes the device very speedy. But, I have never heard a GS3 owner tell me about the features that weren't already in stock Android, aside from the toggles in the notification bar. You have to ask though, what made them even notice the GS3 in the first place? The sales representative? The ad on the front page of the website? That's all marketing. I won't deny Samsung deserves their sales, anyone who does is a moron. But to say HTC deserves poor sales is far from the truth. The only thing I felt was wrong with HTC was that Sense was too bloated and dragged the system down, but that's fixed with Sense 5. What do you find wrong with the One? The button placement, lack of micro SD slot, non removable battery, relatively small battery, the over hyped Ultrapixels, the larger size due to the front speakers?

33. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Maybe you know something that others don't, but objectively, passing for whatever reason on ~26% of the U.S. cellphone market is NOT good marketing. Ask Nokia about the massive L920 sales their exclusive deal with AT&T has brought them. A fail is a fail is a fail.

37. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

This is Verizon's choice. They get a late in the year flagship from HTC for the holiday season, and then they miss out on the flagship that follows after the holidays into the new year. It happened with the Rezound and One X, and now with the DNA and the One. At least this time around the main differences are the design and camera, otherwise the devices will be negligible from one another after the Sense 5 update. Unlike with the Rezound and One X which were worlds apart; S-LCD to S-LCD2, 4.3" display to 4.7", Snapdragon S3 to S4, major design differences, Sense 3 to Sense 4, etc. Like I said before, the One is HTC's largest global launch in their history. How many carriers was the One X(L) on? Not very many, and that's what brought them down last year. Not only do they have three of the big four in the U.S (compared to only AT&T last year), but they also have many more carriers around the world. I'm sure they can afford to miss Verizon.

43. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Whether it's Verizon's fault, HTC's fault, or my Great Aunt Tilly's fault.. it just doesn't matter. They had a goal to present a unified brand series of flagship smartphones, the HTC One. For whatever reason behind it, a different branded phone on Verizon misses that mark.* *Unless a phone is released as an HTC One with a modifier attached to the name, like a "V" or a "+" or an "X". Then they'd still be on track, but I was under the impression they were trying to avoid all that.

9. wildcard

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

there go HTC1 no hope ,see that,and that why samsung is the best there delelive and that why is the best reason that samsung is the best company

11. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Samsung phone owners everywhere are laughing at HTC fanboys right now...

14. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

on what reason? Verizon is not the world..if its not release in Verizon then theres still lots of people waiting for the One all around the globe...

17. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

correct++

16. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

hohooo !! cheap say result cheap think>>sami fans can laughing to cheap plastic and obsolete design again.

13. 0rion_Black

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

I own a DNA and I am eligible for an upgrade in a year. I hope Verizon and HTC can work something out in the next year. In the meantime I am running the Sense 5 port, and look forward to an official release/update from Big Red.

41. Twashbush

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 08, 2011

so since you will have an upgrade this year look forward to the Moto X

18. MelvinPainter

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Who cares, no removable battery, no microSD card, no want.

19. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Please. Dont say HTC is going to fail because they dont release it on Verizon. Wake up. Verizon is not the only carrier in THE WORLD. It is A carrier, not THE ONLY carrier.

26. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Verizon is pretty big though.

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