AT&T HTC One to Pack Carrier Exclusive

AT&T was quick to announce the storage options for its upcoming HTC One and now we know why. The AT&T HTC One will evidently be the only variant, at least at launch, with the larger 64GB storage option leaving those on Sprint and T-Mobile with the 32GB HTC One.

Read: HTC One U.S. Release Mysteries.

In February, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all announced the HTC One. At the time, the only carrier to announce any kind of specifics in regards to the storage options was AT&T. The carrier pronounced that it would carry both the 32GB and the 64GB models of the device. Sprint and T-Mobile on the other hand remained mum and now, it’s clear as to why they did.

The HTC One release date is on track for early to mid April.

The AT&T HTC One features a carrier exclusive.

AT&T, in a new promo video for the HTC One, proclaims that it will have an exclusive on the 64GB HTC One. It’s unclear if it’s a permanent or temporary exclusive but this, at the very least, likely means that the Sprint and T-Mobile HTC One models will only be available in 32GB for at launch. For those that are looking for a ton of space, this might complicate things as the HTC One comes without a microSD card for expanded storage. Instead, users are left with the on board storage space and the cloud.

Sprint and T-Mobile seem to be out of luck with the 64GB HTC One.

Sprint and T-Mobile seem to be out of luck with the 64GB HTC One.

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It’s possible that things could change, we haven’t seen Sprint and T-Mobile confirm their storage options, but at this point, prospective buyers should be resigned to this fate for Sprint and T-Mobile.

It’s unclear how this might affect the launch of the Verizon HTC One, thought to be coming soon. The Droid DNA, the device that the HTC One is thought to be replacing, only has 16GB of on board storage space.

Read: Verizon HTC One Launch Might Come Soon.

The release of this teaser video comes shortly before the start of April, the month that carriers in the U.S. are expected to release the delayed HTC One. None of them have confirmed specific dates yet but we’ve heard late April is the target at this point.

The HTC One is HTC’s flagship smartphone and it comes with a 4.7-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor, Ultrapixel camera, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and HTC Sense 5.

Comments

  1. Steve H says

    If true, HTC has probably lost this Sprint customer. Why the heck would they do this crap. I love the look of the phone and I want it, but no replaceable battery was worrisome, and now, if I can’t get the full 64 GB version, bye bye HTC, hello Samsung. Sucks. I want the One.

  2. CynicalPloy says

    People need to start learning how to use cloud storage. Whining that 32gb of space on a phone isn’t enough is absolutely moronic. I currently use the HOX and have ran into storage issues not once and I run EVERYTHING I need and delete what I don’t… Learn to utilize what you have rather then cry about what you don’t.

    • Rex_D says

      I also think people need to quit feeling like they need to save EVERY picture they have ever taken with their phone as well and that they can’t ever move pictures off their phone onto their computer. I remember my first Droid having 528MB of internal storage and an 8GB card. It was plenty at the time. Then my Charge had 2GB internal and a 32GB card. It was enough for 2 years. At the rate people are collecting all of their stupid GPOY’s they will be wanting 500GB storage on their phones within 2-4 years so they never have to delete pictures or rearrange files.

  3. Rex_D says

    I really don’t understand why manufacturers release numerous versions of the same phone with different storage capacities (or different batteries) in the first place. I guess it is simple: so they can charge consumers different prices. If manufacturers only released 1 version (either the 32 OR the 64) it would seem they could place the cost somewhere in the middle of the 2, satisfying both ends of the market.

    It is also strange to me that they even create such a market. The “poor” people get to buy the phone with less storage and less battery, but the “rich” people get to buy one with more storage and more battery. It seems an odd thing to create a class difference over, battery size and storage space. Split the cost difference in half and give everyone the same version of the phone. I really feel bad for the kind of consumer who is willing to pay an extra $100 for a phone just to get an extra 16GB of storage space or $200 more to get an extra 48GB storage space. Because some people are willing to do it, manufacturers tier their phones in such a way. Choice and variety is a good thing, I get it, but sometimes I think there is unnecessary choice offered in an attempt to make extra money buy corporations. 32GB of storage does not cost the manufacturer an extra $100 and it shouldn’t cost the consumer that much either.

    Confusing rant over!

  4. Riley says

    Well it’s cool that AT&T get’s the 64GB HTC One, but I can still do well with the 32GB model. I’m really looking forward to trying the 1080p display that’s been talked about a lot. Since it takes a while to get there, I like to kill time while I’m on my way to and from work at DISH by watching my live and recorded shows on my phone. I can stream from my DVR wherever I am going with the DISH Anywhere app and I think it will work wonderfully on a full HD display.

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