Verizon HTC One Launch Takes Yet Another Twist

The demand for a Verizon HTC One is still out there but there still aren’t any clear signs of an impending launch despite several twists that have occurred in recent days including another that emerged today in the form of a deal that Verizon is hosting for the Droid DNA, a device that a Verizon HTC One would likely replace.

In February, HTC announced the new HTC One, a flagship smartphone with a 4.7-inch 1080p display, a quad-core processor, Ultrapixel camera that is capable of shooting good low-light photos, the new Sense 5 UI complete with BlinkFeed and Zoe, and a full metal design that rivals that of Apple’s industrial iPhone 5 design.

Read: Verizon HTC One Launch: May 22nd Still Possible.

The Droid DNA is free until May 21st for those that take advantage of a Verizon offer.

The Droid DNA is free until May 21st for those that take advantage of a Verizon offer.

The device has already arrived on AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile but rumors have surfaced pegging the HTC One for arrival on Verizon’s 4G LTE network at some point in the future. Neither HTC or Verizon have offered up any official information about a possible HTC One, instead saying that they are content with their current device, the Droid DNA.

The Droid DNA has long been believed to be the reason why Verizon held off on an HTC One at launch and it’s the device that would likely be replaced by an HTC One or another HTC flagship device. In a rather peculiar development, and one discovered by Droid-Life, Verizon is offering up a coupon through a referral program that drops the price of the Droid DNA down to free.

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It could be that Verizon is simply offering good will to consumers, or, it could be trying clear out stock in preparation for another device’s arrival.

Interestingly, the promotional period ends on May 21st, a day before Verizon and its COO are  set to take the stage at CTIA in Las Vegas and announce something. We’ve heard from one HTC insider who has said that the arrival of the Verizon HTC One is possible and that it will be coming in the “near future.” Earlier reports also pegged the Verizon HTC One as coming out a month or two after the other variants. The other variants arrived in late April, about a month prior to the May 22nd date.

So, given this new twist, a Verizon HTC One launch remains possible for May 22nd. There is also a possibility that Verizon could use the event to announce something Galaxy S4 related, it arrives on shelves the next day, and we know that Verizon has announced LTE plans at CTIA in the past. The carrier is expected to elaborate on its VoLTE plans sometime this year so it’s possible that May 22nd could be the date.

Of course, it’s not expected to roll that service out until the end of the year which means a CTIA event later in the year would make a little more sense.

At this point though, despite the Droid DNA promotion and the other unofficial signs that have cropped up, Verizon’s May 22nd launch date at CTIA remains a complete and utter mystery.

  

Comments

  1. Larry says

    Seems funny how sprint,,AT&T ,,, t mobile had it and why Verizon DON’T ??? I think I know, the big red v sucks!!! My t mobile HTC ONE out did my Verizon iPhone 5!!!! So there u got it!!!

        • Larry says

          I did complete a sentence , if u can read I said why Verizon don’t have the HTC ?? Heck sprint the worst of all has it, along with AT&T and t mobile!! Dude this is crazy I myself replied negative but so did you, face it you like Verizon and I don’t, I had Verizon with an iPhone 5 and it did not work and was laggy Verizon goes from LTE to 3G too much, so!! I went to t mobile and got a HTC ONE, and STAYS on 4g to me that out performs Verizon !! I do admit each carrier works better than others, I’m in souther California and Verizon does fade out a lot along apples restrictions on iPhones so I found t mobile no contract and service was a best match, do the math would you pay 120 for unlimited web, calls, text, pics etc and free roaming v/s Verizon paying 250 for only 2 gb and only 1400 mins and 500 text?? That’s a 130 difference and NO contract plus sold my iPhone 5 64 gb on eBay for 500 so I think that’s a score! You have to admit if you had Verizon issues and maybe wated a Verizon HTC you would concider t mobile or any other carrier whom has the HTC .. That’s all, maybe I should have post it like this? Heck I’m 21 and voice a bit hard who don’t ?? This day and times.. Well good luck and I do hope Verizon will get the HTC to make others on Verizon happier with that than apple iPhone, iPhone 5 was my first iPhone , I’m used to android or windows mobile devices so I tried iPhone and was not a match!!

  2. Mark Wills says

    verizon is the best carrier. ever heard of the saying “saving the best for last”? they got the Note 2 last, the S4 last, and now the One. and yet Verizon still gets more sales on these phones every year. Can’t wait for the One on Verizon.

    • Christopher Brennan says

      I am done with Verizon. Their service used to be the best, but anymore I send a text to someone and they get it a few hours later. A few months ago they discontinued their New Every Two program, which would give you an additional $50 off when upgrading. They took my Unlimited Data away after they told me that I was grandfathered in. And now they are discontinuing their early upgrade program that would let you upgrade 3 months before your contract expired. Again, done with Verizon. AT&T has a way better selection of phones anyway, Verizon doesn’t even get most of the major phones that come out. I am also tired of them not announcing phones until the week they come out.

      • Larry says

        Thank you Some one agrees with me here Verizon WAS the best not not now, I had iPhone 5 Verizon and sucked now I have t mobile HTC ONE and stays on 4g Verizon don’t ya Verizon text don’t work that well it’s slow I hear ya!!

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