Verizon HTC One Remains MIA

The Verizon HTC One, which reportedly was going to make an appearance at Verizon’s event at CTIA 2013 in Las Vegas, remains missing in action as the carrier failed to show off the device on stage, leaving its arrival up in the air.

In the buildup to today’s Verizon announcement at CTIA, the eyes of both the media and consumers were squarely focused on the Verizon HTC One rumors that have cropped up many times over the past few months. Earlier today, a report claimed that the long-awaited device would finally make an appearance on stage, just a day before the Samsung Galaxy S4 release on Verizon. Turns out, that information was erroneous.

We could see a Verizon HTC One at the Verizon announcement.

The Verizon HTC One remains MIA.

Instead, Verizon took to the stage to announce a partnership with Viva Movil, going as far as to bring out Jennifer Lopez on stage to promote the new Latino-centric wireless service. The HTC One, which was thought to possibly be part of the show, failed to make a showing.

This of course means that the arrival of the Verizon HTC One is now up in the air. With no other media engagements in sight and the HTC Butterfly 2 rumored to be on the way, a device that could be the Droid DNA 2, we’re back to square one.

The only string of hope that consumers have is that noted HTC insider @LLabTooFeR has expressed that the device is still in the pipeline and that it’s coming out in the near future. Just how long remains unclear though. At this point, Verizon may instead opt to carry the HTC Butterfly 2, a device that would be a true successor to its current HTC flagship, the Droid DNA.

If the reactions from consumers are of any indication, Verizon may have a small window to launch this phone. With the Samsung Galaxy S4 now on shelves, the iPhone 5S and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Nexus on the way and an assortment of other HTC One options available, consumers are likely to be exploring their options.

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The Verizon HTC remains a complete mystery at this point though, but its non-arrival today should not be a surprise. Typically, we see devices leak out ahead of their launch, particularly on Verizon, so when and if a launch does take place, expect to see the device ahead of schedule. Whether a Verizon HTC One is on Verizon’s schedule though is now up for debate.

Comments

  1. Tony says

    Big whoop. Verizon and its anti-climatic drama. If you want the HTC One it is still available elsewhere. VZW isn’t the only show in town, although they, at times, want you to believe that.

  2. Henry says

    no they aren’t the only show in town thankfully. Unfortunately their network is one of the better ones in the area where I live. Great job Verizon for not releasing good phones as usual. Sigh really time to start looking into another carrier.

  3. Chris says

    HTC ONE???? You’re kidding; no announcement? Instead Viva Movile…..who cares! Stupid! The marketing people should be fired. Letting the media world walk away with the “announcement” being about the HTC One only to be disappointed??

  4. droth22 says

    I can’t believe how stupid verizon is. That was the most pathetic thing I’ve ever witnessed. When you live somewhere where ATT is the only other option, you feel screwed.

    • Dan Brown says

      LOL! Because the millions BORN here are illegal? Troll attempt=fail. Not to go too deep into politics, but you do know the entire SW quarter of the US used to be Mexico, right? So when that became a part of the US, there are now millions of Spanish speaking AMERICANS, right? You seriously need a lesson on culture… and BTW, Sprint caters to Latino’s too, as any solid company should!

  5. Stacey says

    SUCH BS!!! When your customers are demanding a product, it’s a good idea to produce it….not announce a partnership that 70% of your customers don’t care about!!! That was not worthy of CTIA announcement, no device announcement is a waste of my time!!

  6. DON ALVAREZ says

    Verizon made me so mad I supspended my contract….went to tmobile for the htc one …..phones amazing but network coverage sucked so i heard the rumors went back to vzw FOR NOTHING!!!!!

    • Larry says

      I did the same my t mobile htc one out performed my Verizon iPhone 5!!! The big red V sucks finally they are going down and no contracts at t mobile

  7. what now says

    and to think i could have gotten the dna for free yesterday, but i was hoping for the One today… damn.

  8. Kal says

    Quit dicking us around,Verizon. Either you’re going to carry the HTC One or not. Just friggin say so one way or another. This mystery shrouded in an enigma whether you are going to carry it or not has gotten real old.

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