Mar 17 AT 5:39 PM Sean Riley 68 Comments

HTC comes up One carrier shy of a complete set in the U.S.

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HTC has confirmed via their official US Twitter account that Verizon won’t be carrying the HTC One. Their less than satisfying solution for Verizon customers is to check out the Droid DNA. While we really enjoyed the DNA that doesn’t change the fact that technology marches on and the HTC One clearly brings more to the table than the DNA has to offer.

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I am enjoying the scrappy attitude that HTC has shown in the last few weeks and their #theNextBigFlop tweet was worth a chuckle, but it’s all for naught if you can’t put the product on the shelves for a third of the U.S. cellular market.

Now the tweet obviously leaves open the interpretation that Verizon has just insisted on a Droidified version of the One. Considering we were already expecting the One to hit Verizon a bit later than the rest of the carriers this would come as no surprise. With that said the One’s design is amongst its most talked about features so anything more than a black and red skinning will be a blow.

I’m not encouraged, but I refuse to give up hope yet as HTC still owes me for the travesty that was my Thunderbolt and bringing a compelling version of the One to Verizon would be acceptable payment. Droid DNA+ has been bandied about as a possible name, but for those of you Verizonites that are holding out hope for a One on Big Red with me what name would you like to see them slap on it?

Source: @HTCUSA

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • deadsix

    If HTC wants to compete with Samsung it has to have the same name on every carrier: HTC One

    • Dana

      Iphone 5 is available on verizon network (i have the iphone). I dont need another phone from an unknown company.

      • Odie

        Unknown company? You’re only adding to the negative stereotype that most iPhone users are sheep that simply follow whatever Apple says. If you’re going to troll, at least try to make it a little difficult for people to tear your comments to shreds. HTC makes powerful, high qaulity phones that rival, and sometimes surpass, the quality of iPhones. They just can’t seem get over their identity crisis and figure out how to market the products.

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      • Jon

        Can’t tell if trolling…

    • Hector

      I really love this phone. Lets everybody send Htc an email showing our support for the phone then maybe we can have it on Verizon.

  • Luis E. Cornejo

    Thank you HTC for not listening to the people that says:”We need removable battery and micro SD card slot!” HTC…Why are you so much fu..ing g…y of not saying that Apple is the mo…erfu…ing company that told you that you can’t get removable battery and micro SD card in your flagships, because those mo…erfu…ers might ban your products if you do that? HTC, why you are so much fu…ing coward?? HTC, Just tell us Apple was responsible for you not listening to the people. AND finally, Apple, you are a mo..erfu..ing piece of sh…t!!

    • Paxmos

      Come down Luis…

      • Paxmos

        Can’t even spell. I meant Calm down Luis….LOL

    • Nate B.

      This phone is still pretty boss without that. You may not have a ad card but they come in a variety of storage values. Same as the iPhone. If anything it can use a bigger battery if it wasn’t gonna havea removable one but still HTC did an awesome job overall with this phone.

      • Luis E. Cornejo

        Yeah right man, and this year’s iPhone will definetly come with a 128GB option…

    • Hom0ncruse

      final nail in the coffin for HTC

    • ihatefanboys

      is this english ?

      • Luis E. Cornejo

        Nooo,it’s Chinese.

      • ihateyou

        seriously, you need to learn english if you don’t understand people.

    • subs

      No SD card on the Nexus either, right?

      Read up on the technical reasons of why you wouldn’t put in a removable card, get over that you think you need one, and reassess the ignorant ranting of your post.

      • Luis E. Cornejo

        Well… That’s true… at least the correct thing HTC did was to place a big storage for their ONE, but their big mistakes were:1)The horrible button arrangements they created. Only home and back buttons? WTF HTC? 2)They need to forget about thinner smartphones and put big batteries at least if they don’t want removable batteries in their flagships.

    • Jack

      why did Samsung listens to you and everyone and keep doing plastic phone?

  • Paxmos

    Calm down Luis…Can’t even spell…

  • Ronaldj666

    I doubt that Verizon will miss out on the HTC One. Perhaps they’re preparing the release of the “Droid” variant of the HTC One. We’ll see….

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      Verizon doesn’t care, but HTC should — marketing is what drives Samsung to the top of the market.

  • redraider133

    It’s a shame htc can’t get an untouched device on all carriers like Samsung did. Here’s hoping someday they can and really give Samsung some competition

    • swazedahustla

      Actually its a shame Verizon insists on having a specialized phone and not going along with the program with what HTC is trying to do. Kudos to HTC for standing their ground and telling Verizon get with it or don’t get one at all. No compromise. I like it.

      • reddragonman

        I personally feel that HTC should stick to their guns and not change anything or bend to Verizon. Customers are just going to be upset anyways that it takes longer for their variant is taking longer to update, or doesn’t get updated at all. The fewer models a manufacturer makes, the easier it is for them to justify keeping up with updates. If all manufacturers won’t bend to Verizon, it will weaken Verizon’s position as they will be stuck with older offerings for the Android crowd that is still on their network, and will drive away the enthusiasts that it hasn’t already lost, due to their inflexibility and overpricing.

        • subs

          uUnfortunately, whether based on principle or not… No phone on Verizon means no phone on Verizon, which is a miss for them.

          • josh

            not a ding for verizon it is still a loss for HTC… they do not have old raggedy phones… they will be getting the S4 which is direct competition and now all but guarantees that the S4 will make “the one”…number 2…if they are lucky

      • redraider133

        Unless htc caved and gives them a droid branded one. If htc does say no and doesn’t put anything on Verizon I say good for them, but if they cave and let Verizon get a droid DNA + with one like specs if I was htc I would have said no either an untouched one or nothing at all.

      • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

        Reading from some of the information online, it appears that a manufacturer can actually demand the carrier not to mess with its phone — but the carrier will then not pay for any marketing. If this is true, HTC is the one to blame for taking the bait, not Verizon.

  • uzunoff

    I think verizon will get a newer HTC phone, and hopefully it will have wireless charging.
    Seriously HTC did you forget about wireless charging for the One?

    • Luis E. Cornejo

      Does HTC have NFC in first place?? If they have them the One will definitely be able to make wireless charging.

      • uzunoff

        You are pretty much saying that any phone with NFC can have wireless charging?
        You don’t know what you are talking about Sir!!!

        • Luis E. Cornejo

          Of course, I know what I am saying. How about the Nexus 4 and the Nokia Lumia 920? Both have NFC and both are able to make wireless charging.

          • z0phi3l

            To counter you, the SGS3 has NFC yet it doesn’t have wireless charging, you don’t have to have one to have the other, the Palm Pixi din’t have NFC and had wireless charging

          • ihatefanboys

            lol you cant “make wireless charging” The phone either has the capability or it doesnt , and neither has anything to do with whether the phone has NFC or not.

          • subs

            Actually, I’ve read a few of your posts and can say with confidence you don’t know what you are taking about. HTC phones, for example, do have NFC.
            Enough. Stop ranting and flaming, pls.

    • Luis E. Cornejo

      Another point is that I just listened that HTC One will come to Verizon, but regrettably it will be under the Droid brand….

  • Jehu

    This happened with the Galaxy S2. It will have to sell really well on other carriers for Verizon to definitely carry the next. It seems like Verizon is in the business of “exclusives (Droids) or nothing (S2, HTC One).” They only get away with that because they’re the biggest and more powerful,

    • Luis E. Cornejo

      Verizon is the most arrogant carrier I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Google should do something in that case….

      • John

        Verizon’s arrogance is what pushed me out the door. In one way or another ALL carriers have their issues but big red is the worst (IMO), and they can kiss my casper white ass.

        • z0phi3l

          Verizon will be loosing the Droid name, how much you want to bet that once Google is really running Motorola all this Droid crap dies and they tell VZW to f off with their attitude

          • Luis E. Cornejo

            Sounds good to me, but if Google do that then Verizon will push and make marketing for other OS(s) that will not necessarily be Android. For example: TIZEN, BB10, Windows Phone, etc. And they will create similar marketing strategies such as the one they did for making the OG Motorola Droid be totally popular and make Android popular, too. Because at the end what Verizon could build, they will be able to destroy it if they want. I think the only strategy Google should take is to buy T-Mobile, buy a lot of spectrum, create their own carrier, and finally f..ck Verizon up in coverage.

          • Luis E. Cornejo

            Sounds good to me, but if Google do that then Verizon will push and make marketing for other OS(s) that will not necessarily be Android. For example: TIZEN, BB10, Windows Phone, etc. And they will create similar marketing strategies such as the one they did for making the OG Motorola Droid be totally popular and make Android popular, too. Because at the end what Verizon could build, they will be able to destroy it if they want. I think the only strategy Google should take is to buy T-Mobile, buy a lot of spectrum, create their own carrier, and finally f..ck Verizon up in coverage.

      • Austin

        Google had a horrible experience with the Galaxy Nexus on verizon
        I’m kind of happy that even the unlocked developer version won’t work on Verizon’s network

  • Charlie

    The HTC One’s form factor and quality stands out above all other phones I’ve seen (including the Galaxy S4). I already think Verizon service is overhyped and that their prices are outrageous compared to other great providers. That’s why I’m GLAD they don’t carry this amazing phone. If Verizon’s greed is preventing them from carrying such a top quality product as it is, then that’s just another reason to dislike them more.

    In a perfect world, an informed consumer market would realize how great the HTC One is, and flock to other providers who are offering it. This would be a win for the underdog HTC and underdog providers, but unfortunately, the money Samsung has behind its marketing will probably outweigh any dent the HTC One will make.

  • Nate B.

    If Verizon wasn’t so into branding and trying to own everything HTC would include them. Verizon actually messes up the android market with these moves. This won’t hurt HTC though but it could’ve been really big for Verizon being they have awesome coverage and all.

  • KC

    In HTC website, the hardware specs for the HTC One mentioned that it has Wifi 802.11ac and using the Snapdragon 600 quadcore processor. As Qualcomm announced just recently that its Wifi 802.11ac standard and its newest RF360 for variable LTE bandwidth are only available for its coming Snapdragon 800 processor later this year, just what Wifi 802.11ac chip is HTC using?

    Is HTC incorrect about its AWifi 802.11ac standard for the HTC One?

  • Paul Atreides

    HTC has to make them regret passing on this device. .

  • Nathan D.

    Man, that sucks a lot for Verizon people.

  • joe kimball

    I wonder, the reason 4 no HTC ONE at verizon-less,I think this device would b a big seller, but what do I no I have this Co. And an sg3. Drink Regularly!

  • subs

    HTC is “scrappy”? They have some challenges with Samsung, to say the least, but I wouldn’t call’em scrappy.

  • kelltrash14

    I really wish Verizon would just let them have the One. I may forgive them if they release this as the DNA + and have it be exactly the One but with larger battery

  • Andrew Ensley

    Heck, I don’t care what they call it, as long as it’s on Verizon.

  • Andrew Ensley

    Ummm… why did HTC delete their tweet?

    https://twitter.com/HTCUSA/status/312646476293627904

    Please, oh please, oh please let it be because the staff person who posted that was wrong!

  • Paul

    HTC deleted their tweet and it’s now confirmed that Verizon WILL be getting the HTC One, just 2 or 3 months after the first 3 carriers. I think they’ll be rebranding it Droid something, but under the hood it’s still an HTC One. But at least they’re getting it.

    • rushdamian

      Can you please provide a link to the source of this info? Thanks in advance.

  • donger

    Makes sense.

  • rond

    I think Verizon actually lucked out and is doing HTC a favor. They can’t seem to get the camera modules for the One, but should be able to get cameras for DNA’s. So Verizon has a HTC phone to sell and HTC at least has a few DNA’s they can sell until they solve there supply problems.

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