It’s possible to make a smartphone that’s compatible with all four major carriers in the US. Look at the Moto X Pure Edition and the new Nexus devices, which can go between AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon at will. HTC was hoping to achieve the same thing with the unlocked One A9, but unfortunately those plans have fallen through.
HTC has officially announced that it will not be bringing Verizon support to the One A9 following extensive testing. Either Verizon wasn’t happy with the idea, or the company just couldn’t get it to work well enough for release (the latter is more likely here). It’s a shame, but HTC is willing to make it up to those who already bought the device ahead of time.
HTC is committed to providing the best experience for all of our device owners. Following extensive testing, we are unable to support the Verizon network with the Unlocked HTC One A9. For individuals on the Verizon network that ordered the Unlocked HTC One A9 on HTC.com, we will refund his/her order and provide a 20% discount on any current HTC phone or future phones launching through Dec. 31, 2016. Individuals may contact HTC Care at 1-888-216-4736. We regret any inconvenience.
If you’ve already purchased the device in hopes that Verizon support would be added through an update, you can get a full refund and a 20% discount on any HTC device until the end of the year. It’s definitely a good move by HTC, and puts some faith in the company. How many of you were hoping to use the A9 with Verizon? Leave a comment!