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Random Rumor: HTC Rep Stops by a Sprint Store, Pulls Out Verizon HTC One Running 4.2.2

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Hypebeast tank tops on? The HTC One on Verizon rumors won’t seem to die, and we’ve got another random one to toss out this afternoon, the day before Verizon takes the stage at a press event at CTIA. According to an XDA member who works for Sprint, their HTC rep stopped by this afternoon to check on things and happened to have a special device tucked away in his pocket. When asked about the 4.2.2 update for the Sprint version of the One, the rep reached for a second device, which he claims to be the Verizon version already running 4.2.2. This tipster mentioned that the device had the 4.2 notification toggles, likely similar to what we saw in the leaked 4.2.2 ROM for the HTC Butterfly.Β 

So what does this mean? It could be a troll or it could be the first sign of something we have all been waiting for – the HTC One on Big Red. Keep in mind that Verizon really does have a press event scheduled for CTIA tomorrow that we’ll be at, but there have been no hints suggesting that HTC has anything to do with it, thus far. HTC is doing a little press get-together at CTIA this week, however, lots of companies do PR parties without announcing anything significant.

Then again, didn’t HTC say only a week or so ago that when they announce a new product for Verizon, they’ll “make a big deal about it”? Why yes they did. They also can’t seem to find a way to fully put to bed rumors of the One coming to Verizon, so don’t rule anything out.

We know that a device under the codename DLXPLUS with Verizon brandingΒ and similar specs to the One is alive and making its way through the certification process. We also have multiple reports out of AllThingsD which suggest the One is indeed coming to Big Red.

One thing is for sure, we’ll know tomorrow at 11:00AM Pacific if Verizon’s event has anything to do with HTC.

Via: Β XDA

Cheers Mike!

  • Skittlez

    Nope. asked my HTC rep friend and she said Verizon didn’t want it.

  • KewlDawg

    I do have my doubts…. an HTC rep would seriously jeopardized their job, by showing off a true Verizon HTC One in public. Especially to Verizon’s competition.

  • fritzo2162

    They were going to announce the HTC Number 2, but the phone was crappy.

  • Mark Schleupner

    Unfortunately, if Verizon DOES get it, it will probably be lesser than the other carriers: i.e. 16GB of memory vs 32GB, which will render it as useless as the Droid DNA. According to HTC, it was Verizon that forced them to make the DNA 16GB – remember the Butterfly was 32GB. It left the DNA with 11GB of free space after the system and bloatware. They want you to use the cloud and rack up that data usage.

    • Chris

      Yeah I actually would have gotten the DNA months ago, if it was not for the sole fact that it only has 16gigs

  • Eric

    For what it’s worth, which may not be much since I can’t show proof, I’ve seen the Verizon One, complete with Verizon branding and LTE logo on the back right near the beats logo. No front branding except HTC which is surprising. My source showed me the hboot, whichit was branded M7 , and the fact that it wad s-off. Pretty neat. The boot animation was a little different, as after the HTC one logo it was just a white background with a Verizon logo like coming up from the bottom. Kind of generic, but simple and cool.

    • Eric

      And idk why my name is showing as Eric hahaha

  • Dain Laguna

    whatever is coming to verzion…i’ll be shocked if its the ‘one’. history tells us they’ll change the color scheme, bloat it up further, and brand it a droid something-or-other.

    what a shame.

  • Daistaar

    Tomorrow’s event announcement: HTC Second coming to VZW Q4 with a 1.2ghz Qualcomm chip and Android 4.1.2. Lucky us!

  • I just hope that rep i spoke wi h the other day is actually the one guy that knows what he is talking about.

  • Trevor

    I bet the rep actually had a Thunderbolt 2.

  • Armorthane

    Without a removable battery I won’t even consider it. My RAZR MAXX is 16 months old and after the Jelly Bean update battery life now sucks! Combination of the update and the battery getting older. Appears I’m going to have to buy the S4 unless something else close in specs comes out with a removable battery.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    I was at VZW Yesterday looking around. One of the reps came by and was trying to sell me the new S4 on preorder. Told him I have a Nexus and was really waiting for another one of those. That’s when he informed me that the N4 and One were both in Cell-Brite and he thought that they would have them. Gave me a little hope for something good coming to VXW and not just the S4. I can wait a few months but figure the end of summer cones along with no news on a nexus and I will take my five lines and go elsewhere. Hope this guy was onto something though.

    • Tim242

      Cellebrite is just the machine to transfer contacts. It has all phones in it.

      • Patrick Crumpler

        I thought I heard that in the past. Man VZW has a crap lineup right now.

  • I-Troll-U

    I already gave you all a hint πŸ˜‰

  • George264

    if it comes to Verizon and Verizon continues the way they push out updates, I might rethink leaving.

  • Chris

    The comments on this post are funnier than the comments in the stupid Yahoo articles. I can’t stop laughing, lol.

  • Jason Kahn

    Verizon’s Version will get Half the RAM, 8GB of storage and a 30% smaller battery, but cost 25% more than on any other carrier.

    • and have a verizon logo in place of the HTC one in between the Home and back keys

      • Jason Kahn

        Good call, I had forgotten what they did to the Note 2

        • This should be obvious

          Spend a day with the Verizon Note 2 and you don’t even notice the logo on the home button… Have had this device for 4 or 5 months and the only time I so much as notice the logo is when someone references it in the comments of DL. If you get the opportunity to use the Note 2 for a day, you will realize that the focal point of this device is the screen, not the meaningless home button.

          • Tyler Cameron

            A button that serves a specific function shouldn’t have some other word on it. It’s against the rules of good design. Design should be simple and obvious. To someone who’s never used an Android phone before or a smartphone, what might they think a button that says “Verizon” does. It hints that it can bring them to a Verizon page, a Verizon app, or something that makes Verizon charge them more. Would you think it’s okay to write “menu” on a home button? yes, that’s a different level of confusion and stupidity, but it’s the same principle.
            It’s a BUTTON, that means it does something, it shouldn’t have a label on it that indicates that it will do ANYTHING but what it’s function is.

            And besides that, if there’s gonna be Verizon logos plastered all over it, they should drastically reduce the price of either the phone itself or the bill and consider it paying their customers for advertising space.

  • It was CM 10.1 with a Sense theme!


  • InvaderDJ

    I desperately want to leave Verizon, but at the same time I don’t. I console myself with the thought that nothing interesting has come out on Verizon since the RAZR HD but this phone would be tempting.

    If Verizon doesn’t butcher it, and it comes with 4.2.2, and it has a bootloader that can be unlocked either officially or unofficially I might break down and stay.




    • Chris

      Me too. Hopefully they’ll extend the “trade in your smartphone for $100” deal. I’ll trade my Rezound for $100 (or sell it on Amazon for like $140) and then get this bad boy!!!

      • Tim242

        That is at&r. But, Verizon always buys back phones for credit.

  • Codeman

    If verizon announces the one tomorrow.. I’m getting a payment plan from Verizon.

  • macewank

    rumor on the internet, better blog it!

  • Shadowstare

    4.2.2 on my DNA better be coming soon. FTW!!

  • Dave

    If by “Hyperbeast” you mean a device with virtually identical specifications to about 6-8 other devices available when it launches, then this would be accurate.

  • dannyWHITE

    Dont care if Verizon were to release an HTC One, I am NOT signing another 2 year contract with that company!

    • aQuickBit

      Wow I’ve never heard that before. Thanks for adding such an insightful comment.

  • Will C Carr

    You could probably tell from the big Verizon logo they printed in the center of the screen.

  • fartbubbler

    if they announce this tomorrow, it might change my Thursday plans of getting the VZW S4

    • th3m1ke

      I had the same idea until I went to Best Buy and played with the S4 and HTC One (both non VZW at the time, but still gives you an idea) and while I was mentally sold on the HTC ONE, after playing with them I was swayed HEAVILY towards the S4. Features, functions and screen were all much nicer than the One. It also felt better in my hands.

  • Ronaldo


    • aQuickBit

      Red aluminum with black or white accents would be beautiful/striking.

    • Azn_Android

      You are the funniest troll on here.

  • trophynuts

    lol what is funny is that by the time it does launch on Big Red it will be old tech

  • hatboysam

    I want this to come out tomorrow so badly.

  • eli

    “to check on things” yeah……… I bet

    • Tim242

      I used to work in a Sprint store. I now work for another carrier. The HTC and Samsung reps do stop by just to “check on things.”. They also bring us SWAG.

  • Daniel

    Would be nice if it had the mythical MicroSD port

  • This phone is already outdated. NEXT.

    • tyguy829

      Uhhh if this story is true, it would be the best hardware currently available running the absolute latest version of android. How much more up to date can you get?

      • Tim242

        You seem to be confusing aluminum with good hardware.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Funny thing is I’m pretty sure he’s talking about internal hardware. Since there is nothing better. Only similar in the S4

      • Needs 16 cores

        • Nick Klenchik

          Infinity MP camera

          • Infinity Ultra Pixel Camera

          • aQuickBit

            212 GB of RAM for XTREME MULTITASKING!

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    If so, then I might end up getting his phone. I don’t think a Nexus on VZW is possible now, and as long as it can be ROM then I’m good

  • Bob Buttons

    Can I play Xbox One on my HTC One? Maybe stream it to my Samsung One television while I sit in my La-Z-Boy One chair.

    • Warwick

      LOL. when I heard about the Xbox ONE

    • mustbepbs

      XBOX, GO HOME.

      BAD DOG!

  • Spoken Wordβ„’

    You guys should rename the site “Rumor Life” because honestly that’s about all you ever post.

    • Sirx


      I dunno, keeps things interesting!

    • Warwick

    • No it isn’t…

      • Tim242

        At least they label their rumors well.

  • Bob

    I call FACKWORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bob

      How you like me now Kellen… How you like me now?

    • As they say in the metalsucks.com comments, “shut up bob”

  • I’ll wait for apple to adopt android before going back to big red. Done.

    • Diablo81588

      I’ll stay with big red before I ever move to any of the other useless carriers.

      • Nick Klenchik

        My wallet disagrees with this statement.

        • Diablo81588

          My lighter wallet assures me that I will have a usable signal everywhere I go.

          • Nick Klenchik

            In my area, AT&T is stronger than big V, but tomato/tom-ato

          • Well att isn’t that much cheaper than verizon so I don’t see your point

          • Rian

            Don’t you mean Tim-a-to?

          • aQuickBit

            It is a nice change of pace to see someone actually dare I say it, not totally rip on Verizon. Every damn thread has “well this is the last time I ever stay with big red”, “god Verizon is awful, T-Mobile and AT&T for the only smart consumers no doubt”, etc. Yeah every company has their flaws, especially in a duopoly or oligopoly, but damn out in rural country nowhere, Verizon is the only option for LTE which is amazing considering ATT will lose phone 2G service every now and then.

  • JetBlue

    Hate to say it but an HTC One on Verizon is about as real as the X Phone right now

    • X Phone is real, only it’s the XFON. πŸ˜›

      • Dylan Patel

        It’s real but not anything close to what everyone has been saying it was.

        • Tim242

          Yeah, the leaks have depressed Bionic.

          • ReturnOfTheMack

            But..but Sarge never lies…

  • I-Troll-U

    Wouldn’t happen to be in the Seattle area would it πŸ˜‰

  • Ryan Phelos

    I’ll wait for the HTC Two

    • I think it will either be HTC 2 or HTC One Squared with the little two on top πŸ˜›

      • Diablo81588

        HTC One^2

      • akazerotime

        The all new HTC One S

      • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

        And the Verizon version will be the HTC 2 Late

      • Tyler

        Definitely not One squared that would still be one πŸ™‚

        • Rian


      • chris125

        HTC One+

      • michael arazan

        HTC ∞ (infinity) or

        1∞ (1 to the power of infinity)

        • Rian

          again… 1 raised to infinity would still be 1

          • jhouk

            Which would make sense because in the end it’s going to be the exact same One, but it just took a lot longer to get there.

    • Eric

      HTC One+

      • He was referring to taking a One+ and duct taping a one to it.

      • Chris Hannan

        I guess next year they’ll release an HTC On then an On+ and so on until we’re left with just an H. They are just taking the last letter off each year, right?

    • Yoderz

      HTC Deux? Or is that too Motorola?

    • Tim242

      It’s the HTC ONE II, get it right! Haha

      • sc4fpse

        The real killer device will be the HTC One II Step, promoted by Missy Elliott.

      • michael arazan

        HTC 3, 2 , One

    • It’s the Optimus-Nexus-xbox-HTC-Ronix One… II

    • chris125

      No thanks htc doesn’t have a good track record and everyone leaving doesn’t seem good either http://bgr.com/2013/05/22/htc-business-strategy-criticism/

  • Damian

    Hopefully soon?