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HTC has “Sold Around 5 Million One Smartphones” Since Launch

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While Samsung got done bragging about eclipsing the 10 million sales mark for the Galaxy S4 within a month, this morning, a report out of the Wall Street Journal pegs HTC as having sold “around” 5 million One devices. While that’s short of Samsung’s insane numbers, that’s still a fairly impressive number for a company that we all pegged as being all-but-done and who also suffered supply issues at launch. Keep in mind that their CEO Peter Chou did say that if this phone was not a success and help turn the company around, that he would step down. I’d say that at 5 million in about a month’s time, he could be safe. Then again, the company is reportedly in disarray, with executives and upper management leaving left and right

An anonymous exec who supplied these numbers said that “orders are pretty good so far and are still more than what we can supply.” They stated that once component shortages are resolved next month, they’ll really be able to tell if the One is doing well or not.

Keep in mind that both Samsung and HTC have been able to produce these sales numbers without their devices being available on Verizon. The Galaxy S4 became available today, almost a month after the rest of the world started selling it, while the One is currently not in the plans of America’s largest network.

We’re big fans of the One here at Droid Life. In fact, after our lengthy review, I purchased the unlocked version and have made it my daily device.

Via:  WSJ

  • S2556

    Does anyone know what is causing HTC delays? is it the aluminium body that is giving them a hard time? or display?

    • LionStone

      I believe it was shortage of the camera sensor.

      • mx

        Yeah, everyone stripped making 4 megapixel sensors about 8 years ago, so they are incredibly hard to find at this point.
        ;-)

        • mx

          Stopped making, damn auto correct.

    • LionStone

      I believe it was shortage of the camera sensor.

  • shugaman

    I am not buying that “5 million” number….You could barely get the thing 3 weeks ago in a store, yet to see anyone with one either. No way, I bet it is half that or even less #propaganda

    • ludmila

      stop trolling numbers don’t lie. this is sold numbers not shipped numbers like samsung that are setting on store selves

  • Adam

    My contract is up in two months. If there’s not a One on Verizon in that time I’m afraid I’ll have to switch teams.

  • yummy

    That’s a lot of units

  • MK17

    I don’t see why people hate on the HTC One. It’s the best iPhone clone that I’ve seen!

  • frankandsimple

    HTC >>> Scamsung

  • Dave

    Unfortunately for HTC, now that the Galaxy S4 is on the shelf, it will be the new feature in the store, and it essentially sells itself.

  • sith77

    YEA IMAGINE THAT NUMBER COULD BE MORE than doubled if verizon would have just carried the damn thing .

  • vs8

    Great news.

    About the upper management people leaving the company. I think it’s good. HTC needs to rebuild itself and with these people on board HTC almost died, or will die (which I hope doesn’t happen). HTC has an opportunity to find new blood and get back to be a top dog.

  • Derp

    I know this is off-topic but this person seriously gives these lame ass excuses as to why the iPhone is better

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/ican-5-features-iphone-users-take-for-granted-that-android-cant-match/

    • jak_341

      You can’t argue with some of the points. Android is fragmented. There are more malware threats on Android than iOS. The apps are nearly equal though. Most real apps developed by real programmers are released close to the same time frame. With that point though, there are places that do not release Android apps (my bank being one). They will not release an app because of the perception that Android is a malware infested wasteland. Yet they advertise their iOS app in commercials.

      • mk17

        Looks like Disqus broke and dropped 2 comments from 2009 into articles comments.

      • Diablo81588

        You have to be a complete moron to get malware on android.

    • boblobla

      Really? I just read that article and I’m not sure why you would consider timely software updates lame.

    • fc

      Regular software updates, lame.
      Malware protection, lame.
      Support for the disabled, lame.

      Uh huh.

  • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

    Wonder how all the bad press is going to affect sales? No much hope of future updates if the chiefs are leaving the tribe.

    • http://twitter.com/NKD11 Nitin Kumar

      Really? Why does that matter? Does anyone take the time to think that these guys are the exact same people that brought HTC to its knees? I hope HTC cleans house. It’s more like they were probably shown the door. One of them left to work for Nintendo, doesn’t sound like much of an upgrade to me.

  • DanWazz

    Glad to see HTC turning it around. Now get the Google Experience HTC One out there!

  • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

    Kellex, what network are you running your unlocked One on? I read somewhere it didn’t have complete T-Mobile support?

    • Travis Carroll

      Cory, from what I understand – the Unlocked US HTC One has these bands:
      HSPA/WCDMA: 850/1900/2100 MHz
      GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
      LTE: 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz (US)

      It does not have the 1700 band which is T-Mobile’s HSPA+.

      • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

        But isn’t T-Mobile moving HSPA to 1900?

        • Travis Carroll

          According to this: http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-5736

          They’re moving their underused 2G 1900 to 1900 HSPA+. That leaves me to believe that their HSPA+ will be 1700 and 1900.

          So once that move takes place, then you should be able to get HSPA+ on the Unlocked US HTC One.

        • http://twitter.com/NKD11 Nitin Kumar

          Not everywhere. You have to find out before pulling the trigger. I know in my area they are on the 1900 band

          • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

            How do you tell what area is running what band? Either way seems like a bad purchase if you intend o use it on T-Mobile and there already smallish network. Probably be best to buy their version.

  • http://twitter.com/tarund TarunD

    I just got $200 from AT&T after sending them my Verizon phones. I will also be loosing my previous employer discount from Verizon and considering the HTC One won’t come to Verizon anytime soon, should I just leave them to get on AT&T?

    • gokusimpson

      But…but….it’s the network

      • http://twitter.com/tarund TarunD

        I know. Having a difficult time deciding but LTE on AT&T is much faster compared to Verizon in Boston. And AT&T works on the T as well.

        • gokusimpson

          I think it’s only that fast right now because not that many people are on it. A lot of people are on Verizon so it’s not as fast. ATT probably will slow down sometime. ATT sucks in my area so I’m stuck

          • trwb

            Att has a competitive amount of people on their network. There are tons of people on Atts network and their lte is faster for me in my area. If you count hspa+, Att really does have the biggest 4g network. I like Att loads better than when I was on Verizon. All in though, I think no contract plans are the future.

          • http://twitter.com/tarund TarunD

            I agree with all of this.

          • Tim242

            Verizon’s LTE covers 95% of their network. That is bigger than at&t, even counting hspa+.

          • Travis Carroll

            There’s a difference between coverage and speed. While Verizon might cover more, AT&T has been shown to be faster.

          • Tim242

            Fast is fast. My experience in testing at&t’s hspa+, I inly got 2-4 down. I was getting about 20 on their LTE. Check out my Verizon soeeds on my S4

          • Travis Carroll

            What is your location?

          • michael arazan

            Great speeds, must be standing next to a tower

          • trwb

            There are hspa+ spots in places where Verizon only gets 3g coverage.

          • Tim242

            Very few, and only for about a few more weeks. HSPA+ is 3G, and in my tests, not much faster than Verizon’s 3G.

          • Tim242

            Very few, and only for about a few more weeks. HSPA+ is 3G, and in my tests, not much faster than Verizon’s 3G.

    • Blue Sun

      What was this AT&T buy back program you speak of? I’m in the same boat & would love to off load my Droid X, the wife’s old AT&T HTC device & a Thunderbolt for a few dollars.

      • trwb

        I think they give you $100 for any used smartphone

    • PhoenixPath

      Left VZW for T-Mob and The One. So far, so good.

      • ludmila

        i was with Verizon i left them 2 months ago been alot happier with t-mobile better service all around and i got the Htc one i just love the phone its really fast.

        • PhoenixPath

          You got the HTC One two months ago on T-mobile???

          ….mind if I ask how the heck you accomplished that feat?

          • George264

            he left Verizon two months ago, he didn’t say when he got the One

          • George264

            he left Verizon two months ago, he didn’t say when he got the One

      • Travis Carroll

        I would love to go to T-Mobile, but I just went into a store in San Francisco, ran three speed tests and each one was <0.5 Mbps

        • PhoenixPath

          WTF…In store???

          Their LTE hotspots not working that day or what??

          (Never trust in-store speed/signal results!!!)

          Although, usually, they swing in quite the other direction than what you got. That’s just bizarre….

          • Travis Carroll

            I’ve tried to find people in my area that have T-Mobile, but everyone I’ve talked to are on AT&T or Verizon. I wish I had a better comparison. I can’t even find other people running speed tests on T-Mobile in San Francisco.

          • PhoenixPath

            it’s funny…aan Francisco: Huge metro area – lots of potential users: No decent service on T-Mo. No sign of pending upgrades.

            New Prague, MN – 1 mile edge to edge, surrounded by farmland: HSPA+ and crystal-clear voice connections 20 mi. in any direction. Rumor of LTE within the next 2 months.

            …and VZW seems to be the exact opposite.

            Strange stuff, indeed.

          • LionStone

            I went in to an AT&T store in San Bruno and the lte speeds were about 40-50 down! But I’m pretty sure I get more consistent speeds across the board. Nevertheless I am willing to test drive a One to see how it does around the Bay Area and the Raleigh Triangle area on the east coast.

        • carlisimo

          I work in the Financial District in SF, and I get reasonable T-Mobile service (voice and HSPA+; I don’t have an LTE phone). My friends on Verizon get better service, especially on BART, but those on AT&T get worse coverage than I do.

        • carlisimo

          I work in the Financial District in SF, and I get reasonable T-Mobile service (voice and HSPA+; I don’t have an LTE phone). My friends on Verizon get better service, especially on BART, but those on AT&T get worse coverage than I do.

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  • Bob Buttons

    5,000,001 smartphones? That’s specfic!

    • jboogie1289

      I see what you did there. Heh heh heh heh!

    • PhoenixPath

      That was my first thought reading the headline. :-D

  • Stephen Freeman

    RELEASE TO VERIZON DAMMIT!

    • Tyler

      Oh if they had a black with red accents One on Verizon running the latest version of android they would have a winner on there hands.

    • Tyler

      Oh if they had a black with red accents One on Verizon running the latest version of android they would have a winner on there hands.

      • Stephen Freeman

        Verizon is so goddamn lucky I can’t switch carriers yet.

      • Stephen Freeman

        Verizon is so goddamn lucky I can’t switch carriers yet.

  • James_75

    Wonder how many more sales would have happened if this phone was also launched on el Verizon.

    • http://twitter.com/wynalazca Andrew Webber

      Especially if it was released a month ago. A month of being the best phone on the network would’ve gotten them quite a few sales.

    • abrego47

      i thought the same thing. it would have sold more on verizon

    • Eric

      I wonder how many more sales it would have if HTC marketed it better.

      • brad kou

        I wonder how many more sales it would have if HTC sold it shortly after their press conference and not a month ago.

    • Tech Pro

      They won’t sell more because ONE is on tight supply if not in short supply. This might be the reason Verizon does not want to have it yet because Verizon does not want customer to yell at them because HTC can’t make enough. Remember the original Incredible. Both HTC and Verizon got screwed by Samsung by holding back AMOLED display.

    • wagner

      I see what you did there…
      gracias