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HTC One on Verizon is Official, Coming Later This Summer

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Verizon has confirmed it, the HTC One is official for their 4G LTE network and arriving “later this summer.” No other details were made available this morning, but the speculation can be put to rest. The phone is coming, though we don’t know an exact date or price.

Also, this confirms that the name will be HTC One, not DROID DNA+ or something along those lines.

Who’s excited?

Via:  @VZWNews

  • Michael

    I’m going to buy this and if the xPhone is that phenomenal I’ll ditch this.

    • Jack

      what x phone don’t hold your breath the x phone is a big disappointment

      • Adam Collins

        Seriously, knock it off.

  • Mordecaidrake

    Unless it launches with a Nexus experience, pass. The phone will be 6 months old by the time it finally hits Verizon haha

    • chrismalone

      Could have 4.2 on it. You never know.

  • yummy

    I am always excited when
    they make it hard to choose a
    new phone. Great specs, stock android,
    no bloatware, weatherproof, enough storage,
    big enough or removeable battery.
    Am I asking too much?

  • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

    So glad that I got the DNA for free. Now I can always switch to the X or the One if I really think it’s worth it (tbh, I don’t. Free DNA is soooo good, even with Sense).

  • NyReynolds

    So this is what HTC considers a big announcement?

  • Finire

    I think the general consensus is “Screw you Verizon”

  • MichaelFranz

    Any takers on how many “Verizon 4G LTE” logos there will be, and size? :)

    • BRIAN MUENTER

      They’re going to take off the HTC logo on the front… thats where LTE will go… It will fit perfectly… 3 letters for 3 letters

      • Finire

        Don’t forget about that sleek looking back… It wouldn’t be the same without a 2″ Verizon logo on it.

  • BRIAN MUENTER

    Can’t wait!!! Just might actually get it

  • Brian

    i’m excited!!!!

  • Jimmy Perez

    Wouldn’t be surprised if it comes in as “The Verizon One” and slap a huge logo in the front

    • Tyler Casilio

      Doubt.

    • michael arazan

      Sickening to think they Replace the HTC logo with the Verizon and checkmark instead, and they could if they wanted too.

  • John

    Should I buy this or wait for X phone???

    • Jack

      buy the HTC one. what x phone don’t hold your breath the x phone is a big disappointment

    • Yep

      How does one get downvoted for asking a friggin question? John asked a legitimate question. Some of you need to wait until hair grows in your nether regions before you’re allowed to use the internet.

      John, personally, I am waiting for the XPhone. Yes, there is a significant amount of hypebeasting taking place, but the leaks that I have seen so far are at least enough to pique my interest. You can always go another route if Xphone doesn’t blow your hair back.

      Jack, who seems intent on spamming this thread anywhere XPhone is mentioned, will not offer up anything to back up his claims of it being a disappointment, and should therefore be ignored (see: above note about having gonad hair before being allowed to use internet).

      • SA_NYC

        It seems likely that we’ll get details on the X before the One launches, so you’ll have a lot more info to go on.

    • un-biased_user

      If you are wanting to buy a phone un-sunsidized to keep unlimited data, buy an xphone. this is what i am doing, you will get the best phone for the cheapest price and keep unlimited data in the processs.

      • Skittlez

        no one knows about the price at all. it’s still a rumor. all i’m saying is, don’t get your hopes up

        • un-biased_user

          I agree to this, I am trying to wait and see. I would like a phone that is a nice phone but cheaper un-subsidized, like the x is rumoroed to be. I am going to keep unlimited data no matter what, hoping that the x will be reasonably priced, or a new nexus. If the s4 google edition would have come to verizon probably would have had a hard time not buying it. My poor Thunderbolt has seen better days.

    • EC8CH

      If you’re a fan of stock android and prefer on screen buttons I’d wait to see the Moto X. If those things aren’t important to you then jump on the One.

      Other things the X might have over the One is bigger battery, new fangled awareness sensors, and possibly a more rugged design. But all those things are subjective and only rumor at this time.

  • Michael

    I want it NOW!

  • http://twitter.com/zbaltrip Zach B

    Droid-Life, you just made my week. Thanks for kicking Monday off right :-)

  • Bionicman

    so much for big announcment!

  • Nick Norman

    Meh! The S4 has made its way into my pocket and there is no looking back.
    The S4 is an epic phone!

    • Jack

      no thanks the htc one is million times faster than s4 go watch youtube videos and the s4 has the worst screen green tan you cant see anything in the sun. the s4 is laggy and has horrible speakers. the htc one is best phone ever made.

      • Tim242

        The One has the largest bezels and worst camera ever…

        • Jack

          the Samsung s4 camera sucks you cant seep anything at night and its damn blurry and the phones is super ugly and cheap like a 99 cent calculator from the 99 cent store.

          • Tim242

            The S4 is made up mostly of Gorilla Glass 3, the one just has Gorilla Glass 2. The S4 camera has beat out every phone camera, in every comparison. It takes great night pics in night mode. It has the smallest bezels of any device, while the One has the largest

          • Jack

            the s4 with night mode its sucks so bad don’t get me started my brother returned his

          • Tim242

            This picture begs to differ. http://db.tt/qNXqVoUO

          • Jack

            thats not night pictures at night samsung sucks so bad its garbage

          • un-biased_user

            jack is being paid by htc to spam threads, so that he can “shift” the digital cage and push the birds to change their opinion on HTC.

          • cmon man

            this is supposed to show good night mode? are you serious?

          • Tim242

            Yes. A low light picture at dusk..n

          • Skittlez

            OH, so the ducks are black, the trees are black, and the plants in the water are black?

          • Tim242

            Are you serious?

          • Tim242

            A low light pic is supposed to depict a realistic view based on available light. A bad pic would have been pitch black

          • Skittlez

            i’m sure the HTC One still gets better low light pictures. Only everyone that’s reviewed the phone has said it, as well as pictures i’ve seen. and i like both the S4 and the One. But in the case of these 2, i’d have to say i think the One is better. those speakers are impressive as F***

          • LionStone

            Just about any smartphone will get those results, however, an f/2.0 will let in just a little more light. No flash and without Night Mode, I only cropped it. a wall at Gonzos Taco n Tequila :-)

          • LionStone

            Oh Timmy, still trying to convince us about that camera…its fine, but certainly not the best! They used a f/2.6 on the S3! And just recently refined it to f/2.2 on the S4…while I’ve been using a better sensor and f/2.0 lens on my DNA for over 6 months now. If they had also, your evening pic would have been a little better :-)

            Also, the dimensions are pretty close to the same between the ONE and S4 (ONE- 137.4 x 68.2 x 9.3mm / S4- 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm) For my preference, I’d rather sacrifice a bit of screen for 2 Boomin’ ass speakers, for better sound and call quality since I use my speakerphone a lot…rather than a tiny bit bigger AMOLED screen with a PHYSICAL button under it :-)

          • Adam Collins

            You’re copy-pasting your ignorant replies from comment to comment. I agree the One is better but seriously, knock it off you’re embarrassing yourself.

      • Nick Norman

        Please, tell us how you really feel. To each his own!
        I hope the HTC One gets at lets ONE update before its forgotten by HTC Like most of their phones.
        Plus, Youtube videos of phones are great!

      • un-biased_user

        jack is being paid by htc to spam threads, so that he can “shift” the digital cage and push the birds to change their opinion on HTC and their products.

  • dannyWHITE

    too late….I already switched to AT&T and i’m not looking back!

  • Sb_81st

    h3ll yes

  • chris125

    You whine they don’t have it now you whine they do. Can’t please people like you…

    • Ian

      He can be pleased. Have the phone available at release. Done.

      • EC8CH

        Yes.

        This whole thing shows how screwed up smartphones are because of carrier control over hardware in the US. The sooner it’s fixed the better for absolutely every one except for two companies… Verizon & AT&T.

    • Dominick White

      maybe he is one of the people who jump ship , because they thought the One wasnt coming to Verizon

      • Nucking_Futz

        I actually closed my second Verizon line and purchased the One on Tmobile for full price about two weeks ago. I am now comparing Verizon and T-Moblie coverage, and it seems that the difference is not enough to warrant the premium I am paying on Verizon. I am also no the only person I know to do this. Your point about letting people know is valid. I would have waited as I have a perfectly functioning Note 2 for Verizon that is not being used.

        • Dominick White

          Tmobile is fine , if you are a person that doesnt travel at all or lives in a major city

          • PhoenixPath

            I do not live in a major city and frequently travel between major cities in the upper midwest.

            T-Mobile is fine. In fact, I get fewer service outages than I did with VZW. (I may not get LTE everywhere, but I have yet to drop lower than HSPA+ and I can actually use the phone as a phone, so…compromises.)

            The whole “T-Mobile has horrible coverage” bit is not quite as true as it used to be…

          • Diablo81588

            Tmobile has EDGE coverage anywhere outside of major cities or major interstates. You obviously haven’t been very many places.

          • PhoenixPath

            *laughing*

            Right. Ok, then. You either didn’t read my post or don’t believe me.

            *shrug*

            But yeah, hey; I’ll just go ahead and take your word over my own personal experience.

            Yeah. I’ll just do that… /smh

          • Dominick White

            Then guess you are just lucky. But on the east coast unless you in a major city you get no service

          • PhoenixPath

            Well, I suppose “on the east coast” is a bit less generalized than “anywhere outside major cities”.

            I’d be surprised to learn T-Mo was focusing more on the midland than the coasts; but from what you just said and my own experience going between MN, WI, IA, and the Dakotas (more farmland than city in any of ‘em) that might just be the case.

            If they can manage to break it out more into the coasts it’ll be nice to see T-Mo become a bit more of a contender, that’s for sure.

        • PhoenixPath

          Same here.

    • MikeCiggy

      Well what Verizon and HTC did wrong was deny they were planning to have it. Buying a phone these days at Verizon means you have to lock into 2 years of a contract and plan to have that phone for 2 years unless you want to buy something else for full price. Buying a phone is an important decision and a hard one because of how important the device is to our lives.

      If Verizon would have confirmed it was eventually coming than some may not have purchased the s4. Or some may not have left Verizon for another company because they wanted the One.

      • chris125

        Well it’s Verizon so this is to be expected. And they are always a few months behind. People feel they “need” to have something the moment it’s released and then get all butt hurt.

        • MikeCiggy

          Not at all what I said. All I would like is when a company like HTC announces a phone Verizon should confirm if they will have it eventually or not. They should do this as soon as possible so we know what is in the pipeline before buying another device.

          • chris125

            Business 101, they want you buying devices not waiting months for something else..

          • MikeCiggy

            But there practice is so impractical. Either get the devices out faster (so people aren’t waiting) or suffer people waiting to get the phone THEY want.

            I feel as if phones now have their own niche with customers. It’s no longer just an accessory to your life it runs your life (contacts, calendars, crucial information, tasks, internet) The sales of these need to be looked at differently then say the selling of clothing.

          • PhoenixPath

            “they want you buying devices not waiting months for something else..”

            Exactly. So I did just that. I bought an HTC One on T-Mobile and dropped my VZW line.

            …oh, wait…that isn’t what Verizon wanted me to do??

          • chris125

            You think Verizon cares about one person leaving? Unless millions of people switch( which isn’t happening) they won’t change simply because users are happy with what phones they have. I don’t agree with Verizon but it’s not hurting them too much.

          • PhoenixPath

            Oh, chris…settle down, silly. No-one is disagreeing with you, ok?

            I never claimed it was hurting anyone. I simply found your comment amusing considering how the exact situation you claimed as their goal played out in my specific case.

          • john fragoulias

            So you went to a crappy network, only so you can use the HTC One, I don’t care what anyone says, but it’s not the hardware that makes the device, it’s the network. It’s not like you are buying a tablet or P, that you don’t need a good network to make your experience with named device an enjoyable one. T-Mobile is the worst carrier in the US, who almost pulled out of the US market, only for the AT&T fiasco that netted them free millions, and the Metro PC’s venture that is keeping them afloat, and their unlimited of crappy network monthly data plans.

          • florious80

            You are absolutely right, except there’s a possibility that they didn’t reach a deal until now, so they weren’t able to confirm anything before. I’m sure Verizon would announce the acquisition of flagship phones from manufacturers with fanfare because they want people to buy/sign up for contracts.

          • john fragoulias

            You need to understand, that that is not the way you run a business, if they did that with any upcoming device, they would not sell many of their current devices. No one forced you or anyone not to wait, or buy certain device. If you are not happy with your current purchase, sell it, then buy what makes you happy.

          • LionStone

            +100! I don’t put any stock into what any company says until it’s confirmed like today…

      • KleenDroid

        That’s one of the reasons I pay full price for the phones. That and the fact that my son used 19 gig in data since I got him his S4 and I used 7. I was shocked when I saw this this morning.

        Besides you have done well getting the S4. I love mine, and the roms are really pumping out.

        • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

          Woah, 19gb?!

          • KleenDroid

            Silly kids. Good thing I’m not on a shared data plan.

          • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

            I’m still on grandfathered unlimited also, but rarely go over 2gb!! Tethering though, I can imagine.

      • john fragoulias

        Verizon does not care about you or me, they care about their share holders.

      • Apostrafee

        Probably because they had no intention of carrying the One in the first place. The past how many HTC devices have failed in sales for them so why would they carry another one? Now they see that there is in fact a demand for the device they’ll carry it. Makes sense to me. Verizon only cares about sales numbers and dollar signs period (says captain obvious)

  • Tim242

    So that’s two confirmed lies from HTC, in recent weeks. You cannot trust them.

    • Rolando

      AND THEN THERE IS GOING TO BE A RED ONE! AND THEN YOUR HEAD WILL EXPLODE! A AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    • Jack

      Samsung paid student troll

  • Sean Plantz

    Very nice, Verizon needs to be on the ball a bit more though, waiting for something that has the looks performance and retarded long battery of my Maxx HD. So far, only the enormous notes come close on the battery front.. no thanks!

  • troy studnicka

    I would be interested to see what the Moto X has to offer but what I’ve heard so far is that it has inferior specs to the GS4. I’m not going backwards in specs tell you that

    • un-biased_user

      I highly doubt a phone being released this fall will have lower specs. it will probably have the new snapdragon 800 as a guess.

  • inzandity

    I am really happy with my S4. Verizon was obviously waiting for the buzz of that to chill before announcing the One though. Not to mention that I probably won’t touch another HTC after the Thunderbolt. I always vowed I wouldn’t buy another HTC after that…

    • Ronaldo

      HTC alienated a lot of potential future customers with the Thunderbolt and the Incredible 2, and nothing but lies and empty promises about updates “coming any day”. I made the same vow you did, but after getting a close up look at the One a few days ago I’m tempted to go back on my word. Instead I’m going to try to hold out for the Moto X.

      • Weber

        I had both of those phones :-/

        • Yeppers

          I HAVE both of these phones. TBolt personal, DInc2 work.

          • Weber

            haha ok, let me clarify as well…I’m currently using my DInc2 because my GNex is broken. I get about 30 seconds on-screen time before it crashes. I’d switch to my TB, but I just turn off my phone and enjoy the solitude.

      • Zach Armstrong

        The Incredible 2 was a joke of a phone HTC never even gave it ICS just lies about it was coming soon I ditched it for a Gnex

  • T4rd

    I metaphorically hate them too.

  • Deylune

    well Verizon it’s about effing time and i cant wait to purchase it in Silver

  • Bart Burroughs

    I was seriously considering switching to a carrier that had this phone. now I don’t need to and, as much as I don’t really like Verizon, I have used the other carriers and like them even less so at least I won’t need to make that decision.

  • lesprince

    Is probably gone to only have a 16g version available on Verizon so they can rape you on data usage lol

    • Bob Buttons

      That’s what I was thinking. I’m very interested in this phone but won’t settle for less than the 64GB version since it’s without an SD slot.

    • Deylune

      it has been said that the One for Verizon will have 32GB of internal storage

      • http://twitter.com/zbaltrip Zach B

        Would be perfect with 32GB. Most of us did just fine with that on our Gnex!

      • lesprince

        I hope so but Verizon’s past don’t speak well for them. I agree 32g is enough and definitely would get one with 32g but I can see Verizon saying the only way we’ll carry it is in a 16g version and HTC saying they need a couple months to get it manufactured.

  • EvanTheGamer

    YES!

    Well, looks like I might be getting the HTC One now instead of the SGS4(but still not sure yet). I’ll have to think about it.

  • Bob Buttons

    I’ll wait to see if someone gets the “Nexus Edition” version of the OS on it.

  • MichaelFranz

    While this is great news, the HTC One will be shadowed by the Moto X I think. I see Googrola doing a huge marketing push on this device. While the One has had a good marketing push so far, it still isnt comparable to what Moto has and will do.

    • Jack

      what x phone don’t hold your breath the x phone is a big disappointment

      • Skittlez

        not x-phone. Moto X which is still in the works

  • mjmedstarved

    ಠ_ಠ

  • Daniel S. Mead ceo of VZWinc

    lol @ the people that jumped on the S4 thinking the One wasn’t coming.

    • WickedToby741

      Chances are they’ll still receive better support. HTC’s track record for updates is a lot worse than Samsung’s. The S4 launched with 4.2. If I’m not mistaken all versions of the One are still straddled with 4.1.

      • Jack

        samsuck paid students what you expect..

    • Tim242

      The S4:is the far superior device. LoL@you : )

      • Jack

        samsuck paid students what you expect.

    • Sirx

      You should be lol’ing at HTC for the people who jumped on the S4 thinking the One wasn’t coming. My gf was one of them. I couldn’t recommend anything else to her, because I didn’t know if Verizon would have anything else.

      So lol @ HTC. Then shed a tear for them. smh

    • It’s Dan Mead again

      LOL that all of you are feeding the troll ….trollin trollin trollin ….

  • Nexus_FrEak

    Remove HTC logo… Insert Verizon logo

    • EC8CH

      Probably the reason for the Delay…

      J Lo’s been picking out the fonts and the colors for that replacement Verizon Logo

      • Jack

        you made my day :)

    • WickedToby741

      They had to make sure all of the bloatware fit, their persistent WiFi toggle worked, and they had proper placement of their logo on the front of the phone.

  • epps720

    I was waiting for Verizon to announce this but couldn’t wait any longer so bought the One off contract and am using Net 10 (was not a fan of paying full price). Been testing it out first before I cancel my Verizon G-Nex, So far so good and saving close to $30/month.

    • EvanTheGamer

      How do you like the HTC One compared to the G-Nex?

      • epps720

        It really is night and day, I’ve only had it for about a week but this phone is phenomenal. Incredibly fast, never a single hiccup. I have a young child and another on the way so picture quality is important to me, and the picture quality (indoors and outdoors) is amazing. The GNex always lacked in this area.

        The final thing is the battery, which sucks on the GNex, is much better on the One. Have had no issues lasting a full day with normal use. My concern is in about 12 to 14 months when the battery starts draining how it will hold up and the inability to swap it out. May have to invest in an external battery which will be annoying.

        • T4rd

          Unless you constantly completely discharge and charge your battery for the next 18 months, it shouldn’t be much of an issue. Lithium-Ion/Polymer batteries last much longer if you only partially discharge them before charging them back up. Under normal usage, it should only degrade at about 10%/year though.

          • Geoff Johnson

            You described the average person, pretty much everyone uses their phone everyday, and charges it from near empty to full at least once a day.

          • T4rd

            Me and all my co-workers keep chargers/docks on our desks, so our phones rarely go below 50% in a normal day. But I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that move around a lot and don’t have that option. If you spend a lot of time driving though, there’s no reason not to have a car charger/dock in your car if you care about using your phone for anything.

          • Geoff Johnson

            True, it’s just when you are out all day such as on a trip or somewhere you don’t have access to a charger.

          • Dino Rodriguez

            I purchased an external battery charger (Anker 10,000mAh) and I’m loving it! I’m never running to look for somewhere to charge. I simply go in my bag and plug it up! Love the freedom.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            Then there’s the people like me who have the Droid Razr…it goes from 100% to 60% in a whopping 35 minutes of MINIMAL usage!

          • epps720

            Ugh I had that phone for 2 weeks, not only was the battery bad but it used to get uncomfortably hot. Had to return it and pay the restocking fee or I would have chucked it out the window.

          • Diablo81588

            I use my phone all day, from 7am to 10pm and typically have around 50-60 percent left. Not all phones are drained by the end of the day.

          • Geoff Johnson

            Not sure how you can get that on a One, even if I rarely use my Note 2 and stay on WiFi all day it’s still at 40-50 percent by 11PM.

          • Diablo81588

            I’m not using a one. I have a Bionic with the OEM extended battery. My point was not all phones are dead by the end of the day.

    • jnt

      just don’t roam! ;)

    • TylerCameron

      Net10? Better off with T-Mobile Net10 and the parent company as a whole is just terrible.

      • epps720

        Yeah Net10 through AT&T, T-Mobile has horrendous service by me. I’d be better off using 2 tin cups and a string

  • Damian

    Poor DNA owners, including me.

    • Kyle Miller

      Sense 5 (HTC ONE based ROM) on my DNA right now minus the Zoe.

    • Dominick White

      I will still take my DNA over the One

    • Jesse S.

      Your dumb bro.. DNA is amazing phone and just as good .. i dont care about the metal body and crap.. the price for a DNA now is very nice .. using sense 5 with no issues jeje …

      • chrismalone

        It’s a port and it’s not perfect. Development on this device is slow and not everything works.

  • Bob G

    Just in time for it to be overlooked by better phones. Good job Vzw ugh.

  • htowngtr

    Would be awesome if they had it as another developer edition

  • dmagicp

    I wonder if we can get a One with stock Android for Verizon??

  • Jason Kahn

    So no confirmation what Verizon removed from the phone to make it distinctive, eg. Ram, Storage, smaller battery?

    • Jason Downing

      No confirmation of that, but it has been confirmed that they etched a huge Verizon logo into the screen making everything a bit harder to read.

      • Weber

        “This sticker is dangerous and inconvenient, but I do love fig newtons.”

    • Finire

      It’s not what they removed, it’s what they added… Crap loads of bloatware, and 6 months to any possible updates.

  • troy studnicka

    Um no you would be stupid to not buy it. I have it and I love it. It is superior to the HTC One. If you don’t want to add more space or want a removable battery then you’d get this phone but I sure in the hell don’t

    • Ian

      Umm…what?

      • troy studnicka

        I meant to say if you don’t want those features then get the HTC One lol

        • Ian

          Ah ok, gotcha now.

  • nate

    I have to wait to see if the moto x is good before I can get rid of it…

    • Chris Schmucker

      Yeah, i think that is the only thing holding me back now.

      • Rich Koos

        I mean we are all waiting anyway, we still don’t have a release date

      • MikeCiggy

        and that you have to wait until ‘later this summer’ for the One anyway

      • leenephi

        This.

        To you and your comment’s father and grandfather.

    • http://twitter.com/zbaltrip Zach B

      I heard the Moto X was only going to be a dual core? May be wrong, but if that’s the case then the One it is

      • Chris Schmucker

        You may be thinking of the “mid-range” version that just went through the FCC.

        • http://twitter.com/zbaltrip Zach B

          Correct good sir. Is that not the Moto X? I was under the impression that it was the device in question.

          • Chris Schmucker

            The device your thinking about has been labeled as the “XFone” by the FCC so your right, technically.
            I think Moto might try to pull a Samsung and release a “Mini” version.
            GS4: GS4 Mini
            Moto X: Moto X Mini
            Thats just a guess though. Something to aim at people that are looking for a mid-range device.

    • Blue Sun

      You’re gonna be waiting awhile. Didn’t you read this article? Verizon loves to slow play you.

  • gregmr

    Verizon confirms delay was due to integration of VCast Music app

    • Chris Schmucker

      Don’t forget VZ Navigator

    • WickedToby741

      Actually they are forcing HTC to change their logo on the front of the device to a Verizon logo. And when you press it it bills you an extra $0.10 to Verizon.

      • gregmr

        Like this?

        • WickedToby741

          Logo on the back is too small. And you forgot the billboard sized 4G logo like on the Note 2.

        • flosserelli

          Change “London” to “Verizon” and put $$ near the front logo, and it will be perfect

        • michael arazan

          The Big Question, Is It Coming to Vive Mobil?

          • sc0rch3d

            how dare you disgrace viva movil?!?!?! :)

      • Blue Sun

        You forgot to mention that it bills you an extra $0.10 to Verizon using Isis.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Honestly ”WHO CARES” I’d be more concerned with what will be stripped out or the alterations that will take place on this device. Verizon never leaves devices alone as intended from the manufacturer. Verizon the alterations and cosmetic network.

      • Nicholassss

        locked boot loader, some sort of code the fries the internals if you try to root and 6 gigs of Verizon branded bloatware.

  • Sporttster

    Moto X is coming around that time, so why buy this? I’m waiting for the X!!

    • Sporttster

      It’s not that I’m saying the One is a bad phone at all. I’m not and I actually like it. The problem is Verizon seriously dropped the ball on getting this at the right time. Now there will be competition when the X comes out and I’m waiting to see what the X has to offer.

      • Chris Schmucker

        I’m calling it now. Verizon will withhold the release date of the Moto X so that they have an opportunity to sell more HTC One’s while other carriers with receive the Moto X months in advance.

        • EC8CH

          ala RAZR G-Nex

        • Sporttster

          Wouldn’t surprise me…would tick me off but no surprise….

        • http://Twitter.com/ContestsAccount bigrob60

          Was just thinking that. Or, the Moto X won’t come to VZW and the “ONE” is supposed to be their summer blockbuster.

    • Mark

      Same here! I just picked up the S4 to hold me over until the HTC One but if it ends up coming out the same time as the Moto X… then Verizon just screwed themselves on this one. This needs to come out in June

      • bouchigo

        They said “later this summer”; summer starts June 21st (on my birthday, it would be a nice gift), but, there’s no way it’s coming out in June…more like August-September range. I don’t see the point in getting this phone anymore by that time…I’d more than likely wait until the next crop of phones at that point.

        • Bigwavedave25

          There is always something else coming out to wait for…
          Hopefully the MotoX checks all the boxes. Seems like all the recent “greats” have missed a few of my boxes, but I guess you can’t have everything. Although If you are shelling out full price it better be nearly if not a perfect fit for you.

          Wait around too long and that SIII is going to start lagging like our GNex’s already are! Haha ;)

        • Deylune

          in september there is no way im getting the One, i am going straight for the Note 3

    • Jack

      what x phone don’t hold your breath the x phone is a big disappointment

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        Because you’ve been using the finalized production model for the last few weeks and can give a quantifiable analysis of its current abilities and usage cases, right? /s

        Seriously, a new Motorola phone has been referenced in a few FCC filings and mentioned by the CEO of Motorola. Until we get our grubby little fingers on it, how bout we just be patient and not speak on what it is impossible to know anything concrete about, eh?

        • Michael

          Most reports point towards the Moto X Fon being a dissappointment, even referenced by their CEO. When the company spends more time touting where it will be built than on impressive specs, it gives reason for concern.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            I can’t recall a single comment from Dennis Woodside that would imply that any of the X Phone line will be a disappointment. They are touting where it is built because they will get good press for it in the lead-up to the launch, and steal a bit of Apple & Samsung’s thunder, both of whom are reportedly looking to start manufacturing products in the US. Besides, not only are specs not the be-all-and-end-all (optimization > raw power, though both together are admittedly better than either), I doubt highly that they would be forthcoming with spec details which are irrelevant out of context. The only thing even close to specs that they have stated are that they are “focusing on battery life, durability, and quick software updates”, the devices will be “perfectly sized” (i.e. minimal bezel), and that they will have “low power sensors that can be on all the time”.

            So, as I have always said when talking about mobile devices, do not pass judgement until the device is in our hands, else you may have to eat your words if it turns out to be THE device of the year.

          • Michael
          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            A few things to note about the article you linked:
            1.) The interviewee was Patrick Pichette, CFO and SVP for Google. I asked where it was that Motorola execs (the CEO specifically, but I’ll accept any Motorola executive) were implying any disappointment in their forthcoming products.

            2.) Digging deeper than the headline on the article, while he did state that the 18 month pipeline devices were not “wow by Google standards” (not surprising considering they are working on Glass, self-driving cars, and who-knows-what-else in Google-X), he went on to state that “our own kind of work is actually quite promising.” That implies that he has seen their next-gen products and they are “wow”.

            So, given the article you linked, along with the purported specs, rumors, and information from other interviews with Google and Motorola execs and reps, I would posit that the next device we will be shown is the Moto X Mini, an iPhone sized mid-range device that is solid but underwhelming compared to the One and S4, followed a few months later by the flagship Moto X (shown at the same press event with a September/October release), which is the first completely post-acquisition device from Motorola, the device that both the Google CFO and Motorola CEO are praising.

  • Ben Landwehr

    If it has android 4.2.2, I’ll forgive Verizon at least a little bit.

  • zaggs

    You merely pay for the phone and have to put the first payment down when you get it.

    • Tim242

      Also the taxes.

      • EC8CH

        thanks obama

  • skinja99

    Does anyone have any updates on when the “Developer Edition” of the S4 will be available on VZW?

    (Not the ‘Nexus’ Edition)

    Thanks

    • trophynuts

      yes. Update is never

  • Gary Roisentul

    Maybe they get the Google edition as well?

  • sc0rch3d

    seems like they finally got a deal to load VZ Navigator on the phone…? lol

  • skinja99

    Too Little Too Late.

    I wish HTC could get their act together. It would be better for all of us if Samsung had more competition.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Don’t blame HTC for this…

      Also, too little? I understand the too late part because I feel the same way, but it’s definitely not too little. The device will still be quite desirable to the average consumer “this summer.”

      • dmagicp

        People seem to have the mentality that if the phone is more than a month old that it’s not worth buying. Like the specs are disintegrating daily or something.

        • Bob Buttons

          At the pace of this market it’s hard to blame them. If you’re the type to follow sites such as this and like staying on top of things, getting a phone other than on day-one makes waiting for the next big thing a viable option. On the other hand, if you’re always waiting for the next best thing, you’ll never have it.

        • MK17

          In a sense its a bit true, particularly at a time where there are new great phones on the horizon.With each day getting us closer to the MotoX, settling for the S4 seems like going backwards, the HTC One seems to be too close to the MotoX to warrant buying it before we see the MotoX.

        • JolleyMan

          Phone are like fish. They start going bad as soon as you get one. Kind of my brownie points I earn with my wife.

      • Tim242

        Don’t blame HTC for this????????????? They outright lied and said that it was not coming to Verizon. Let us not forget they lied about the Google version as well.

        • Bob Buttons

          That’s corporate PR for ya. They also flat out denied having a Nexus version of the device. I understand companies saying things like “no comment” to everything because they’re not ready to announce it but flat out saying it’s not coming is ridiculous.

        • Anon

          Have you ever been in the position of being the peon that gets ordered to say something to your clients, then your clients get upset and go to management, then management reverses course, cuts your legs out from under you and says “Of *course* we’ll do it the way you want it!” ?

          Sounds like not. I stopped making promises for managers long ago –I left them communicate directly, so I didn’t get hung out to dry.

        • Jack

          samsuck cheap paid student

          • Tim242

            If Samsucks, how do they own 95% of Android profits, while HTC is worse off than Blackberry???? BTW, I’m 33…not a student. Now hush, you butthurt fool.

          • Rolando

            Now hush….. ur sew cute when you get angry Tim242. Are you single?

          • jhouk

            He just thought you were a student because you use proper punctuation and capitalization. As opposed to…

          • Rolando

            … Tim’s mom, who has horrid grammar, punctuation, and capitalization skills. Poor, poor Arkansas school system.

      • skinja99

        It is too little for the following reasons:

        1. No expandable memory (even though this is available on certain versions of the phone.)

        2. HTC One will have already had Nexus Experience and Unlocked phones released for months.

        3. The S4 will have been out on VZW for probably at least 2 months by the time the HTC One is released on VZW.

        So unless, HTC and VZW surprise us all, this phone will be a locked down HTC one.

        Maybe if they sell it for $99 it will be a big hit.

        Don’t get me wrong. I wish HTC sold tons of these, and VZW will help with that. I love the phone.

    • Rich Koos

      I don’t think it is htc’s fault, they probably knew their phone would be on Verizon but Verizon probably staggered the releases to give the GS4 time to sell

      • LionStone

        Not to give the S4 time…to give their DROID DNA more time for sales.

      • Dominick White

        They did it becuase they did not want to cut into DNA sales

        • EC8CH

          Then stop making stupid idiotic dumb carrier exclusive phones.

          Problem solved.

          • Ian

            EC8CH for president!

    • Jack

      its Verizon fault not HTC they are always slow to release phones.

  • Rich Koos

    Now I hope htc allows you to take off sense for stock!

    • josejr

      same here

    • Mark Mann

      was just going to say, i’ll be excited when i can remove sense

    • epps720

      As long as I can still keep the camera features and boom sound, I’m all about this.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        BoomSound is just market speak for front-facing amplified stereo speakers, so those will likely remain unchanged, though you will lose the equalizer settings, so they could sound less than optimal. As for the camera, stock means stock.

        Sense features require significant framework tweaks which are not present in an AOSP build, so they simply crash if you try to install/use them. So, if you want the candy, you have to deal with the wrapper, as it were :-)

        • gregmr

          They confirmed Beats audio processing will still be present but will not display an ongoing notification

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Ah, gotcha. I’d bet that’s probably part of the driver for the amps though, so not necessarily something that can be controlled separately ala the Beats app, but I’d love to be proven wrong on that particular case, as the Beats sound profile is actually quite pleasing on the One.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      Yeah me too. I saw a girl with it and I guess she had dropped it a couple of times, and those dings showed. I’m still probably gonna get it tho

      • Rich Koos

        just don’t be a clumsy girl and you should be fine, or get the double dip case or whatever its called

        • grizzlyfoz

          Misogynistic much?

          • middlehead

            That’s not even slightly misogynistic.

          • Rich Koos

            I figured that would get some backlash, but I did not specify girls, the previous comment did, I said not to be a clumsy one who dropped their phone multiple times causing “those dings”.

          • PhoenixPath

            Over-sensitive much?

  • troy studnicka

    I don’t care. I got my GS4 and I looove it.

    • troy studnicka

      I’ll take the removable battery and removable sd card for more storage. HTC will continue to fail until they realize that these things are a must for feature phones!!!!

      • nav525

        Really? A must? I wonder how the millions of iphone users have gotten along without those features for this long. The average consumer doesn’t care about removable storage or a removable battery…and just to clarify, if you’re on this site then you’re not an average consumer.

        • troy studnicka

          And that’s why the icrap is on it’s way out and android, Samsung is taking over. The iphone is nothing but a glorified ipod. I like options, rooting, making the phone look however I want it. I know it’s a personal preference but I like choices and being able to add a battery or more storage is HUGE. Look at the numbers….Android keeps going up, Apple down. Also the HTC phones don’t sell nowhere near as many as the Galaxy because of those said features. They sold 5 million HTC Ones compared to the 10 million GS4’s and the HTC One has been out weeks longer. The GS4 will sell nearly 80 million phones this year. Nothing is going to beat that until the GS5 comes out and beyond that.

    • Jack

      no thanks the htc one is million times faster than s4 go watch youtube
      videos and the s4 has the worst screen green tan you cant see anything
      in the sun. the s4 is laggy and has horrible speakers. the htc one is
      best phone ever made. the Samsung s4 camera sucks you cant seep anything at night and its damn
      blurry and the phones is super ugly and cheap like a 99 cent calculator
      from the 99 cent store.

      • Ian

        Tell us what you really think, please, don’t hold back. :p

        • Franklin Ramsey

          I personally like how he just keeps copying and pasting the same 2-3 phrases in response to people.

          • un-biased_user

            They are paid to do it.