Verizon Wireless customers have been waiting and waiting for the HTC One since the smartphone launched back in March. Today, a Verizon Wireless Tweet confirms the phone will be available in stores and online beginning August 22. As far as we know, the HTC One model will definitely be offered with 32GB memory and cost $199 with a two-year service contract. We also learned there will be no SD card slot due to lack of space in international models (although, a Chinese model includes an SD card slot).
The HTC One with 4.7-inch screen runs on Android 4.2.2 with HTC’s Sense software. The design features a unibody aluminum frame with front-facing stereo speakers and front (2.1 MP) and back (4 MP) cameras.
A Verizon rep confirms the HTC One will be available in silver/aluminum finish, but could not confirm any other colors at the time of announcement. As far as developer edition, Verizon didn’t provide any info as of yet.
Verizon recently launched a sign-up page introducing the HTC One for the carrier’s 4G LTE network, with an option to add your email address to get the latest information about the device.
HTC says they have sold 5 million units of the model since releasing in March this year, but lack of a Verizon edition has surely hurt initial sales. AT&T carries the HTC One in 32GB and 64GB configurations, while T-Mobile carries the 32GB model on the carrier’s respective online stores.
The HTC One will be available just three days before the company launches its Edge upgrade plan on August 25 that will allow you to upgrade your phone every 12 months or when you have paid off 50% of the cost of the phone.
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