Sad news, Verizoners. You know that One A9 that HTC promised would arrive on Verizon this year? Yeah, well… This is kind of awkward.
It seems like HTC was quite able to swing Verizon certification for the device. Last year when the One A9 hit T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint, the company promised that Verizon support was coming soon with the flexible deadline of “early 2016.” Now it looks like that’s just not going to happen.
In a press release today, HTC announced that the device wasn’t going to make it to the carrier as planned. It’s possible that the inability to get certification for the device has to do with the fact that the One A9 would have been the first phone to run without CDMA, using only LTE for everything. They tested the device on the network for months, but apparently it just didn’t shake out. If you pre-ordered the Verizon-branded One A9, then HTC is offering you a full refund and extending a substantial 20 percent discount to any HTC phone currently on the market or any HTC phones released prior to the end of this year. As far as silver linings go, that one’s pretty nice.
See the press release below for the official info. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts regarding the One A9’s failure to hit the nation’s largest mobile carrier in the comments.
[press]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.[/press]