Less than 24 hours after reporting on Virgin Mobile, the first US carrier to sell HTC’s One V, the entry-level ICS-powered smartphone has been officially confirmed as hitting other networks across the States.
According to an HTC press release issued earlier today, the One V should already be up for sale at US Cellular, but also on twenty-seven regional carriers which are members of something called ACG (Associated Carriers Group).
As far as we can tell, US Cellular’s website still doesn’t mention anything about the One V’s availability, but it’s safe to assume that the handheld will pop up online in a matter of hours or in a day or two, at the latest. Also, if you’re just dying to see what USC will be charging for the more modest member of the HTC One trio, you could visit one of the network’s retail stores and see if the phone is up for grabs.
If you missed yesterday’s story about the One V starting selling over at Virgin Mobile, we should remind you that the phone is available for just $199.99 on prepaid plans with no contract. US Cellular will most likely be charging even less for the 3.7-incher, but then again you’ll probably be asked to sign a two-year carrier agreement.
As for the regional carriers in the Associated Carriers Group, these will themselves probably follow USC’s suite and put the One V up for sale in the coming hours. You can find a full list of all the 27 members of the association at this link here, where you’ll also get directions to the carriers’ websites, if any one of those names rings a bell, or just for comparison's sake.
MetroPCS, another smaller carrier (compared to Verizon or AT&T, not with US Cellular or Virgin) in the US who was rumored to sell the One V this summer is unfortunately not on HTC’s list from earlier today. However, it’s not impossible for MetroPCS, the sixth largest telecommunications provider in America these days, to hold an exclusive unveiling event of the phone in the near future.
Are you planning on getting the HTC One V from any of the carriers officially announced as selling the phone? Would somebody like MetroPCS make you change your mind?
The HTC One series represents HTC's most premium mobile experience with an amazing camera and authentic sound. The HTC One V integrates Android™ 4.0 (ICS) with HTC Sense® 4, HTC's branded user experience featuring broad enhancements to audio quality and simplifying how people listen to music on their phone. HTC ImageSense™, part of HTC Sense 4, includes a new suite of camera and imaging features that brings the amazing camera experience to life. Along with top-end design, the HTC One V offers a premium mobile experience with broad appeal making this a highly compelling device for an array of U.S. carriers to showcase on their shelves this summer.
“The HTC One Series has been positively received by consumers and received critical acclaim from professional reviewers since being introduced this year,” said Martin Fichter, vice president, product management. “We are thrilled to offer the high end features and premium experience of the HTC One V to a broader audience in the United States.”
The HTC One V, featuring HTC ImageSense, offers an amazing camera that delivers fast image capture and better image quality under adverse conditions. An easy-to-use display with side-by-side photo and video capture buttons means the HTC One V can serve as both camera and video recorder, and with quick activation directly from the home screen, superfast autofocus and continuous shooting, to take as many as 99 photos simply by holding the shutter button. HTC Sense 4 also integrates Dropbox™, with up to 25 gigabytes of free space for two years, enough storage for more than 10,000 high-quality photos.*
The 5-megapixel camera features a f/2.0 lens with back illuminated sensor meaning more light is allowed into the sensor to capture quality photos in adverse conditions, such as low light, no light or bright backlighting. With HTC Video Pic™, the smartphone is able to capture still photos while simultaneously recording HD video. The HTC One V can even capture still images during video playback. HTC One V also gives an easy way to share photos and videos with family and friends through Media Link HD** which wirelessly sends content from the smartphone to any TV with an HDMI input.
HTC One V provides authentic sound with Beats Audio™, allowing listeners to experience music as the artist intended. Whether listening to music, watching a movie, or playing a game you can now experience a rich and premium sound experience on the HTC One V. HTC Sync Manager software makes it easy to transfer songs, artists and playlists from a music library on a computer to the smartphone. The new HTC Car Stereo Clip** also allows customers to easily bring their mobile music to their car's sound system by simply plugging it into their car's 3.5mm audio jack.
Utilizing the classic, award-winning design of the HTC Legend™, the HTC One V offers a sleek unibody design and offers entry-level users a high-quality, high-performance model that they'll want to show their friends. The timeless, simple aluminum unibody architecture and slightly curved chin allow the HTC One V to fit smoothly in the palm of your hand. The HTC One V features a 3.7-inch super LCD screen, speedy Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S3 1 GHz processor and is supported by a 1,500 mAh battery.
More information on the HTC One V and HTC's portfolio of products can be found at http://www.htc.com/us/. For specific information on the availability of HTC One V in the U.S., please visit our carrier partners at:
U.S. Cellular, the Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed nationwide network. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com.
Virgin Mobile USA, one of Sprint's prepaid brands, offers millions of customers control, flexibility and connectivity through Virgin Mobile Beyond Talk no-contract plans with unlimited data and messaging on a wide array of devices including Android-powered smartphones on the Nationwide Sprint Network. Experience Virgin Mobile on the Web at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and purchase Virgin Mobile USA products at www.virginmobileusa.com.
The HTC One V is also available in Canada through Bell, Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and business with solutions to all their communications needs including Bell Mobility wireless, and also through TELUS, a leading national telecommunications company in Canada.
Founded in 1997, HTC Corporation (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC's portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by HTC Sense®, a multilayered graphical user interface that vastly improves user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit www.htc.com.
* Customers sign up using your device. Dropbox is provided by a third party.
** HTC Media Link HD and HTC Car Stereo Clip are sold separately.