Much to the dismay of some of its customers, Verizon initially denied that it planned to carry the HTC One, suggesting that the Droid DNA would have to do for the moment. In early June, however, Big Red made a U-turn and announced that the aluminum masterpiece will finally grace its networks “later this summer”.
We’re in the middle of the summer already, so surely the One should be close, right? Actually, a FCC filing seems to suggest so – the HTC One was spotted in the federal regulator’s database, meaning that the launch of the device can’t be too far behind. While the FCC filing doesn’t specify what carrier is the device heading to, the radio frequencies – (LTE Band 13), GSM (850/1900), and CDMA (850/1900) – make it clear that it’s Verizon.
Besides confirming that the HTC One is indeed coming, Verizon hasn’t revealed any details on the price or availability of the device, though we expect to see it going for the same price as the Galaxy S4 – $199. A recent leak from @evleaks made us hopeful that Verizon would not deface the minimalist front of the HTC One with its logo.
Big Red disappointed a lot of people by not carrying the One along with the other big three carriers, and by delaying by several weeks the release of the other major device of the season, the Samsung Galaxy S4. Now Verizon wants to make it up to peeved subscribers with the Moto X and a series of new Droid devices, including the Ultra, Maxx, and Mini. Judging from the flurry of leaks in the past couple of weeks, a big announcement from Verizon is impending.