Verizon HTC One to replace apparently retired four-month old HTC Droid DNA? [Update]

March 30, 2013
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There has been much talk about Verizon carrying the HTC One later this year, with some reports saying the mobile operator would launch the One as a Droid DNA Plus version, and with HTC saying at one time on Twitter than Big Red wasn’t going to get the HTC One.

But now it looks like Verizon is ready to retire the four-month old HTC Droid DNA, which has been apparently removed from the carrier’s website. Is the U.S. largest mobile operator getting ready to replace the “old” Droid DNA with the HTC One? We have nothing official for you at this time, but this appears to be the likely course of action for Verzion.

The first reports noticing that the HTC Droid DNA is missing in action when browsing through Verizon’s online store came earlier today from Droid Life. But then the publication updated the story with new details, reporting that the HTC Droid DNA can still be pre-order from a certain Verizon web page and that the handset has not been discontinued. Instead we were simply looking at an SKU change.

Then Phone Arena provided more details on the matter after talking to a Verizon customer rep who said that the HTC Droid DNA has indeed been discontinued (see image below,) which is why the device can’t be found on the carriers web store.

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On the other hand, independently of these two reports, popular leak Twitter account @evleaks has sort of confirmed the arrival of the HTC One on Verizon, without providing any details on its launch:

According to insurer Asurion, AT&T will carry the Sony Xperia ZL, while the HTC One is indeed coming to Verizon, as per AllThingsD.

However, Verizon did not confirm whether the HTC One will be available in its stores in the near future, so we’ll just have to wait for HTC and Big Red to tell us more details about the HTC Android handsets that will be sold by the carrier in the following weeks/months.

The HTC One is definitely one of the hottest Android handsets right now (see our review here,) right alongside the Galaxy S4. Which one would you rather buy, Verizon subscribers, in case the One does launch with the carrier?

Update: Phone Arena has updated its initial story saying that according to “a reliable source” the HTC Droid DNA is not discontinued after all.

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