HTC One lands on Verizon August 22 for $199

After multiple delays and a lot of not-so-happy potential buyers, Verizon has finally set an official release date for the HTC One (check out our review of the HTC One here). The smartphone will arrive on August 22nd for $199 with a two-year contract. It's equipped for Verizon's LTE network as well for faster data speeds.

The phone has already been available on a few other carriers, namely the three big ones in the United States: AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. After the shipping delays were confirmed, multiple publications started pegging possible release dates for the highly anticipated device. Some called out August 15th, others said August 29th. It turns out the phone is coming right in the middle.

To refresh your memory, the HTC One features a 4.7-inch 1080p display, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with HTC's Sense UI, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7GHz processor, Beats Audio, an attractive metallic design, and all that other fun stuff. It's received pretty favorable reviews thus far and the phone is selling quite well, especially when compared to other HTC phones over the past couple of years.

Verizon also has a few other notable phones in the pipeline namely the upcoming line of Droids as well as the Moto X.

Don't forget, you can still head to Verizon's website and enter in your email address to sign up for the HTC One newsletter to receive additional information regarding the phone

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I read elsewhere that its shipping with 4.2.2 which makes someone like me who paid in full for a unlocked one from htc pretty tweaked that its still sitting on 4.1.2

Little to late for me. With more phones probably being released soon and the One taking roughly 6 months to come to Verizon, just to late.

Chris123NT said,
It will be worthless as it will likely have a locked boot loader and thus be useless for anyone who wants to root/customize.
Question. Don't ALL the major carriers in the US lock the bootloader? Oh that's right...THEY DO. That is why there is a Google Edition.

Also since when has locking down the bootloader meant anything thing? My phone came with a locked bootloader too.

Again, why even look at a carrier device when you know its locked. There is a Google Edition, go buy that one and be happy and quiet.

You can always unlock the bootloader if you want. The only thing you can't do, is unlock the phone from what network it is locked to. (if it is tied to AT&T, then it can't be used on T-mobile, etc)

The reason to buy a carrier device, is to save money. Why spend $630 on a Google Play device, when you can spend $200 for the same on AT&T, and then unlock the bootloader, put on the Google Play ROM, and you have the same device but will have saved $430.

Granted, the device is locked to AT&T, but for me, that is a non-issue. In the US, your GSM option is really only AT&T. T-mobile network is only good in cities, if you need to travel outside of that, you're screwed. Don't get me wrong, I think T-mobile's plans are awesome (in that they don't still charge you a subsidy in your plan if you buy the device outright), but if you need the device on AT&T (b/c T-mobile doesn't cover your area), then there is no reason to buy a Google Play edition (b/c AT&T plans are the same whether buying the phone on-contract or full price).

As far as Verizon is concerned, you can't even load the stock Google Play ROM onto the Verizon device b/c it's CDMA. You will have to wait for someone to make a custom ROM for that specific device, which will more than likely happen.

greensabath said,
You can always unlock the bootloader if you want. The only thing you can't do, is unlock the phone from what network it is locked to. (if it is tied to AT&T, then it can't be used on T-mobile, etc)

The reason to buy a carrier device, is to save money. Why spend $630 on a Google Play device, when you can spend $200 for the same on AT&T, and then unlock the bootloader, put on the Google Play ROM, and you have the same device but will have saved $430.

Granted, the device is locked to AT&T, but for me, that is a non-issue. In the US, your GSM option is really only AT&T. T-mobile network is only good in cities, if you need to travel outside of that, you're screwed. Don't get me wrong, I think T-mobile's plans are awesome (in that they don't still charge you a subsidy in your plan if you buy the device outright), but if you need the device on AT&T (b/c T-mobile doesn't cover your area), then there is no reason to buy a Google Play edition (b/c AT&T plans are the same whether buying the phone on-contract or full price).

As far as Verizon is concerned, you can't even load the stock Google Play ROM onto the Verizon device b/c it's CDMA. You will have to wait for someone to make a custom ROM for that specific device, which will more than likely happen.

i would just about bet cash that verizon will lock that bootloader down tight

greensabath said,
You can always unlock the bootloader if you want. The only thing you can't do, is unlock the phone from what network it is locked to. (if it is tied to AT&T, then it can't be used on T-mobile, etc)

The reason to buy a carrier device, is to save money. Why spend $630 on a Google Play device, when you can spend $200 for the same on AT&T, and then unlock the bootloader, put on the Google Play ROM, and you have the same device but will have saved $430.

Granted, the device is locked to AT&T, but for me, that is a non-issue. In the US, your GSM option is really only AT&T. T-mobile network is only good in cities, if you need to travel outside of that, you're screwed. Don't get me wrong, I think T-mobile's plans are awesome (in that they don't still charge you a subsidy in your plan if you buy the device outright), but if you need the device on AT&T (b/c T-mobile doesn't cover your area), then there is no reason to buy a Google Play edition (b/c AT&T plans are the same whether buying the phone on-contract or full price).

As far as Verizon is concerned, you can't even load the stock Google Play ROM onto the Verizon device b/c it's CDMA. You will have to wait for someone to make a custom ROM for that specific device, which will more than likely happen.


Unlocking the bootloader is no longer a sure thing, look at what VZW and AT&T did with the Galaxy S4, been over a month since the last OTA and it's still bootloader locked for anyone who took the update or got the phone recently.