HTC One available at AT&T and Sprint, Developer Edition delayed

HTC One available at AT&T and Sprint, Developer Edition delayed

Summary: HTC needs to hit it out of the ballpark to turn the financial tide, and it comes to two US carriers today. However, the Developer Edition is delayed and the Galaxy S4 is coming around the corner.

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The HTC One was announced back in February and was supposed to be available in March. That date was pushed back, and today we finally see it available at AT&T and Sprint. T-Mobile gets it next week, though Verizon doesn't get it.

Regular readers know I am a fan of the HTC One and pre-ordered a Developer Edition a couple weeks ago. We were told it would arrive today, April 19, but this morning I received the email shown below that states we may now get it by the end of April. Given the delays we have already seen, my confidence in an April delivery is not that high.

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(Image: Screenshot by Matthew Miller/ZDnet)

The Developer Edition is targeted to the die-hard Android and HTC enthusiast, and when it went up for pre-sale before carrier versions, it was expected that these would be shipped first or at least when the carrier ones hit. To now see them delayed and coming after the carrier versions is a real disappointment for HTC fans. I am thinking of either going with a T-Mobile 32GB version, or just canceling since I don't really need the HTC One and am quite satisfied with my Note II.

Update, 10.40am PT: The folks at Android Central posted a clarification on the delays of the HTC One Developer Edition that turn out to be related to shipping delays caused by flooding and the terrible tragedies in Boston. I canceled that order after further consideration and just bought a T-Mobile one so I get HSPA+ and wi-fi calling support on the HTC One.

Early adopters like me tend to make purchases on a whim when the device is announced and excitement is high. We then sell the device and move on to the next. Having an announcement in February and then a delayed release a couple months later kind of kills that enthusiasm. This is especially true in the smartphone world where things move fast, and we have the Galaxy S4 right around the corner, BlackBerry Z10 out now, and a rumored Nokia Lumia 928 possibly coming to Verizon and T-Mobile in May or June.

I really do like the HTC One, but the delay curbs my enthusiasm. I now have time to look at the cons, such as having to manage hundreds of photos taken in Zoe mode with limited memory capacity, having photos that look good online, but don't print well, and doubts that the device will receive future Android updates since HTC has a poor record in this area.

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  • Agree

    HTC is dropping the ball left and right
    flyguy29
    • Agree

      By dropping the ball you mean the flooding and the terrible tragedies in Boston right?
      amards
      • Agree

        Please. The HTC 'unlocked' preorder system was fudged up long before flooding or Boston happened. Heck, they still haven't even figured out who is getting a phone when, so they've just disabled the online status checker entirely.

        Meanwhile, email support gives terse responses like "We do not have a delivery date. You will be notified." and phone support has 3+ hours on hold. (And then the answer is the same 'dunno.') Makes me wonder why I preordered.

        If that's not dropping the ball, I don't know what is. All I know is that if the SGS4s are available before HTC figures this crap out, I'm cancelling my two unlocked phone orders and going with Samsung.
        20xd6
  • Not the only one

    Glad to know I wasn't the only one who got the email from HTC this morning. I"m thinking of cancelling my order as well and sticking with the Droid DNA on VZW.
    rreifsnider@...
  • Seriously

    When your market share keeps imploding, in a competitive market like smartphones where the next big thing is about to rear end you, you need to get market share when you can.
    Non-Euclidean
  • Ordered One but...

    Buying thru ATT off contract for $649 - 64gb model. 32gb is $549.
    At Best Buy though, they didn't have the 64gb and the 32gb was $699.

    Was caught betwixt the One and the Z10.
    Went with the One. Will post a user reiew later (likely on CNet)....
    rhonin