We reported earlier that HTC confirmed its intention to bring the HTC One V to the United State,s but was exceedingly vague about carriers, prices and dates more precise than “summer”. Here at CTIA 2012 in New Orleans, it looks like HTC is setting up for a major One series reveal – observe the press passes being handed out at the conference. We’ll likely hear about carriers and dates in the next couple of days.

Just after the One V announcement, we heard that US Cellular, Virgin Mobile and Metro PCS were all set to get the HTC One V in favor of larger carriers. It makes sense: all three of these regional companies tend to prefer phones that can be purchased outright at lower costs, and the One V is the most junior of HTC’s new trio. The considerable delay beyond T-Mobile’s HTC One S and AT&T’s One X was likely to do a little re-eingineering, since some of the regional carriers operate on the more obscure CDMA standard.

Though it’s the smallest and weakest One phone, the One V still manages to hold some charm. IN addition to a return to HTC’s signature “chin” style, it’s got specs noticeable above most entry-level Android phones, with a 3.7-inch 800×480 screen, 1Ghz processor and 4GB of storage, not to mention Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4.0. For our review of the international model, click here.

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