Verizon Wireless will not join AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint in picking up the HTC One in the US, where the phone is expected to launch mid-March, as carriers worldwide confirm their intentions toward the new Android flagship. Verizon’s network is conspicuously absent from the run-down of North American support, which also includes Cincinnati Bell and Best Buy in the US, and Rogers, Bell, TELUS, and Virgin Mobile in Canada.
No official word from either Verizon or HTC has been given as to the carrier’s absence from the list, though it’s possible that it comes down to a reluctance to rebrand the device a “DROID” phone in keeping with the rest of Verizon’s line-up. Whether that means another version is in the pipeline is unclear.
As for the rest of the world, it’s an ambitious launch plan. HTC says more than 185 operators have signed up to the One, covering more than 80 countries and regions. In the UK, it’ll be offered on EE, O2, Vodafone, Three, T-Mobile, and Orange – though only support LTE on EE initially, with the 4G carrier already confirming it’ll be priced at £69.99 ($108) on a £41 per month, 24 month package (1GB mobile data; unlimited UK calls and texts).
Further afield, there’s broad support in mainland Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, in addition to carriers in Latin America and even China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom. HTC tells us it’s the most launch-day carrier support its had for a device ever, and that the phone will begin to ship in March.