Oh HTC. It’s been a steady decline for a few months now and with the HTC One M9 fiasco earlier in the year, HTC hoped its next flagship, the One A9, would fare better. It looks like that’s not the case.
The HTC One A9 was up for pre-order for $399, though we later reported that the phone would actually cost $499 after the pre-order offer ended. The pre-orders were supposed to ship on November 6th. Unfortunately, HTC has delayed it till November 10th at the earliest. As a compensation, HTC is offering 25% off on accessories.
HTC’s website has been updated to reflect the shipping dates for the different colors of the One A9.
- Gray & Silver Unlocked, T-Mobile & ATT Orders will begin shipping on 11/10 based on shipping method. Sprint: Orders will begin shipping late November.
- Gold Unlocked, T-Mobile & ATT Orders will begin to ship late November. Sprint: Orders will begin shipping mid-December.
- Red Shipment Unlocked, T-Mobile & ATT Orders will begin shipping early December. Sprint: Orders will begin shipping mid-December.
HTC’s plan to bring the One A9 to Verizon customers is also going bust. Support was originally supposed to be added in November, which was then pushed to December. Now, HTC is pushing the date further back.
The HTC One A9 is the first CDMA-less device to support both voice and data services over LTE, providing individuals with the flexibility to use the same device on multiple carrier networks. To ensure the best experience for our customers on the Verizon network, we are conducting more extensive testing and certification. As a result, Verizon compatibility on the HTC One A9 won’t be available in December as originally expected. We are working with Verizon to make it available as soon as possible.
If you want to change your order, please contact HTC customer support.
Finally, we still haven’t received a valid update on why Sprint is selling the unlocked One A9 for $297 more than what HTC is selling it for. While this might be an issue outside of HTC’s control, it’s certainly going to harm HTC more than Sprint in the long run and HTC should probably look into it.
What do you think of all the problems HTC is already facing with the One A9? Have you pre-ordered the device? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.Source: PhoneDog