HTC M7 release exclusion on Verizon may upset fans

By Alan Ng - Feb 4, 2013

We have another twist in the upcoming HTC M7 release saga to tell you about now, and it’s not potentially good news for those of you on Verizon Wireless. Early rumors indicated that HTC’s upcoming flagship handset would be hitting AT&T, Verizon and Sprint upon release, skipping T-Mobile in the process. Now though, we’re hearing that it actually may be Big Red that could be in the firing line instead.

As we’ve told you in the past, the HTC M7 is due to be announced on February 19, at a special event in New York City. Over the weekend we told you how HTC’s CEO Peter Chou couldn’t even wait until that event to show off the device, as images have shown him whipping the M7 out to take pictures of an audience during an event in Taiwan.

The official release date for the device is expected to be announced as March 8, but it looks like Verizon may be last to the party once again, with the M7 now rumored to be arriving on Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile first. HTCSource has published a recent article claiming that the Verizon release for the M7 has been ‘delayed’ and one of the main reasons for this is because Big Red still want to push the HTC Droid DNA first since it’s still a relatively new smartphone.

Verizon customers who are interested in the M7 won’t want to hear any excuses though, especially since they were last to the party with the infamous Samsung Galaxy Note 2 release. Verizon obviously hasn’t said anything on this claim though since the device is still unofficial, but it does seem logical for the Droid DNA to get a little more spotlight first before making way for the next big thing.

As a Verizon customer who is interested in the upgrade, what are your thoughts on this new potential delay for the HTC M7? Does this now change your plans to opt for a different Android smartphone instead?

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  • T Jeff

    Disappointed that HTC is introducing another flagship device without expandable. A lot of people don’t have unlimited and don’t want to be fully in the cloud. I purchased the S3 instead of the HTC One because of the sd card option for the S3. I love the HTC and can’t understand why HTC doesn’t to truly compete with the best selling device in the world. HTC lost a loyal customer. Expect HTC revenue to continue it’s freefall

    • Billy Bob

      My HTC Evo 4 LTE works great with the 64 GB I slapped in it the first day I bought it!

  • Kp2Bombero FDNY

    Clearly Verizon’s losts, this is a flagship phone and you would think that Verizon would take the opt. to be included in what looks like a very popular launch, they have the DNA which is selling, why not use the extra muscle. The money they spend into buying the M7 then selling it back to Big Red customers would cleary jolt sales, only thing I can think of is that Verizon hasn’t made their money back as of yet from the DNA, and doesn’t want to push the phone aside for this launch and lose more capital and risk losing even more with the M7 just in case it doesn’t sell in high numbers, makes sense from a buisness enterprise point of view, but pissed of Verizon customers they will have indeed, a calculated risk but worth it to them because they know we are locked in contract and won’t leave for this reason being early cancellations can cost up to $250. That M7 better end up on Verizon