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Verizon will not carry the HTC One A9

HTC One A9 Android smartphone will not reach Verizon Wireless
HTC One A9
Although they previously announced the One A9 would hit Verizon this year, now the carrier announces the handset does not work properly on its network and will no longer become available.

HTC One A9 has been around since November, when this 5-inch handset launched loaded with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. In the meantime, it even received an update to Android 6.0.1 and major carriers in the US already added it to their portfolio. HTC One A9 is available via T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint, but it looks like Verizon Wireless will never have it on its network.

Verizon promised to carry this handset and even received pre-orders from those interested. Unfortunately, it seems like the handset and the carrier's network are not a good enough match as anticipated. HTC One A9 uses LTE for everything and would have been the first handset on Verizon to run without CDMA connectivity. The company's very short press release reveals that "Following extensive testing, we are unable to support the Verizon network with the Unlocked HTC One A9."

Those who already pre-ordered the handset will be refunded and will also get a 20 percent discount "on any current HTC phone or future phones launching through Dec. 31, 2016" and this looks like a pretty good deal. Not as good as having the HTC One A9 on your favorite network, of course.

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Codrut Nistor, 2016-03- 5 (Update: 2016-03- 5)