The good thing about unlocked smartphones these days is that the networks with which they can run on have expanded compared to just a few years ago. Devices that come unlocked like the Nexus 6 or the Nexus 6P for instance will work on all four major U.S. carriers, including Verizon Wireless. The same could almost have been said for HTC’s One A9 handset, the unlocked smartphone which they unveiled and launched last Fall. Initially, HTC’s first Marshmallow powered device was supposed to work on Verizon at some point in the future after launch, and it would immediately work on Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T’s networks.
While it does work on the last three that were mentioned and has for months since it was released, Verizon’s network has yet to receive support for the smartphone and according to new details from HTC, Verizon support is officially not coming to the One A9. HTC has confirmed today that they will not be adding support for the Verizon Wireless network, although they did do numerous testing on with the phone with Verizon, yet they were not able to get things to work within the range that they would need to allow use of the device.
While this is a little bit disappointing for anyone who had purchased the handset while waiting for support to arrive, HTC states that those customers will be entitled to a refund on the phone and they can also pick up a new device at a 20% discount. The new phone purchased at the savings cost listed here can be for any phone that HTC currently sells or it can be for any other device that is launched this year, the discount can also be applied to a phone purchase through December 31st of 2016 which means people will have quite a bit of time before the discount expires. So, there’s good news and bad news. Verizon subscribers won’t be able to use the One A9 on their network, but they will be able to return the phone and get their money back, and even save on a different phone should they wish to buy one that will actually have Verizon Wireless support.