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HTC One coming to Verizon Wireless on Thursday

August 16, 2013|By Paresh Dave
  • Verizon Wireless says the HTC One will cost $199 with a two-year contract and be available Aug. 22.
Verizon Wireless says the HTC One will cost $199 with a two-year contract… (HTC )

The HTC One smartphone will be sold by the nation's largest carrier beginning next week, four months after it launched on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.

Verizon Wireless said in a tweet early Friday that HTC's top phone of 2013 would cost $199 with a two-year contract and be available Aug. 22 in stores and online. 

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The device comes with a 4.7-inch screen, a fast processor, a solid battery and at least 16 gigabytes of internal storage.  Reviews have praised its sleek aluminum design, Beats-powered audio and neat photo-capture features. HTC is said to have sold 5 million units in the first couple of months, but the lack of a Verizon version was considered to be a major setback.

For Verizon customers, the One is expected to hit stores just before the Motorola Moto X. While the Moto X hasn't received favorable reviews on the hardware side, many of its software features could be preferable to some users. For example, the Moto X will have better voice command and touchless features than most other phones. It also comes packed with Android's new camera app, and its body colors can be chosen by the buyer. 

Verizon hasn't announced when the Moto X would be available. AT&T said on Friday that the Moto X would go on sale Aug. 23 for $199 with a two-year contract. It will be available in stores and online through Moto Maker

For the second quarter of this year, Verizon said it had 118 million subscribers and AT&T said it had 108 million.


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