By Alexandra Burlacu | Aug 14, 2013 05:25 AM EDT
The Verizon HTC One seems one step closer to launch, as a sign-up page has gone live on the carrier's website.
The HTC One hit the market several months ago and it has been available on other carriers for a good while, but Verizon is still not in the game. After initially saying it would not offer the handset, the carrier later changed its mind and promised to add the HTC One to its lineup later this summer.
Even now, after several months since the handset's debut, Verizon customers are still waiting to get the HTC One and they still have no exact date for the launch. Various dates have been speculated so far and Verizon did not offer any specific details as to when it will finally start offering the HTC One.
Now, however, Verizon has put up a sign-up page for the HTC One, which means it's getting closer to the actual launch. Note that this sign-up page is not the same as a pre-order page. It just allows interested customers to sign up to receive more details about the Verizon HTC One as it nears its Big Red debut.
The Verizon version of the HTC One seems identical to the one available on other U.S. carriers, except for the Verizon and 4G LTE logo. Rumors suggested a blue version of the handset for Verizon, but the sign-up page makes no mention of that. It also makes no mention of an actual release date.
So far, speculated dates for the HTC One launch on Verizon included Aug. 1, then Aug. 15 and even Aug. 29, but there's still nothing certain. Looking at the Verizon sign-up page again, the smartphone pictured there shows the date of Sept. 5 on its display. It could be a hint about the launch, or it could be just a randomly chosen date. Verizon customers eagerly waiting for the HTC One will most likely hope it's the second variant, as a Sept. 5 debut would be much later than expected.
Verizon is already very late to the HTC One party and customers may be losing interest in the handset if they have to wait this long to get it. The HTC One enjoyed great success and high demand, but the hype usually fades with time. That said, it wouldn't be a big surprise if Verizon customers got tired of waiting for their carrier to finally launch the smartphone and turn to other devices instead.
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