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Verizon to get HTC One (W8) for Windows Phone on August 21

Reports that HTC would be reconfiguring their popular Android based One M8 for Windows Phone have been circulating for months with Verizon as the flag bearer, but details of the device – and release – are now coming into focus. Tonight, Engadget is reporting that the name of the phone is called "One (M8) for Windows," which is a little awkward, although if you drop the M8 it has a nice ring to it.

Engadget reports that they phone should launch by on "Verizon during the third quarter, or no later than the end of September" although our sources tell us that Microsoft Stores have a planning date of August 20 with a launch on the 21st. The off-contract, full price of the phone is listed at $610 with on-contract price most likely nearing $199. The name is also confirmed as "One (M8) for Windows" according to documents we have seen.

Indeed, Microsoft Stores are getting ready to take stock of numerous accessories, including the Dot View case that leverages the new 'smart cover' feature found in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1. The One M8 for Windows comes in silver, as expected and since cases like Otterbox and Speck with the M8 designation are in the plan, it is very likely that the W8 is an exact clone of the M8. Interestingly, the W8 is the first Windows Phone to support Voice over LTE (VoLTE), which is once again yet another feature of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, making this phone highly likely to ship with the update on board.

There is no word, at the moment, of other carriers are following Verizon, as so far they are the only one listed as launching the phone, leaving AT&T users on the side.

Finally, the W8 is supposed to sport BoomSound (opens in new tab) and Duo cameras, with the former giving a significant boost in audio and the latter greatly improving the imaging.

More information is expected in the coming weeks. For now, you can read the full review of the Android HTC One M8 at Android Central to see what is in store.

Anyone here excited about the prospect of picking up the HTC One for Windows? Let us know.

Via: Engadget

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

457 Comments
  • Damn it! Stupid exclusives!!!
  • Exclusives are one of the reasons why WP flagships don't sell well
  • Agreed. Imagine if the 1020 had come to all major carriers last year?
  • Exactly, and they release the budget phones on almost every carrier which is also another reason why they sell so well, I just don't get this exclusive crap, do they really think people are going to step out of their comfort zone (carrier's) just for a phone?
  • I switched to AT&T specifically for the Lumia 920. Then again I was coming from the realm of hell called Sprint, so it was a pretty easy choice.
  • Yeah, but not many will switch from ATT to Verizon or vise versa.
  • I certainly won't, and even though I'm a pretty good Microsoft supporter I'm about ready to tell MSFT to piss off and have their phones.  I'm pissed that the best thing I can get on AT&T is the 1020, which was instantly outdated with its dual core CPU that can't properly handle the monster camera it is meant to operate.  I love WP but can't get a phone that is worth having for most occasions.  I was excited to hear about the HTC rumor months ago and hoped it would pan out.  It seems to be, but for Verizon.  If I don't have a decent upgrade path on AT&T I'll just sell my 1020 and buy a G3 or something.  At least I know there's no shortage of Android handsets that are flagship worthy for AT&T.
  • Absolutely agree with the sentiment. Who do they think they are? Apple with an iPhone? People don't switch carriers for phones unless they're truly revolutionary. Especially these days when you have competitive carriers like T-Mobile offering deals too good to be true. I want to buy this phone (given that Microsoft killed Nokia and decided to focus on crappy budget phones now). I'm due for an upgrade and none of the Windows Phones currently on the market feel like an upgrade to me, except for this one. Sadly, HTC decided to shoot itself on the foot by going exclusive instead of trying to dig itself out of its hole by selling products to any customer who wants to buy them. Let's just hope it's a short term exclusive and that they support their Windows Phone offering better than they did the 8X (which was a great phone, but the lack of support made me switch to the now-defunct Nokia).
  • This may be more the carriers doing than Microsoft. Has anyone ever thought of that? Have you ever repaired an iPhone 4/4S? Did you know that the internal layout of components (or more specifically the frame brackets) are positioned differently? In situations where there must be custom changes for a phone to work on one carrier over another, Microsoft (hardware) vendors may have to choose which carrier has the better chances of moving product before larger scale roll out where investment in those customizations can succeed in producing a return. I'm not saying this is the problem. But there are factors we are simply not privy to that influence exclusivity (nevermind the "hotness" of being the first carrier of a product). Then again, maybe that is all it is... Why get so angry? It's like MMO or followers of stuff that say "if they do , I'm going to quit/leave/switch" but then never do. Just switch platform for god sake, I'm sure there plenty of well paid people thinking about this precise problem and what it says to consumers.
  • I did the same for the 920, but my hell was Verizon. I hate those guys.
  • I hate exclusives as much, if not more than anybody else. But when you say "they" are you referring to the carriers, or Microsoft? Because the carriers are the problem.
  • Imagine if the 1520 did..
  • It didn't sell well even on AT&T, what chance would it have had on the others?
  • If it were on Verizon, I'd be a happy 1520 owner!
  • So one sale then. 
  • I'd have had one
  • I'm sure that explains why 8X sold so well.
  • +M8 I love the M8, and I love WP, but I'm on AT&T. Dammit...
  • I have a feeling AT&T is going to get a high-end Lumia exclusive by the end of the year.
  • Two, I'd say.
  • A 1020 successor, or what Daniel said, a 925 successor. 5 inch screen 1080p, S801 AT LEAST, 2GB or more RAM, microSD card slot and/or 64GB internal storage, and the other late 2014 specs.
  • Hopefully like the 1020/929 it will have the ram to power it
  • Yes, Microsoft needs to sell new phones, but not only the 600s or 500s
    2015, JAN, new phone, lumia680
  • Exactly!! The future is bleak on AT&T. I have nothing to look forward to.
  • U think that is bad i live in Europe!!!
  • Not really exclusive phones like the icon or the 928 are helping the platform. But i think things like the 925 32GB version exclusive to Vodafone is hurting the platform because everyone else who isn't on Vodafone suffers from a 925 wit only 12 GB.
  • If you are in US, Verizon this month started a very compelling prepaid (no contract) offering of $45/month with unlimited talk and text plus 1GB LTE data. Additional data can be bought - $5 for 500MB, $10 for 1GB and $20 for 3GB. The additional data (called bridge data) has 3 month validity so unused portion rolls from one month to next. Solid no contract offering in my opinion. Plus the fact that all LTE Verizon phones have an unlocked SIM slot that can take any carrier SIM if you are ever not happy with Verizon.
  • Att already has this exact plan and an option of 2.5Gig of data for 60 bucks, which I think is a better deal. (it's called GoPhone)
  • You can also get a Straight Talk SIM that uses the AT&T network for $45, pretty much the same deal talk/text/data-wise.  That Verizon plan sounds really good too for someone like me who doesn't use a ton of data.
  • Yes but with Straight Talk it is 45 dollars without fees added. With Verizon it is 45 dollars plus taxes and fees which is an extra 10 or 12 dollars added to that 45 dollars
  • That's the kind of deal I have been looking and waiting for. 
  • Nonsense. The iPhone was exclusive to AT&T for years and sold truckloads. Certainly, it's sold more since going multiple carrier, but that's a consequence of having marketed well and created demand first. Microsoft needs to deliver a true flagship phone, something that's unique and offers something brilliant nobody else does. Something that people will be willing to buy. Once they have that, then they'll sell gangbusters.
  • iPhones with a 480p screen (2014) will sell truckloads, people just like buying iPhones because its an iPhone
  • Not to mention, the iPhone was the first phone of its kind. There were no Android or Windows Phone --- instead we have basica phone & Windows Mobile powered "Pocket PC's". Samsung's Galaxy S line wouldn't be doing as well if it was only on Verizon.
  • The iPhone wasn't exclusive to ATT the way phones are carrier exclusive today.  None of the other carriers were willing to take a risk and comply with all of Apple's demands for the phone (ie no 3rd party carrier made software, direct firmware updates, etc).   After it started selling "truckloads", with the intro of the iPhone 3G, the other carriers wanted in, but ATT had an exclusive contract for a few years.     But yes, if MS makes a truly great phone then people will buy it regardless of carrier.  
  • It wasn't exclusive the way phones today because the iPhone created carrier exclusivity. Verizon had first option and declined.  No one could care less about what phones were exclusive to a carrier before then.  They were all Motorola Razors and LG flip phones. Verizon was already miles ahead of the competition back then.  This is before At&T bought Cingular and Verizon bought Altell. At&t was the shittiest carrier out there coasting on its 80's monopoly cred when they got the iPhone.  Sure they sold truckloads, but no one liked being on At&t.  It was all about the iPhone.  The biggest reason At&t exists today is because of that.  At&t had a two year exclusivity agreement.  Could you imagine that today? Everyone sites how the iPhone doesn't have to deal with carrier exclusivity as opposed to Microsoft, but they were the ones that started the trend only to beat it.  Win win.
  • There's a lot of misinformation here. The AT&T we know today was Cingular before they rebranded in 2007. Cingular was far from the "shittiest carrier out there". The AT&T that made the deal with Apple for the original iPhone is the same AT&T that exists today. And while the iPhone certainly propelled their company further than would have otherwise been possible, they do not owe their existence to Apple so single-handedly.
  • Wrong. The iPhone sold a truckload while it was an AT&T exclusive because it was the only smartphone of its kind back then. If you wanted an iPhone, you signed up with AT&T. Apple swore it was always going to be an AT&T exclusive. Then Android happened.  One of the reasons Android grew so fast was because anybody that wanted a smartphone and didn't want to change carriers had no other choice but to buy Android.  Many analysts have pointed out, repeatedly, that if Apple wasn't locked into the AT&T exlusive, Android would never have gotten any kind of traction. It was laggy and not ready for primetime. It survived the tough times. By the time Apple got out of its exclusive contract, Android was much much better and could now hold its own. WP is making a mistake tying itself into exlusive deals. True, it doesn't have a choice in some cases. It just doesn't have the kind of pull that Samsung or Apple has. Those two can dictate terms to carriers. With Nokia, that is not the case.  Still, in any exclusive deal, only two parties lose; the customers and the platform.
  • Yup, biggest reason the exclusive iPhone sold truckloads is cause there was no other option yet
  • Couldn't have said it better myself. I don't know why people don't seem to understand this. If Windos Phone came before Android, it would have a boatload of marketshare now. 
  • Android was shit. You're fooling yourself if you think the reason ATT/Apple exclusivity ended was because of Android being a threat. ATT/Apple exclusivity ended because their contract ended. Simple as that. They jumped over to Verizon and sold truckloads, they jumped over to T-Mobile and sold truckloads, and they jumped over to Sprint and sold a bunch. Android gained traction because their phones were cheaper, they caught onto the ignorant crowd of people wanting a smartphone because it was a "smart phone" and Apple's long-term goals always sets themselves up as a niche market with overpriced devices with limited mobility.
  • Yeah sure, whatever makes you sleep well at night. 
  • Best analysis and commentary on here dude. Right on. Wish Microsoft/HTC were reading this. Apparently, they're highly paid executive lack basic understanding of why Android is where it is today and how to avoid making the mistakes BlackBerry made when it was trying to rebound (remember the Storm and the Torch "exclusives"?).
  • iPhone didn't have competitions for a while. It was very popular and new.
  • I think we can all agree that the iPhone is pretty much the exception to everything. Plus, it didn't really start dominating he market till every carrier had it.
  • Not exactly. The lumia 1520 is sold worlwide. The main obstacle is advertisment.
  • Exclusives is the reason this product is actually going to launch in US. People fail to realise that Carriers are HTC / Nokias customers . They buy phones from manufactures  and hence they have say in it. Nothing Microsoft/HTC can control , unless the demand is there like Iphone of Galaxies  , Carrier buying power and monolopy will stang
  • Carrier Exclusivity is the main reason that WP doesn't sell well in US.  Lumia 930 is a great phone, but so what?!  MS/Nokia just don't want you AT&T users to have it.  Verizon, with its Nokia and HTC WP lineup, only has 13.7% WP market share in US.  HTC One M8 WP will be just another WP phone with limited success.  This kind of self-imposed restriction marketing is killing them.  Sigh!  I remember that Stephen Elop had spoken highly about his carrier exclusivity when they introduced Lumia 900.  Ever since, this exclusivity deals has continued for most of their WP phones in US. But the WP sales can't go anywhere.  Wonder who should be responsible for this failing policy?
  • @ULOP3Z,   Agreed. If there were no exclusives, my family would have had a 1520, 1020. 928, Icon, and 52x....
  • T-Mobile always seems to be absent whenever there's a flagship WP in tow'
  • Indeed, we still need an international Ativ SE.
  • Find unlocked phones
  • Nearly the whole idea behind this phone is smart. The benefits of having the same design as the Android version negates any issues with getting support for accessories for dedicated WP phones. It's one of the top phones out there currently and will only look to boost market share for Windows Phone. HOWEVER, being a carrier exclusive is completely moronic. You would have thought that phone manufacturers had learned their lessons that a carrier exclusive doesn't do anything except limit their potential market share. Carrier exclusives might have worked years ago, but considering where the market is now, it doesn't do anything but limit a phones appeal. I don't know of many, if any at all, that would change their carrier just to get a phone, no matter how great that phone is. Microsoft needs to realize that if they want to gain market share, they are going to have to release the same phone on all carriers at the same time, like all other companies have.
  • I was planning to get the Lumia 930, but it isn't sold in the United States. I was gonna get the Lumia icon instead, but its a Verizon exclusive. I was gonna look into getting the phone in the article, but its only with Verizon.
  • WHY IS EVERYONE SAYING THIS IS AN EXCLUSIVE? For all we know, AT&T might release it two weeks later.There's nothing in the article that says it's a Verizon exclusive.
  • We aren't saying it is, we're just saying it would be really stupid if it is
  • Lots of people are saying it, actually.
  • No they assume it will be
  • Probably because of this: name one Windows Phone that launched in the U.S. that was available on all major carriers, simultaneously. There are zero.
  • HTC 8X was on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Only WP ever to have that, this HTC device may do the same.
  • Still love my 8X =)
  • I would just buy a international unlocked version.
  • lord, when ever it's a Verizon exclusive, it means the rest of the world gets nothing
  • Nope, rest of the world got 930 after ICON
  • AT&T better get something awesome this fall, and not be square and bulky like the Icon, and needs to have Glance and Qi wireless. Or I might have to start considering Verizon.
  • No need to wait then. AT&T dumped Qi for PMA already.
  • I think at&t is still in both camps.
  • Considering the awesome camera, Qi and 4 mics, the Icon isn't bulky at all.
  • And how long did that take? *Removes glasses and stares* hmmmmm?
  • Truth.
  • Haha....I sense you are making fun of the perpetual whiners. "Waaaaah, these exclusives are killing us and I'm going to get an iPhone". Hahaha Pssst...switch carriers...it's easy.
  • Switch carriers it's easy bahh. Unless you have for phones in the contract all with different upgrade times. Then you have to time all phones to not get upgraded when they are supposed to our party a butt load to break the contract
  • Wow. Word Flow failed you HARD...
  • LOL!
  • Maybe it'll be for a temporary time only.
  • Ugh verizon is getting all the gooood phones now -_-
  • Why does every single article have whiners? Can't anyone see that this is actually a great non Lumia phone for once? Unlike Samsung who sell the old Galaxy S4 as new Ativs?
  • This has nothing to do with Lumia or not,this has everything to do with more sales for WP
  • LOL, it I'd funny. The ATIV articles have people all over it singing it's praises. I've never had good experiences with Samsung. Another point: The ATIV is based on Samsung's phone from a year ago and the S5 is already out, whereas this rumored device is current hardware.
  • Hopefully it will have the edge to edge screen. It would be so cool if we could get extra wide tiles like the m8 UI on Android.
  • I want NOTHING that has "extra wife" on it! Perish the thought.
  • Bwah-hahaha!!
  • Exclusives only work well if they are advertised like crazy. A great example is the original iphone in the UK which was only available on O2. It was advertised everywhere - billboards, TV, magazines, radio etc... Everyone knew about it and almost everyone wanted one. That's what MS and their partners are going wrong IMHO
  • Doesn't anyone here knows what unlocking a phone means?
  • I have no idea why you folks don't rebel against exclusives. Bombard the carrier hotlines! In Europe most carriers stopped locking the phones they sell to their network because people just unlocked them anyway.
    WP has 10% marketshare in Europe, close to nothing in Japan and US. Guess why.
  • Laws.
  • In the USA Verizon phones are also already unlocked. There is nothing but money stopping people from buying these phones outright and inserting a SIM of choice. Whether all LTE bands will work is another story, but the option is there and you have 14 days to try to get it to work.
  • Well I used the unlocking as an example of what the voice of customers can do. Same can happen with exclusives if the customer voice is strong enough
  • What if I tell you that http://www.telfort.nl/ already 'leaked' the phone?
  • Those that fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it.
    The definition of insanity - Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
    At this point, with respect to the mobile phone market, I can only hypothesize that MS/Nokia's Windows Phone strategy is insane.
  • Exclusivity is completely a fail marketing strategy for Microsoft and its carriers and manufacturers.  I hate it! 
  • Whoa, pretty major phone, gotta be good news for WP
  • Have to admit I'm impressed. This looks like a solid offering from an OEM who isn't Nokia/Microsoft.
  • Remember their line of phones running WP7? Back then those phones were top class, I don't see why are you surprised?
  • The HD7 was the worst phone I ever owned, aside from running WP, which was its only saving grace. That piece of shit was the reason I went with the Ativ S over the 8X when my carrier passed on the 920. I liked the 8X design better, to be truthful, but I didn't feel I could trust HTC to deliver a quality product. I never regretted it for a moment, either. The Samsung is the best phone I've owned to date, never an issue. It just. Plain. Works. Just like the OS running on it.
  • Yeah, WP is now only 6 months behind. There is still a gap, but at least it's closing.
  • We need this phone to sell really well. Everybody buy one!
  • I'd buy 2 if AT&T gets it
  • So it's supposed to be like an M8 running Windows Phone?
  • So that means it's going to run and perform twice as nice :-)
  • I can't believe an OEM which isn't Nokia - technically Microsoft but still - is making a high end Windows Phone.
  • ATIV line is actually high end and I am waiting for LG to get on board.
  • HTC has been making Windows phones since Windows mobile. And they had several solid offerings in WP 7. So yeah not really surprised. Just wondering what took them so long to make a successor to the 8X.
  • Impossible. It can't be faster ;p Posted via WPCentral App.
  • I'm probably the only one who hates this. It's pretty much an HTC One M8 hand-me-down. Same phone, just somebody else wearing it.
  • And you hate this.... Why? Does HTC have a new phone coming out tomorrow? No? So what does it matter. The further this progresses, the more likely we are to see same day launches of the same hardware with the OS of your choice, seems like a win.
  • Which is why I hate it. I don't want the same phone as people on Android. At least I'm safe with Nokia.
  • But phone like these are ones that will drive the OS (app development, etc)... With popular phones like this scarce Accessory won't be a problem anymore... A competition for Micosoft/Nokia also gonna drive it to create better different phones. It's a win win actually... Though, I won't like the idea of Double OS or Microsoft giving its exclusive feature... That's plain stupid for me.
  • I completely understand from a business perspective that this is a win win. For HTC, it's killing two birds with one stone by designing one phone and selling it to two platforms. Sure, I agree that the M8 and many Android phones look very nice. However, everytime I hear things about this I can't help to think that Windows Phone is considered an "inferior" platform and not worth spending a lot of time and effort into creating new hardware specifically for it. I guess it's better than not having one at all, but my favorite motto from the old Windows phone website is, "it's not a phone for all of us, it's a phone for each of us." I know it's meant for the OS, but I personally think it's important for hardware as well.
  • Unlike the Samsung Ativ S (re-badged Galaxy body), the HTC One is an amazing looking device and I'm happy that it's coming as a WP handset. This is the only non-Lumia phone I'd consider as I currently have a HTC One M7. I just wish they'd create Blinkfeed app for WP. I love it.
  • To me, they should have released this phone a bit earlier. The WP version is launching late. Still happy for more WPs though.
  • Yes, and the good question now Can the normal M8 be flashed with WP8.1 rom ? :O
  • Once the HTC specific WP ROM is available, yes.
  • That actually awesome !
  • I haven't had a HTC phone since pro2, to me HTC fell off a bit. This could be their comeback and with a WP8.1
  • I am willing to give this phone a try if the reviews come in positive.
  • Should not be a problem... With all that spec and W8.1 it will be a treat ... Hope HTC will give more attention with its own application though.. A blinkfeed for WP will be awesome :)
  • I loved my HD7. If they could put the imaging capabilities of the Lumia line into the M8 I'd buy in a heartbeat.
  • The 8x was my favorite Windows phone, but Nokia got me with their adopts and camera. I still miss how svelte the 8x was.
  • The Titan II was probably the best WP7 device and I hear the HD7 and Titan were ok. I do miss my Pro2 sometimes tho.
  • Come on, where's the international version?
  • I'm sure there will be one :)