The HTC One A9 will be the first non-CDMA phone that will work on a CDMA network such as Verizon. However, a software update will be needed for the phone to run on Verizon.
HTC took the wraps off the HTC One A9 on Oct. 20 and the handset is available via various U.S. carriers and it is also offered in an unlocked version.
The HTC One A9 is available for preorder directly from HTC's official website at a price tag of $399.99. The unlocked model along with AT&T and T-Mobile versions of the phone will be available in Carbon Gray, Opal Silver and Deep Garnet. However, Sprint customers will not get the option to preorder the Deep Garnet color of the smartphone.
There is a report that the unlocked HTC One A9 will be available in two versions: one for T-Mobile and AT&T and the other for Sprint. However, the unlocked HTC One A9 will also include a notable feature, which will make it the first non-CDMA smartphone to work compatibly on Verizon's network.
To use the HTC One A9 on Verizon, customers will need a software update that will be rolled out shortly after the handset is released. Following the software installation, the mobile phone will use LTE only to run on Verizon network. The HTC One A9 running on Verizon will support full data, SMS, MMS and voice capabilities.
Normally, the handset's compatible on Verizon use CDMA network for making and receiving voice calls and text. LTE is used for data transfer. However, with the advancements in Voice over LTE, or VoLTE, the carrier may be able to manage everything via LTE alone.
Even though it is good news for prospective HTC One A9, it should be noted that owners of the latest HTC offering will not be able to use their phone in the absence of LTE coverage.
HTC One A9 will be the first non-CDMA phone to run on a CDMA network, which means that future smartphones from HTC as well as from other companies may also adopt the trick.
Verizon is yet to confirm the compatibility of HTC One A9 on its network.