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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by usedtobeanyer, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. usedtobeanyer

    usedtobeanyer Member
    Thread Starter

    I am interested in upgrading my phone to the DNA, however when I look at available devices on the Verizon web page, the DNA isn't shown. I did a live chat with a customer service rep who told me the phone is "retired" as of this week. I have seen it for sale at my local store, however.

    Is it true that this phone is retired?

  2. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    With the HTC One launch coming, they may not be restocking this phone once it sells out of a source. So it's might be like a clearance sale, it's while supplies last.
  3. AntimonyER


    Wow, so it is. RIP DNA.
  4. ouch1976

    ouch1976 Android Enthusiast

    Wow! This is wild. They still offer the whole RAZR line alongside the ULTRA, MINI, & MAXX. Yet they discontinue the DNA before they even announce the ONE. Verizon is the worst...
  5. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Android Expert

    As long as they support it with software updates, I couldn't care less if they stop selling it.
  6. rivera02

    rivera02 Android Enthusiast

    If they're done selling it, I wouldn't count on much support from here on out.
  7. mwl1119

    mwl1119 Android Expert

    Good luck ever seeing 4.2.2 officially.

    With the new Edge program Verizon will never update this phone and stop you from buying a HTC One on the 15th.
  8. N9nestein

    N9nestein Newbie

  9. Slickyy

    Slickyy Well-Known Member

    Just talked to a Verizon Rep, he has no internal information from HTC about them supporting the DNA heavily anymore. The phone didn't sell well, which is why Verizon pushed to get the HTC One now. Expect 1 or 2 updates in 2013, then that will most likely be it for the HTC DNA and it's updates. Sad day
  10. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra=

    Interesting. Device comparisons almost make the DNA appear to be superior to the HTC One. There are trade offs here and there.

    Perhaps it's about aesthetics, market appeal/target thrust, etc.

    In other words, I don't get it. :D

    HTC One vs HTC DROID DNA - Phone specs comparison
  11. AntimonyER


    Right, it's basically the Ones older brother. It's a fantastic phone, and is perfect if you don't need memory :p
  12. ouch1976

    ouch1976 Android Enthusiast

    I've seen the comments about it not being a good seller for Verizon, but it always shows up on Amazons top seller lists...
  13. mwl1119

    mwl1119 Android Expert

    Because Amazon has had it for $50 for months.

    It's the only quad-core phone you can get for under $100.
  14. dlin95123

    dlin95123 Well-Known Member

    I switched from Sprint's HTC One to DNA. I had gone through 3 HTC One phones and they all had the "death grip reception" problem. IMO, the phone was not ready yet.

    I really liked the HTC One phone though. It had the best voice quality among all the phones I had ever used, including landline phones....
  15. Slickyy

    Slickyy Well-Known Member

    The DNA is pretty much the test run for a high end HTC phone in America. The One was just a full operation.

    To my knowledge how it all kind of went down is that Verizon wanted an exclusive phone from one of the big companies, and they couldn't make it happen with the Galaxy SIII or S4. So they went to HTC, saw some of their Japan Exclusive models and asked "make us one of these just for Verizon" and HTC did so. Thus we have the DNA
  16. welbinator

    welbinator Android Enthusiast


    oh, were you serious? :smokingsomb:
  17. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Android Expert

    They'll support it for long enough. I don't need 5 years of support.
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  18. AntimonyER


    Verizon may take forever, but they are supporting their phones pretty well, I mean the thunderbolt got ics well after it was retired.
  19. BigCiX

    BigCiX Android Expert

    Viper ROMs are some of the best for HTC phones. If Version stops supporting you can be sure Viper will put out something fresh. Plus they offer ota updates.
  20. mwl1119

    mwl1119 Android Expert

    The phone was retired because of Verizon's deal with Motorola.

    No phones not made by Motorola can carry the "Droid" name....

    The thing is though that the DNA is a better phone than the Droids (S4 Pro Quad Core vs S4 Pro Dual Core, 1080P screen vs 720P screen).
  21. AntimonyER


    Hmm, the Droid Incredible 4G is still available though. I think the introduction of the One is a better reason.

    As far as comparing the Moto's X8 to the DNA, I wouldn't be so quick to judge. Thanks to some excellent investigation by EarlyMon in the Moto X forum, it appears Moto could have a winner in that department.
  22. mwl1119

    mwl1119 Android Expert

    It's only available as certified preowned though.

    It was retired as well.
  23. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Android Expert

    Yup, I sure was.

  24. AntimonyER


    I have to say, if the DNA really gets the update by the end of next month, I will be EXTREMELY impressed with HTC. If they beat the Moto X, Google's own pride and joy, to 4.3, some major bragging rights will have been earned, especially for a discontinued phone.
  25. nate91

    nate91 Newbie

    Verizon has kind of been fumbling with their releases. The One is coming out this month, but the One Max(or whatever its gonna be called) cant be that far away.

HTC Droid DNA Forum

The HTC Droid DNA release date was November 2012. Features and Specs include a 5.0" inch screen, 8MP camera, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and 2020mAh battery.

November 2012
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