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Sprint’s exclusive red HTC One launches tomorrow with NextRadio FM radio support

HTC One Red --NextRadio8-9-2013

Sprint has just announced that they would be carrying the HTC One in red, an exclusive color for the Now Network. It’ll be the same 4.7-inch, Snapdragon 600, 1080p device that folks have been enjoying for a couple of months now, except it’ll be red and sizzling hot. It’ll head to Sprint’s airwaves beginning tomorrow for $200 following a new two-year contract agreement.

It’s quite strange that Verizon wouldn’t be in line to carry the HTC One in the very color they’re famous for, but perhaps we should worry about Verizon actually releasing the device period.

Alongside that, Sprint has announced NextRadio support for the HTC One and HTC EVO 4G LTE, an application that’ll make it easy for users to jump onto the FM radio waves to listen to their local stations with very little battery drain.

It’s not as flexible as an internet-based radio station, but it doesn’t take up nearly as much battery life or data. The app provides more than just a way to dial-in to the exact station you want. You can also do the following:

  • Browse stations in their local area by genre or frequency, set favorites, view recently played stations or use a traditional tuner interface
  • Call or text the radio shows they love, providing the ability to send instant feedback to the station whenever and virtually wherever they are listening
  • Watch music and talk come to life with album art, station logos, song and show details, and instant actions like sharing or purchasing songs right from their phone

We’re not sure if Sprint will be looking to bring NextRadio to more of their devices in the future, but I imagine that relies on more OEMs being willing to stuff FM radios into their handsets. In any case, it’s exciting news regardless, and no one can be mad at having too many options. Anyone looking to scoop one up beginning tomorrow?

Continue reading on the HTC One forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.




  • Ron_Swanson

    This is hilarious. How did Verizon not nab this color? Oh wait, they don’t have an HTC One yet…..nevermind.

    • Tony Lai

      I think they will get the blue one, eventually….

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        • Marsg

          i guess we have different opinions, the blue one kinda reminds me of those cheap poetic hard cases. Just doesn’t match very well unlike the red. Might be cause the color scheme red and black is better looking than blue and black.

        • Chad Vincent

          My favorite thing about the blue One is the black plastic. The white stains.

    • toomuchgame441

      You’re cold blooded.

  • Peter Elder

    I won’t even consider this phone, or any phone on Sprint for that matter. I can’t wait until my contract is up so I can ditch Sprint. I’ve pretty much had it with them.

    • toomuchgame441

      Why don’t you renew your contract w/ Sprint? I’m sure that would solve your woes.

      • Peter Elder

        Will renewing my contract finally make my 4G faster than my 3G? I’m guessing not. Doesn’t matter now good the phone is when the network sucks. I’ve stuck with them for 11 years now and I’m done waiting for their network to get better.

        • phatmanXXL [15,500+ comments]

          I’m a sprint customer too, yea they keep saying “our towers are being updated, just hang in there.” I been hanging in there since 08 and their service seems to be getting worse.

          • Peter Elder

            What really gets me is the $10 fee for data service that doesn’t even work. 4G is worse than 3G, and 3G is barely functional. It’s been years and things have only gotten worse even though there have been dozens of tower “upgrades” in the area. Shiny new phones aren’t enough to keep me around, especially now that Sprint Premier has been done away with.

          • EasyEEE

            Well, I am in Mobile, AL … Not on the LTE “list” … Current or future. And LTE has popped up quite literally over the last few weeks. It’s also popping up in Pensacola, FL, another non announced location… Shrug. I didn’t think I would ever get it here… Well, it’s rolling out here..

        • james ortiz

          yeah I started a contract with them in 2011 and after a few months I couldn’t take it so I left.

        • toomuchgame441

          Find it in your heart to renew Peter, you’ll grow use to the slower speeds… Tell them you want the contract to be 4 years instead of 2.

        • Christopher Ickes

          Hey man, just switch to verizon so you can get raped while you cry…. lol

        • Danny Vaca

          same here i hate sprint

    • bunkersoft

      Sprint is doing so much since Softbank took over! Haha. Softbank must have needed a tax write off. The phone looks nice but it will not work, no data, poor service.

    • Scott Stafford

      I’m in the exact same boat. Tired of the connectivity issues. Random timeouts, LTE to 3g connection black holes, as well as incredibly slow speed across the board. I’ll likely be switching to Verizon with the HTC One or Moto X.

      • Peter Elder

        All of those things! Makes me want to pull my hair out! I’ll probably end up at t-mobile. I have an aversion to VZW.

        • Scott Stafford

          Unfortunately ATT and Tmobile have horrible coverage in my area as well. North Atlanta.

    • Danny Vaca

      same here man sprint sucks ass i have sprint i recently went with sprint in january and i totaly regret it especially having 5 lines with them !
      anyways my note 2 broke and wasnt eligible for an upgrade so i went ahead and bought the RED HTC one yesterday at full retail price i found it cheaper to buy a phone at full price than having to pay for early termination fee for all 5 lines whichb was over 1500 :(

  • themuffinman75

    I normally wouldn’t do a red phone but I think this looks great. If I had a choice at the time I think I would have gone with the red instead of the silver.

    • toomuchgame441

      Everyone knows the silver HTC One is really the Platinum One… get your life together man.

      • Ron_Swanson

        yeah the silver still looks the best…imo

        • snapper.fishes

          Aye, but red is easier to look for when you misplace your phone.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    No LTE in San Jose, No bueno and no go

  • Azralag

    Its also going to be buy one get one free. New & current

  • stndspec

    FM radios should be in phones, not so much for the ability to listen to music/talk locally for fun (net is obviously great for this, and has so many better options than 10 song repeats all day,) but rather for the emergency benefit should a disaster hit and local communications go down. Cel’s become practically useless, and I’m not so sure most people have radios anymore except in vehicles. Could prove invaluable if it’s cheap enough to include as a contingency feature.

    • snapper.fishes

      Exactly. Not to mention radio stations are fun to (and sometimes only thing you can) listen to when you are driving. I don’t understand why Google and Apple hate FM radios so much.

  • DavidB23

    Well; the fm radio is a good idea; since it doesnt need reception from a sprint tower! At least something on the phone will work.

    • Justice Dean

      AOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooohhhh!

      Its funny cause its true!

    • snapper.fishes

      Ouch.

    • Scott Stafford

      Rofl. Truuuuuuuuuu.

    • Danny Vaca

      lmao i totally agree with u i have sprint and i have the red htc one and i tell u man io hate sprint dude the service sucks i live in NYC and damn barely get any 4g and i would of canceled my contract but i cant since im locked in with sprint and have 5 lines on the account so im screwed and stuck with sprint but i am glad the red version did come out lol

  • Jordan Caviness

    “It’ll be the same 4.7-inch, Snapdragon 600, 1080p device that folks have been enjoying for a couple of months now, except it’ll be red and sizzling hot.” ummm..a couple months? it came out in March! its been out for 5 months…last time i checked, a couple means two…..

  • Rudy Belova

    Just about all HTC phones I’ve owned have had a built in FM radio. My t-mobile HTC One does too.

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      i guess we have different
      opinions, the blue one kinda reminds me of those cheap poetic hard
      cases. Just doesn’t match very well unlike the red. Might be cause the
      color scheme red and black is better looking than blue and black.

    • snapper.fishes

      And according to another commenter you can download this app off the play store too!

  • David Kavic

    I downloaded this app off Google Play onto my Silver HTC One with no issues.

  • EasyEEE

    $200 for the red vice $99 for black or silver? No thanks.

  • dhinged

    It’s great that another phone supports FM radio but support for is still pathetic. NextRadio is the way the radio is trying to get FM chips into phones but making it exclusive to a phone is… well, idiotic. FM always sounds better than streaming and always takes up less data.

  • KJoeM

    I have this red one already. Got it yesterday. Love it

  • Danny Vaca

    i have the red one i got mine yesterday afternoon lol :D i love this phone so much it looks very sexy!