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If there's one thing Verizon's known for, it's high prices. Errr, constant changes that end up costing consumers more money. No, that's not right either. Umm...red! That's it. If there's one thing Verizon's know for (aside from high prices and finding ways to charge customers more money) it's red. You know, the color. That's why we call it "Big Red." Heh.

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Anyway, since Verizon is oft-associated with red, it looks like the company will be getting a red HTC One M8, according to @evleaks. It's unclear whether or not this will be an exclusive handset color for the carrier, but given how much HTC loves to hand out exclusive colors to basically everyone, I'd probably count on it.

No word on when this guy will be available, but here's to hoping you haven't already picked one up when what you really wanted was a big, bold red 'un.

@evleaks

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    My verizon bill is $80 for unlimited LTE. If i had the same deal on Tmobile, it would be $80 + the monthly payment for a phone.

    • psychoace

      That's great so where can I get this deal? Oh yeah that's right you're grandfathered in. How do you get a new phone? Are you allowed to upgrade or do you have to buy one at full cost?

      • silver_arrow

        Full price.

        • Arthur Dent

          Lol ... yeah, @thebeeobee is getting such a great deal, acting like he doesn't really have to pay for the phone.

          • Mike

            Lol...though if you are a heavy data user..over a two year contract it's by far cheaper to pay full price for a phone and keep the unlimited LTE plan.

            And paying full price does at least have the benefit of having the phone insuranble on your homeowners.

          • psychoace

            Also I just hate people who brag about lucking out on keeping a old deal alive. He's bragging about Verizon yet they currently have much more expensive plans then T-Mobile and offer nothing like what he has got.

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            Didn't Verizon just debut some more everything plan for like $50? Pretty much the same as teh Tmobile $50 deal.

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            Tmobile users pay full price too! just split up. But they aren't saving any money by doing it that way.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            That's patently false. With financing, you end up paying less. At 0% APR, the money stays in your bank account longer, accruing interest. And as for the plans, our monthly bills drop when we're done paying off the device. As I've said before, tell me the last time Verizon adjusted your price after you paid your device subsidy in full...

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            Can you point me to what bank you use where your interest is higher than the inflation rate? i'd love to see this.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            Obviously, interest rate depends on the bank. I don't really feel like being your financial adviser, so I'll leave it up to you to make your own buying choices.

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            I'm not acting like that. I'm just saying that all carriers have their plusses and minuses. Verizon has awesome service and there are some good deals to be had if you work hard enough to get them. For you guys playing $107+ a month for Tmobile unlimited + phone...i hope you have lte where you live.

          • mcnegro

            just can't BYOD.

            Any phone you use has to be one Verizon sold. You also have to either call or go into the store to change phones. No simple sim swap.

            May not matter to some people but I consider those deal-breakers. CDMA = No!

          • tim242

            It is as simple as a SIM swap. I have been swapping SIM's for years. The SIM in my GS5 is the same one I used in my Gnex.

        • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

          You pay full price on Tmobile too! That's the myth! it's just split up over 24 months.

          • ThatGuyzx

            Although, T-Mo + Nexus Device is certainly cheaper than Verizon. Verizon = $75 for 2gb and that's the most you can get as individual. TMo = $60 for 3gb or $80 Unlimited data.
            I personally do $60/month and Nexus phone for $350. Happy wallet.

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            Cool I do $80 unlimited on Verizon and paid $399 for my Droid Maxx. Happy wallet.

      • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

        You sound really butthurt, psychoace.

        I posted about MY deal and it's not my fault you weren't smart enough to take advantage of it.

        • sweenish

          Because everyone totally could have. I couldn't. Too poor to have a smartphone plan, period. At the time. Now that I can afford one, T-Mobile's coverage is good enough where I care that they are the cheapest for me. $50/month savings over Verizon, at least. I also get three times the data allowance and about double the speed from one of Verizon's good days.

          Comparing your grandfathered, non-existent plan to what a new customer would get on other carriers is apples to something not even close to apples.

          It's good that you have a great plan. Hold onto it until you die. But don't act like everyone should be on it.

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            Cool. Some people shop for the cheapest. Some shop for best quality. Get what you can afford. But the Verizon hate is unfounded. If you are happy with what you have, good for you.

            I'm NOT acting like everyone should be on anything. I'm just saying the hate is unfounded and i presented scenarios to support it.

          • Dean Politis

            The Verizon hate is not unfounded. In my dealings with them, they are rude and don't care about their customers. I filed a complaint with both the Better Business Bureau and the Michigan Attorney General's office to deal with an issue I had with them. Even though their web site had information that supported my claim , they didn't try to resolve my issue until I filed the complaints. To be fair, when I originally called Verizon's customer service; the initial person was very polite but was not authorized to address my issue (they even agreed with my complaint). As I went up the chain (all the way to their office of the president), they got ruder and ruder.

            Verizon may have the best coverage, but they were very unscrupulous with me. They were more concerned about saving a few bucks than losing me as a customer.

            In my dealings with T-Mobile, they are always polite and very friendly. T-Mobile may not address issues exactly as I would like, but they were always reasonable. Verizon, on the other hand, is obstinate and won't admit an error on their part.

      • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

        What do you have, T-Mobile? Yeah you are paying full retail too...

        • psychoace

          Uh obviously, I said over time or at full cost. Meaning I get 24 months to pay off my phone while he has to pony up $600+ at time of sale if he wants a new smart phone.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            Why would you want to finance a $600 phone? People these days just love monthly payments on everything. I also have a grandfathered plan with Verizon, I pay $20 less than T-Mobile as well.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            Because with financing, you end up paying less. At 0% APR, the money stays in your bank account longer, accruing interest.

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            Right, because interesting on $600 is going to be worthwhile. Most checking accounts get what, 0.1% interest? Even rewards checking is only 1-2%.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            Somehow, I knew you would ignore the fact that, however nominal, it is still less. It might wind up being only slightly less, but less is less and not everyone has $600 to drop on a phone in one lump sum. Financing is the better option. I would finance every device I purchase, but I buy unlocked and that is seldom an option at most retailers.

            Buying outright has a time and place, but there is a financial benefit to financing. Even a few cents adds up after a while.

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            Moto X isn't $600. Droid Maxx wasn't $600. Htc one was less at one point. G2 was less at one point.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Yes, but unlike Verizon, our monthly bills drop when we're done paying off the device. Tell me the last time Verizon adjusted your price after you paid your device subsidy in full...

          • tim242

            How many people take advantage of that? After 2 years with a device, people want a new device. Usually, before two years. People bug me about "early" upgrades all day, every day.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            I'm one of them... with JUMP!, if you pay 50% of the device, you can upgrade. So an installment plan can be an invitation to early upgrade, if you choose.

            T-Mo people don't get bothered about upgrades because your device is separate from your plan. If you ask me, that's the way it should be - the price of service should not be dependent on the choice of device.

          • tim242

            You say that the device is separate from your plan, yet you will always be making a phone payment. That is no different than a subsidized phone.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            I don't think we're on the same page. The service is also contract-free, so it is VERY different from a device subsidy. And while you are welcome to pay off the device in monthly installments, you always have the option to pay off the outstanding balance as a lump sum. That's very different, as I see it...

          • tim242

            You are still under contract to pay off the phone. In all reality, it would cost less to break a contract and pay the ETF, than to pay off the phone

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            That is usually NEVER the case. It's extraordinarily rare that the outstanding balance owed on a device surpasses the amount owed for an ETF. If that were true, everyone would get a Verizon contract with a nice device, break the contract and pay the ETF, and emerge with an unlocked, GSM-compatible device at a fraction of the cost if it were purchased outright. Not the case.

            Also, you can usually return the phone within a certain period anyway, for reasons like buyer's remorse. What, you don't expect T-Mobile to forgive the remaining balance on the device so people can leave, do you? That'd be insanity! T-Mobile would be the biggest device charity on earth if that were the case.

          • tim242

            You just proved my point. You are still tied to T-Mobile, you are not contract free. The ETF is 350, which declines by 10 per month. If you cancel soon enough, the ETF plus the subsidized cost is less than the full retail price. The GS5 is 200 on contract, or 600 full retail. 350 + 200 = 550. Regardless of what you call it, you are still paying for a phone every month and can't leave until it is paid off. That is no different than a subsidy plus ETF. They are both contracts, and cost about the same.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            Baloney. Incorrect. You don't HAVE to buy your device from T-Mobile. But, because you did, obviously there needs to be a mechanism that ensures T-Mo is compensated for the cost of the device. Are you serious? They can't just do EIP and have no assurance that you'll pay! That's ludicrous.

            As for the ETF, that situation is not typical. And there IS a difference. You are FREE to cancel your service and take your device somewhere else. Why does it matter so much that T-Mo is the outlet at which you purchased your device? (I know Verizon's lousy CDMA architecture locks you to their network, but with GSM, there's choice.) It's like complaining that you bought a Chrysler at a dealership down the road but no longer get it serviced there. Take your phone somewhere else!

            I know you work for Verizon, but any way you slice it, it is NOT the same thing. And, unlike Verizon, T-Mobile is completely transparent about the device cost and plan cost, as they are separate. As a result, you usually save a little on the device, too. Don't try to confuse the issue. Paying for a device on EIP is *NOT* the same thing as being locked into a contract.

          • tim242

            You are locked to the carrier, whether the contract is on the service, or on the phone. You can't leave either without paying. I do not work for Verizon. Verizon LTE phones are SIM unlocked and can be used on any GSM carrier. That situation is very typical with the ETF. The ETF drops by 10 dollars for every month you complete of the contract. The point is, you are bound to the carrier to pay for the phone, whether it is built in subsidy, or separated phone payment. You cancel a contract, you pay the ETF that recovers subsidy. You cancel non-contract service, you have to pay off the phone. Here is an example of how ETF is usually cheaper. Let's say you get a phone on contract at Verizon for 200. You decide 4 months later to cancel. You will have paid 200 + 310 ETF, which is 510. Now, let's look at the T-Mobile way. You pay 0 down for a new phone. You decide 4 months in that you want to cancel. You will have to pay 600+ for the phone. Even with the 4 months of subsity you paid in the Verizon plan, you still come out paying a bit less than the full cost of the phone. The only way going the T-Mobile route wouldn't be the same as a contract, is if they let you turn the phone back in instead of requiring you to to pay for the phone.

          • tim242

            Oh, I forgot to point out that you pay more for phones on T-Mobile. the S5 is 599 on Verizon, 660 on T-Mobile.

          • Dean Politis

            You also forget, you don't have to get the phone from T-Mobile. I got a Nexus 5 w/ 32GB directly from Google for $399. You can't do that with Verizon.

            You really don't get the point that with Verizon's subsidized price, you pay more. When you add the subsidized cost of the phone plus the extra monthly payment (and there is no unlimited LTE available from Verizon on a subsidized phone). I paid $85 a month with Verizon for 450 minutes and 4GB data on a subsized phone. I paid a $299 (Galaxy Nexus) subsidy. The Nexus 4 from Google was $349 and my T-Mobile plan was $60 for 5GB of 4G data and 500 minutes. The amount I paid extra on Verizon was (25X24 + 299 - 349 = ) $550. Yes, Verizon cost me $550 extra over 2 years.

          • tim242

            There is no Nexus 5 for Verizon customers, so using that phone as an example doesn't work. Most consumers buy subsidized phones, or payment plans. Those are the only choices on Verizon. People that buy on the payment plan get a discount on their bill. They did in fact remove the subsidy for EDGE users. Regardless of how you cut it, a payment plan on T-Mobile is a contract

          • Dean Politis

            The Nexus 5 is exactly the point. You can't get it on Verizon. Verizon is a closed network and T-Mobile's network (and AT&T's) is not. I can get a unlocked phone for a good deal and use it. As long as the phone is compatible with T-Mobile's network you can use it. You can only used devices approved by Verizon on Verizon's network.

            By the way, I have no contract with T-Mobile with my Nexus 5.

          • tim242

            That is irrelevant to the subject at hand. You can't dismiss Verizon's 108 million customers. Very few people care to buy unlocked phones.

          • Dean Politis

            When I bought the Verizon Galaxy Nexus I paid $299 for a subsidized phone that I paid a $25 premium to Verizon to pay off the rest. Never mind that Google sold the GSM phone a few months later on the Googe Play Store for $399. So I paid $600 extra to Verizon to save $100. The subsidy model is a scam. The initial out of pocket cost is what makes up for it. The carriers more than make up for it. T-Mobile's model is up-front and your monthly cost goes down once you pay off the phone. Verizon does not do that.

          • tim242

            Yes, Tmobile's price goes down after it is paid off. That sounds good in theory. The whole point of jump is to keep you paying for a phone. Hardly anybody keeps a phone past two years. You know that.

    • shojus

      I am on the same grandfathered plan as you but I must ask, why did you even comment on this article seeing as you don't like HTC and the article states nothing about plans or T-Mobile? You kinda make yourself look like an ass with about 20 comments. Just sayin...

      • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

        20 comments to respond to people. I get notifications in my inbox.

        And I only brought up tmobile because they have a clever BS marketing campaign right now and I'm trying to dispell some myths about Verizon and their high prices. I could've brought up sprint but...who would actually consider using that service? nobody.

        • Dean Politis

          I pay $59.50 and no monthly phone payment on T-Mobile with unlimited LTE, unlimited data, unlimited messaging, unlimited data in foreign companies. T-Mobile is not BS. I was paying $85 on Verizon for 4GB of LTE data. Don't bring up plans that haven't existed in years to make Verizon look good.

          And by the way, I left Verizon because their LTE was slower than T-Mobile's HSPA+ in my area and their customer service was completely awful.

          Also, I got an unlocked Nexus 5 device. Good luck on getting an unlocked device working on Verizon.

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            Link me to how I can pay $59.50 tmobile for unlimited LTE please. I want a second plan for business. That sounds awesome.

          • Dean Politis

            I get a discount on T-Mobile from Working Advantage

  • BrianLipp

    You act like a red phone is a no-brainer to be on Verizon, but look back to last year. The red HTC One was only on Sprint and the red GS4 was on AT&T. This is actually the first red phone I can remember in recent history i can remember being on Verizon (besides exclusive phones like the Droids).

    • sweenish

      Yep, no red Lumias or HTC Windows Phone 8X's, either. And they were already available in red. Verizon just didn't pick them up.

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  • Arthur Dent

    Well, isn't that a butt ugly phone?

    Oh, and nice job HTC, with the green theme it makes it look like a Christmas phone! Uh, you're a little bit early though...... Maybe this is what Olaf uses in summer.

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    A lot of butthurt trolls in these comments (and i guess the blog poster) but Verizon is AWESOME. I highly recommend you seek out a good deal when you see it because they are the rolls royce of cell service.

    I wouldn't buy an HTC phone, however. I have standards.

    • NemaCystX

      lol ok

      keep drinking that red koolaid

      • Aooga

        Koolaid is red.

        • NemaCystX

          not all of them, I specifically stated red because of verizon, *facepalm*

          • Aooga

            I was kidding :)

    • Christian Wagner Jr

      Having been on all major US carriers, I wouldnt say its the Rolls Royce of service.. I had them when I had my Nexus, ditched them for the M7 on AT&T. Love the phone, but the plan was alittle costly, went back to Verizon and got the crappy S4. That love affair lasted about 4 months before I went back to AT&T with the m8. Both AT&T and Verizon are good in my area, it all comes down to cost, and since AT&T lowered the plans alittle, I went back. I had no issues with Verizon really, I just didnt like how they neuter alot of their phones. In my area Verizon and AT&T are both top notch services. As far as phones go, I hated the heck out of those 4 months with the s4, man I couldnt stand that phone, and I swayed everyone I could away from buying Samsung in favor of HTC. Smaller companies tend to put out better products because they have something to prove..

      And HTC did just that with the M7 and now the M8

      • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

        Cool. Yeah, I'm not a Samsung fan either. Never used the S4 but it doesn't appeal to me at all.

        HTC isn't a "smaller company" though.

        • tim242

          What do you use?

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            Moto Droid Maxx.

          • tim242

            Ahhh, interesting. For some reason, I was thinking you were an iPhone user.

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            Nah, but I'll probably get their phablet iphone 6 on tmobile when it comes out just to have it.

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      OMG, you're so brainwashed.
      How's that feel? Do you get headaches regularly?
      Do you hear voices?

    • S1ayer

      I've had Verizon for years with unlimited LTE. Multiple 4G phones. The past year they have been terrible in New York. I can't get a 4G signal in my office anymore. 4G deadspots along a major highway. Extremely slow data speeds at PAX Prime and PAX East, meanwhile T-Mobile was flying.

    • KlausWillSeeYouNow

      Both of the statements that you just made show, that you do not, in fact, have standards. Or taste. ;-)

      • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

        RUDE :(

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          It was a statement made purely in jest, my friend. Let no offense be taken.

          Why the hate for HTC, though? They make quality devices. And while Verizon is good, I'm not partial to their service. It seems like you rule out a lot of legitimate choices by default, without explaining why.

          • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

            HTC is just a lot of hot air and empty promises. One X owners couldn't multitask and had garbage battery life.

            I had to wait months and months for the Incredible 4g LTE to hit the market and by then it wasn't even worth grabbing.

            The Rezound overheated constantly and need a brick of an extended battery to last past noon.

            Not going to mention some of their older disasters.

            And then One series has been a flop commercially. They said they were going to stick to just one brand and then screwed that up. Sense is finally getting better, so I'll give them that.

            And the One that I used last year didn't have a seamless edge! You could feel a gap.

            HTC is just a clueless company that is running their brand into the ground. Their last tablet being the flyer is also a joke.

            So that's my explanation. Just a bad company that isn't worth supporting. If you feel good about giving them your money, that's fine...but look at their history and realize that you're probably going to get burned by a bad product almost every time.

          • KlausWillSeeYouNow

            Hmmm. Haven't owned a ton of HTC's, but I can see your point. There's something very compelling about their products though, at least to me. I was dying to buy an M8, but the unpardonably bad camera ruined the deal. Instead, I purchased a Sony Xperia Z2. (It was either the Z2 or OnePlus One.)

            I'm hoping the M9 or whatever is finally up-to-par - because HTC is killing me with these slightly-subpar flagships.

  • David Li

    Why is it that on all these leaks, the bottom speaker is not aligned? It is disturbing.

    • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

      It's not just the leaks, it's like that in the renders on the store page of the Silver on Best Buy's site and Verizon's maybe more. I don't know what idiot made that render let alone approved it to be put up in official places.

  • Jacob Serna

    They can keep it.

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  • Just_Some_Nobody

    I call BS. There's not a big Verizon logo on the FRONT.

  • http://www.vrdwellersblog.com/ Miles Reiter

    I just want to know why that messed up render with the bottom speaker grille in the wrong place is still around. It's all over official carrier and seller websites.

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    This article, particularly the first few sentences, made me audibly laugh. Well done, Mr. Summerson. Well done.

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    This so irked me, I decided to fix it. What it should have looked like:

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