The HTC-made Desire brand is one of the most recognizable in the US and probably worldwide. For the last few years, however, the Taiwanese manufacturer focused on other lineups. Just when we thought that the Desire family was put to rest, a certain Desire 610 arrived on AT&T in late July. Last month we heard rumors that Verizon could be getting ready to launch its own version of the phone and guess what? The XLTE-ready HTC Desire 612 for Verizon is now on sale for free on contract in carrier’s stores.
HTC Desire 612 for Verizon Wireless
Anticipating your question, we hasten to explain that even though the names don’t match, this is exactly the same phone, except for Verizon branding (on the back and front, as always), a few Verizon apps and support for XLTE. The new HTC Desire 612 for Verizon Wireless can be yours for free as long as you sign a new 2-year contract. There is also an option to grab the phone outright for $299.99 or with Verizon Edge for $14.99 per month.
The HTC Desire 612 for Verizon matches carrier’s colors as it is black on the front and back with red band running around the sides and red HTC logo on the back. The appearance is somewhat unconventional but at the same time is very pleasant to the eye. Aside from the new color scheme, Verizon’s Desire 612 is exactly the same as AT&T’s Desire 610.
It means that you will get a phone with 4.7-inch HD display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory expandable via microSD slot. The handset also comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash but no UltraPixel technology, 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera, 2040 mAh battery, XLTE connectivity, HTC BoomSound dual front speakers and Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.
Technology is moving forward so fast that basically each new model redefines the standards for its own class. A few years ago the Desire 612 would be considered a premium device. Today – not so much. Still, it’s a very decent phone offering fast data and some of HTC’s popular functionalities that we love. Moreover, it’s available for free, so if you want to adopt one unit, visit Verizon’s online or retail store.