Late last week we talked about a theory regarding the launch of Verizon’s version of the HTC One. While it was heavily based on speculation, the idea that Verizon might take advantage of an event during the upcoming CTIA conference to announce the smartphone seemed pretty darn logical. Verizon continues to remain tight-lipped about the situation, but we get a little bit of circumstantial evidence supporting the One launch theory today, upon seeing Verizon heavily discount the HTC Droid DNA.
After all, the predominant theory for why Verizon has kept its distance from the One concerns last year’s Droid DNA. Were it to rush in and replace the DNA with the One, it might risk users feeling slighted, but on the other hand, that’s just the spot the One was born to fill.
Users who take advantage of Verizon’s promotion will be able to score the Droid DNA free on contract. There are some small hoops to jump through, so this doesn’t feel exactly like flat-out dumping the phone to clear stocks, but the timing of this offer sure does align with rumors: Verizon’s deal is good through May 21, and May 22 has been put forward as when the carrier might reveal its version of the One.