By I-Hsien Sherwood ( | First Posted: Mar 18, 2013 10:31 AM EDT

HTC's tweet. (Photo : Twitter)

Verizon customers eagerly awaiting the HTC One will be disappointed: HTC confirmed on Twitter that its new smartphone won't be carried by Verizon in the U.S., offering the Droid DNA as an alternative.

"@cizzlen The HTC One will not be available on the Verizon network, but have you seen the awesome, #DROIDDNA?," tweeted HTC USA in response to a question about the One.

Recent tweets from fans have lamented that they won't be able to get their hands on the phone, or that they'll steer clear of Verizon to make sure they can.

However, it looks like HTC deleted the original tweet later, though it's been retweeted plenty of times. Is it possible HTC is trying to rescind its declaration? It hasn't been correcting anyone directing vitriol at Verizon, but perhaps the company doesn't want to burn any bridges. After all, there are several HTC phones on Verizon, and the successor to the Droid DNA, rumored to be the HTC DLXPLUS, should also be available on the nation's largest mobile carrier.

However, the news does leave Verizon customers out in the cold. While analysts have speculated whether the HTC One can hold its own against the new Samsung Galaxy S4, Verizon customers won't get the chance to decide for themselves, and it makes HTC's hard road back into the smartphone market even more rocky.

The HTC One features a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch 1920x1080 pixel widescreen Super LCD 3 display, a 4 megapixel "Ultrapixel" camera with enhanced low-light sensitivity with 1080p HD video, up to 64 GB of internal storage and runs Android 4.1.2.

Check back for the latest updates on the HTC One as they become available.

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