T-Mobile offers HTC One S for free

The fast, stylish HTC One S smartphone is now free with contract.

HTC's One S is free on T-Mobile today. Sarah Tew/CNET

Kick your outrageously old T-Mobile handset to the curb in favor the HTC One S . This sleek, modern Android device is free with two-year contract on this Cyber Monday.

I think that the HTC One S was one of the best Android smartphones HTC has ever sold, though lately that doesn't mean much. Its excellent 8-megapixel camera and nimble 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor would ordinarily serve to put this handset on your short-list any day. Factor in the One S' distinctive and extremely thin chassis that's carved from a single block on anodized aluminum, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and you've got one nice Cyber Monday deal.

Of course Android purists will be better served by splurging on a new LG Nexus 4 , though last I heard supplies are running short. Another alluring feature of this specific One S, which T-Mobile is hawking today, is that it is crafted with a "black ceramic" finish. Essentially, the phone's aluminum body has also undergone HTC's micro arc oxidation construction technique. While HTC boasts its the same material used in satellites and race cars, I just think it looks slick, feels sturdy, and repels fingerprints.

Keep in mind the HTC One S isn't without its shortcomings: an imbedded battery and no microSD expansion slot. Still interested? Learn more at T-Mobile's site.

About the author

Brian Bennett is senior editor for appliances at CNET and reviews a wide range of household and smart-home products. These include everything from microwave ovens, blenders, ranges and coffee makers to personal weather stations. An NYC native, Brian now resides in bucolic Louisville, Kentucky where he dreams of someday owning the sparkling house of the future.


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