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.

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