HTC One buyers can score cash by trading in current phone

Buy an HTC One phone, trade in your existing phone, and you could get anywhere from $100 to $375 back. The deal ends May 5.

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Those of you who pick up the HTC One smartphone could get cash back if you trade in your current phone.

Kicking off Thursday, the offer rewards buyers of the HTC One with as little as $100 or as much as $375 for trading it any one of a number of phones. The trade-in promo page lists the following phones: iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3, Motorola Droid Razr, LG Optimus 4X HD, BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Curve, and BlackBerry Bold.

But a variety of other phones are also eligible depending on their condition. HTC's Trade-Up page lets you enter the make, model, and condition of your phone. Type the promo code HTC100, and you can discover how much cash HTC is willing to send you if you buy an HTC One.

The cash you get back depends on the phone you trade in. The iPhone 5 scores the highest at anywhere from $300 to $375. The iPhone 4S merits anywhere from $200 to $255. And trading in a Galaxy S3 will reward you with $130 to $210.

The cash comes to you in the form of a prepaid Visa card. The offer itself is good for the HTC One bought through any retail store or from any of its U.S. carriers -- AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Cincinnati Bell. It also ends Sunday, May 5, which means curious consumers have only a few days to decide whether the deal is worth it.

To further convince rival smartphone owners to opt for the HTC One, HTC also offers tools to help them transfer their information from one phone to another.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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