Black Friday is coming and with it, the mad rush of companies pushing their products at cheaper prices and customers pushing their way to get their hands on them.
Those looking for a brand new smartphone can look to HTC to get into the holiday spirit a little bit early. The Taiwanese firm has been having a very tough year, and it's hoping to turn its fortunes around with consumers who will be willing to part with their hard-earned cash for an HTC product.
The company has been going through some rough patches in 2015 — from a stumbling stock price to lackluster sales and phone releases — that it is even willing to part with its flagship phone the HTC One A9 for free. Yes, for free but with conditions of course.
The $499.99 HTC One A9, just announced last October, can be had free of charge if the buyers trade in their Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S or 6S Plus for the HTC flagship.
An unlocked iPhone straight from Apple already costs more than the One A9 at $549 for the 16GB version. Since, however, HTC's One A9 looks like the twin of Apple's latest lineup of iPhones, no one would be able to tell the difference between the two anyway at a glance. If anything, those looking for an Android phone with an Apple design will find it in the One A9.
HTC is taking in other trade-ins as well but at discounts significantly less than what the company would accept for an iPhone. Trading in a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, for example, qualifies for a $200 rebate while an LG G3 or G4 trades in for only a $100 rebate.
Aside from the One A9, HTC is also offering a handful of its other devices and accessories on sale on its website. From Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, all Nexus 9 models will be at 40 percent off along with a free Logitech Keyboard for the first 500 customers buying the 32GB LTE model. Also coming in at 40 percent off is the One M9 from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. From Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, all HTC accessories will be discounted by 40 percent as well. Finally, HTC's action cam, the RE camera, will also go on sale from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 at 60 percent off its original price.
HTC loyalists — and those who want to switch to Android from iOS — should take note of the dates as HTC's offers are only valid while supplies last.
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