HTC really wants you to buy the One. The Taiwanese company is running a deal called “One Phone, One Weekend, One Premium Upgrade”, which is only available for residents in the U.S. and Canada. If you purchase an HTC One between May 2 (today) and May 5, HTC will give you up to $375 back on an eligible smartphone that you trade-in.
The cash back you’ll receive with this deal, like most trade-in deals, comes in the form of a prepaid Visa card. According to the chart on the official HTC website, and as expected, Apple’s iPhone 5 will net you the most amount of cash followed by the iPhone 4S, the Blackberry Z10 and Samsung’s Galaxy S3. Keep in mind that HTC will only be giving you $375 for a specific model of the iPhone 5, and that is the 16GB GSM version.
To get your cash back from HTC, you’ll need to purchase the HTC One, enter the promo code “HTC100″ on HTC’s promo website and enter in all the information they need to know about the device you’re trading in. After that, you’ll be given a quote on the value of the device. If you agree to that quote, you’ll be able to print off a shipping. Just make sure you send your device to HTC by June 15 to get your prepaid Visa card.
$375 in cash back really isn’t that bad when you consider that purchasing the device outright from a carrier in the U.S. ranges from anywhere between $550 to $599. That means, if you were to pay for the lowest option, which is from Sprint, you’d only be shelling out $175.
It seems like a really great offer, but unless you have a high-end device that HTC deems eligible, there isn’t much difference between the trade-in program HTC is already running.
On another note, HTC today extended its HTC One trade-in program. Interested buyers now have to purchase the HTC One by May 19 and ship the smartphone they’re trading in by June 19. Earlier the purchase by date was April 26 and the trade-in by May 31.
The HTC One has a Full HD 1980 x 1080 4.7-inch display with 468ppi. The device sports a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2300 mAh battery, a rear-facing camera with 4 Ultrapixels and a front-facing 2.1MP shooter, which has 1080p video recording. On the software front, the HTC One is running Sense 5 atop of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
If you’re not familiar with the HTC One, be sure to check out our full review of the device by Android Authority‘s Kristofer Wouk (video below)!
Do you plan on taking advantage of HTC’s “One Phone, One Weekend, One Premium Upgrade” deal? Let us know in the comments!