It’s never nice to see tech manufacturers getting themselves into financial trouble. But the good news is most companies in such situations are forced to step up their game, therefore making us regular tech lovers some unexpected favors.

Take HTC, for example. We’ve seen the Taiwan-based company’s depressing financial report just a few hours ago, and boom, a special offer for one of their best phones has already arrived.

The One X might not be as popular as the Samsung Galaxy S3, but, when you get it for free, that’s not important. What is important is that, by going to Amazon Wireless and signing up to a new 2-year AT&T contract, you will be able to purchase the HTC One X in either gray or white for just $0.01. The offer is only valid for new customers, although those of you looking to upgrade or add a line to an existing account will not be asked to pay an arm and a leg either (only $99.99).

The off-contract phone of the One X remains a bit prohibitive at Amazon Wireless ($549.99), being actually higher than AT&T’s direct price for a handheld with no commitment ($499.99).

Some of you might be tempted to pass Amazon’s One X for one penny deal, seeing as the One X+’s launch is right around the corner. But still, this is an amazing deal, and, unless you have to get the best specs possible, you should take advantage of it.

AT&T is yet to announce official pricing details for the One X+, but it’s pretty obvious the new phone will be made available at $200 with a two-year contract at the lowest. And are the slightly bigger battery, small processor bump and black casing support really worth 200 bucks? Not really, if you ask me.

Here’s a quick rundown of the original One X’s specs and features just as a reminder of all the goodies you could get for just a penny:

  • 4.7 inch Super IPS LCD touchscreen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and 312 ppi pixel density
  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, soon to be upgraded to 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 1,800 mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • HTC Sense UI
  • Beats Audio
  • Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • 130 grams weight
  • 134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm dimensions

So, will you or won’t you?