T-Mobile HTC 10 freebies tempt shoppers with $85 in hardware extras

T-Mobile HTC 10 freebies tempt shoppers with $85 in hardware extras
With the arrival of the HTC 10, the early year trifecta of big-name Android flagships is complete: shoppers are free to choose between the HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy S7, and the LG G5. But which will they take home as their phone for the next year or more? Each model offers its own allure, and making up your mind can be tricky. But when we see retailers and carriers start promoting one or more of these models with some extra incentives, it starts helping us come to a decision that much more quickly. Today T-Mobile shares word of its latest draw for potential buyers, getting ready to sell the HTC 10 with a couple of hardware freebies.

T-Mobile's deal isn't live quite yet, but starting in one week, on May 18, the carrier will hook new HTC 10 shoppers up with the combo of an HTC Ice View case and an HTC Rapid Charger.

We talked about the Ice View case a few days back when looking at some of the best case options available for the new phone, which manages to protect the handset while still letting the phone's design (not to mention its screen) show through. Normally, HTC sells the case for just about $50.

HTC's Rapid Charger is a Quick Charge 3.0-compliant charger, capable of recharging the HTC 10 as fast as the phone can handle. Sure, the HTC 10 already comes with a Rapid Charger, but with T-Mobile throwing in another one you can keep one at home and one in your bag, ready to top-off the handset's battery when you've got a few minutes to kill.

Between the Ice View case and the Rapid Charger, T-Mobile says we're looking at about $85 worth of accessories, which isn't half bad at all. We're not sure the availability of these freebies will outright convince you to pick up the HTC 10 from the carrier, but if you were already on the fence about your purchase, these extras might just help push you over the edge.

If you do plan to take T-Mobile up on its offer, act fast: the bonus hardware is only available when buying the phone between May 18 and May 24, so we're working with just a one-week window here. T-Mobile plans to sell the phone for right about $680.


source: T-Mobile

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8 Comments

1. emcdonald75

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

I only wished T-Mobile went for the trifecta and included the HTC High-Res earphones also.

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

One of our IT guys turned PM and had his Nexus 5 since its release. he has the HTC M9. I held it and it seems OK. It's tiny. Like iPhone 6/6S sized. he let me play with it for a few. I like the UI, but overall it seemed boring. When you use a phone everyday that has features and then use one that doesn't really have any; it just feels so cheap for what you know they cost. I have no issue with OEM's/Carriers/Retailers giving away stuff to entice buyers, but it seems HTC has no choice at all.

3. kschempp

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 19, 2016

What everyone seems to forget is that a successful successor device needs to have all the great technology available in the market that can be packaged together. The reason the M9 didn't do well is because it ran hot initially, the camera was poor, and had no Image Stabilization, and it did NOT have a biometric reader of some type that is needed for future secure commerce transactions. Note though that any company that removes a great feature like front-facing (FF) STEREO speakers from an existing product on its next iteration has engineers with mush for brains. This HTC 10 will be another weak seller, like its predecessor. Even Samsung brought back a microSD slot on the Galaxy S7, after removing it. There are NO good reasons to change the orientation of FF stereo speakers. Right? One keeps improving, not removing good stuff. Time will soon tell us how mushy those brains are. The Galaxy S7 Edge is the way to go till some company can create a follow up flagship device with FF stereo speakers that offer full frequency of sound through both left and right sides, which will likely be the next Nexus later this year. Think about it. Why improve the display so greatly and NOT do the same for the audio component, for those times when using only the mobile device in your hand? If smartphone users think that FF stereo speakers should not be part of their multi-media experience when using the device, then they should ask themselves, “would they buy a TV without stereo speakers - like it was in the 70s - great mono sound?” If you added speakers to your TV, would you face the speakers towards your couch, or would you face them to the side or back walls? If the smartphone plays back HD video, then the smartphone should play back stereo sound. It just makes sense. Of course, both large and small multi-media smart devices should also have jacks for earplugs or headphones when privacy is required. I watch youTube videos on my M9. I hold up my phone and watch different types of clips with it, while I'm lying down. Those FF stereo speakers make a huge difference. I can watch John Oliver (Last Week Tonight) clips in HD, and the stereo sound is awesome. My next portable computer (which will just happen to make phone calls as well) MUST have stereo sound (without accessories), and if HTC does not offer it in a few years, then I'll be buying someone else's smart multimedia personal assistant device. Boomsound is just some hardware and software inside the device (and more importantly it's a marketing term). It has nothing to do with where sound exits the device. In my opinion, the engineers had it right, when they designed the exits so that the direction of the sound waves moved forward and hit your face, and a strong pleasing stereo effect was achieved by having the sound exit from both sides of the screen when you held it in landscape mode, as if you were watching a small LED flat screen TV. So, I believe Stereo FF speakers are just as necessary as a display.

6. gyrmae_prneer

Posts: 2; Member since: May 11, 2016

I've been using HTC phones for ten years. The audio quality on the 10 is just as good as or better than any previous model with 2 front facing speakers.

4. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

the htc 10 comes with the QC3.0 charger. so you're just getting the case

5. gyrmae_prneer

Posts: 2; Member since: May 11, 2016

The article actually stated that you get an additional charger...

7. DerekTaiwan

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 18, 2016

The Ice View case is worth $49.99 retail and the rapid charger is worth $19.99 without the cord. Simple math says that is $69.98 and not $85. This is hardly a deal at all because it already comes with a rapid charger and cord. Why would you want a second rapid charger with no cord? What they should really bundle it with is the high def audio ear buds, that would be a better deal. In Taiwan, the phone comes with the rapid charger, cord and high def ear buds. However, the Ice View case is not even being sold in Taiwan at all yet. I don't understand why HTC is including different things in different markets.

8. tonyv13

Posts: 113; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Galaxy s7 freebies were way better 1 year of Netflix 120$ value and VR headset 100$ value for my second line I got the g5 free extra battery 50$ and 360 cam 200$value

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