Sprint HTC 8XT Windows Phone available for a penny from Amazon

By James Geddes , Jul 28, 2013 06:38 AM EDT

Sprint just launched the Windows Phone 8-powered HTC 8XT a few weeks ago and is currently selling it for $99.99. A new deal from Amazon brings the price of the smartphone down to a penny.

The HTC 8XT receintly joined Sprint's lineup as the carrier's first Windows Phone 8 (WP8) smartphone. HTC designed the 8XT with audiophiles in mind. The handset is the first Windows Phone 8 device to feature dual front-facing stereo speakers. HTC currently uses this same technology in its flagship HTC One smartphone. The 8XT also has Beats Audio built in, which enables studio-quality sound and allows unique audio tuning to deliver an amazing sound experience. The smartphone also comes equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash, capturing great photos in both bright- and low-light situations. The 8XT also includes wireless charging out of the box

Sprint is currently selling the HTC 8XT for $99.99 with a new 2-year contract online and in its retail stores. A new deal from Amazon, however, offers a considerable savings over Sprint's price by offering the smartphone for a penny.

The HTC 8XT features a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 display, runs Windows Phone 8, is powered by a 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, includes 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, and 1080p video recording, a 1.6-megapixel front facing camera, 4G LTE radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a microSD expansion slot with support for up to 64GB microSD cards, wireless charging and a 1,800 mAh non-removable battery.

Microsoft recently released the GDR2 (general distribution release) update for the HTC 8XT. The Windows Phone software update adds some new features and enhancements to the operating system.  Here's the official release notes from Microsoft:

Xbox Music. It's now easier to select, do, and pin music. Plus, music fans will see more accurate metadata (such as song and album information) and many other performance improvements.

FM radio. Listen to FM radio right from the Music+Videos hub. (Not available for all phones.)

Data Sense. Stay on top of your phone's data usage with Data Sense You can set a limit based on your data plan, or just keep track of which apps use the most data. (Not all mobile operators offer Data Sense.)

Skype. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) apps like Lync and Skype now feature improved stability and performance.

Internet Explorer. Several fixes, including improvements to media playback reliability, will make your web browsing experience better than ever.

Camera. Set your favorite Lens so it opens automatically when you press the camera button. (Not available for all phones.)

Other improvements. Includes many other improvements to Windows Phone.

You can purchase the Sprint HTC 8XT for $0.01 from Amazon when signing a new 2-year contract. The retailer is also including free two-day shipping with orders.

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