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HTC iPhone 5 Rival Now Comes With "Free" Contract

Those looking to acquire the HTC Sensation can opt for a T-Mobile deal that brings the cost of the superphone to £20.42 per month with an initial outlay of £120; that's a total cost of ownership of just £487.55 on an 18-month contract.

Although the plan comes with only 100 minutes, 100 texts and unlimited data, it should be plenty for light users; alternatively, a beefier plan with three times the amount of minutes and texts can be had for roughly £20 extra on T-Mobile.

Astonishingly, that's less than the suggested retail price of the SIM-free version of the phone which is available for £491 at Insight; in other words, buy the phone and get a free contract or pay 25 per cent deposit, get the phone on a no-interest loan with a free contract.

Even more interestingly, you can unlock (but not unbrand) the HTC Sensation within minutes for around £15. While there are a number of rumours pointing to a soon-to-come replacement for the handset (like the Hercules), it is still one of the most powerful superphones on the market.

It has a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 768MB RAM, 1GB user memory expandable using microSDHC cards, a 960x540 pixel 4.3-inch capacitive screen, Wi-Fi, a 1520mAh battery, an eight-megapixel camera with full HD video recording capabilities, AF and LED light plus a front facing camera.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.