I use a clear skin on my ONE (XTREME GUARD),no peeling after about 3 months of use.
As you mentioned,many would have opted for the black ONE if it were available on their carrier,& this appears to be a viable solution.
MANY THX for sharing this w/us,PyroSporker!
I went ahead & ordered the matte black one,about $13 (USD)
HTC One M7 Matt Matte Skin Wrap Cover Sticker Protector NOT CASE | eBay
ETA August 23-28,2013.