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Do AWAY with carrier limitations on equipment
Do AWAY with Handset Subsidy
Do AWAY with 24 month Contracts
Do AWAY with early termination fees
Do AWAY with Assurion
In Europe this is how it is done. The carrier doesn't provide you a phone. You BUY your phone at FULL PRICE, You are responsible and take care of your device and you pay a carrier a monthly access charge...
For instance, you can buy an iPhone outright from Virgin Mobile for FULL MSRP BUT your monthly plan would only be $30 a month... That's what cell service should cost if we all werent taking out 24 month high interest mini ...
Also, I lived in Europe, and that's definitely not how it's done. They subsidize phones too, unless you're going for their outrageously overpriced prepaid plans.
You're welcome to look it up at some european providers such as MoviStar, Orange, or T-Mobile where they clearly list their "On Contract" pricing for telephones.
Does Europe all use the same spectrum? I imagine that would make cross-carrier jumping a lot simpler than in the US as well. Even when carriers share cellular tech (GSM/CDMA) they don't necessarily use the same spectrum, so phones really only work on the network you buy them from (assuming you're not ok with 2G data on your 4G phone plan).
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