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MetroPCS Selling Samsung Galaxy S III for $499

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Jayshmay

Oct 19, 2012, 9:21 AM
How is it that MetroPCS can sell the S3 for $499,
but Verizon wants what, a whopping $649?
That just doesn't make any sense.
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acdc1a

Oct 19, 2012, 9:52 AM
Carrier cost on this device is likely $500. I've been out of the business for a while but that would be my guess.

On a side note, I'm so excited to get this device I don't want to wait until Monday.
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Jayshmay

Oct 19, 2012, 10:31 AM
Yeah, it's not just a smartphone that is a spec bump,
But it actually changes the way you use it, so that's cool.
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Rich Brome

Oct 19, 2012, 10:18 AM
Metro does subsidize their phones a bit. Not as much as a contract carrier, obviously, but they do subsidize.
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marufio

Oct 19, 2012, 2:23 PM
Im thinking Metro will not sell as much as Verizon so the hit will be lower to the bottom line.
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Tofuchong

Oct 19, 2012, 2:32 PM
Wait.... wait... Metro won't sell as many phones as Verizon? That's just crazy talk! They'll sell more! They're the better company, and the american consumer is SMART when it comes to making the right choice! Thats just crazy talk man.
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acdc1a

Oct 19, 2012, 2:47 PM
You laugh, but Metro's market penetration exceeds Verizon and AT&T in a couple of their established markets. Consumers ARE smart and if Metro's rate plans were available nationwide they would be quite a contender.
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Tofuchong

Oct 19, 2012, 3:13 PM
I 100% agree with you. I think that if Metro, or a company like metro had coast to coast coverage, they would easily be a top competitor.
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Jarahawk

Oct 19, 2012, 6:05 PM
...if Metro had coast to coast coverage they wouldn't be a feisty, agile little brother carrier. Instead, they'd be arrogant...the spitting image of Verizon and AT&T. Once they pushed pass one hundred million subs, suddenly their pricing would become frightful with the intent of shaking every nickel possible from their customer base. After all...those customers should be thrilled to pay a lot more for the best coverage, right? Right?
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MarryTheNight

Oct 19, 2012, 6:26 PM
Metro should have merged with Cricket. That would have made a formidable competitor, IMO
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Jarahawk

Oct 20, 2012, 10:18 AM
They tried back in 2007 and Leap rejected them despite the fact that it made sense for both carriers. It seems Leap would rather go bankrupt than merge with Metro. Metro is doing what it has to do: Grow or die a slow death. I agree that it would have made perfect sense. Almost everyone does... Everyone but Leap.
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Globhead

Oct 19, 2012, 5:55 PM
The no-contract price is always a ripoff.

T-mobile Exhibit II 4g...
With new contract: $29
Same SKU with "no contract/SRP": $329
Prepaid kit SKU for same phone: $179

No way are they actually giving up $150 on prepaid phones. And you can buy a Sony Xperia U on Amazon (profitable retail price having nothing to do with a carrier) for as low as $211. The Xperia is a somewhat better phone, so T-Mobile can't be giving too much of a discount for prepaid phones.

Verizon is harder to judge because their only prepaid Android phone is not listed online with contract pricing, but a $150 phone with an HVGA screen sounds about typical for the US market right now. Problably not a significant discount.

Also, Verizon has a Galaxy Nexus! It...
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Mark_S

Oct 19, 2012, 7:49 PM
When the T-Mobile merge with Metro goes through, these phones will be totally worthless. Other than Chinese C-SIM phones, can someone tell me how one will put a SIM in a non-SIM phone???
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algorithmplus

Oct 20, 2012, 3:24 AM
Mark_S said:
When the T-Mobile merge with Metro goes through, these phones will be totally worthless. Other than Chinese C-SIM phones, can someone tell me how one will put a SIM in a non-SIM phone???

If the capability to use VoLTE and the same implementation is used in the T-Mobile network upgrade, then the phone would be able to function normally where LTE coverage is available and have access to WiFi (maybe a WiFi calling update to bring up to par to T-Mo's WiFi calling?)

I was thinking the same thing about the use of the phone with network integration, though. If I were to spend that much on a phone (laptop/notebook price) I would want to use it for as long as possible. But, I can also gather that th...
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ScoopDog

Oct 22, 2012, 1:27 PM
Verizon encourages their consumers to subscriber to their contract service; therefore, non-contract phone prices are relatively high.
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