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MetroPCS Selling Samsung Galaxy S III for $499

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Replying to:  $499 by Jayshmay   Oct 19, 2012, 9:21 AM

Re: $499

by 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's not the GSM version of course, but the GSM version comes direct from Google for $350, and Verizon's "suggested" price for their cdma version of the same phone is... $650! No bleeping way does the cdma version legitimately cost $300 more than the GSM version. Clearly they are offering good deals to prepaid customers and trying to scam you if you need a new phone in the middle of a contract.

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