T-Mobile's Galaxy Note II Costs $369
If I have to pay nearly $400 for a phone I don't want a contract on top of that...
have to do with each other.
A rate plan is something you pay for each and every month,
smartphone is something you pay for once.
I swear the wireless industry is so screwed up
compared to other industries.
Cable companies don't sell tv, nor does how much you spend on your tv have anything to do with your monthly bill.
If cable companies broadcasted over specific frequencies and only certain tvs could get that service - it would be the same.
Its the nature of the cellular industry which is the reason it's so messed up, and I agree it completly is.
If the FCC mandated that all cellular devices are compatable with all carriers in the United States, things might be different, but they'll never do that becuase that would be bad for business. Hey- Just becuase a cell phone can be used with another carrier doesnt mean people wouldn't still be responsible for an ETF.
Business made the industry what it is today. Letting anybody use your device on any service or any way they want to just doesn't...
I'm not saying I disagree, it is a messed up system. But without it, who would own phones? The iPhone 5 starts at $649, you're getting a $450 subsidy there! Most good Android phones are over $400. People demand less expensive phones, and the two options available are for the manufacturers to cut costs and produce shoddy phones (like we see on MetroPCS or other pre...
So in other words $249.99 down payment = $20 X 20 = $249.99 + $400 = $649.99. What the hell is this??? Of course there won't be a MIR with this travesty, that's s a full on rape right there. But I have to assume that Erik mis wrote that part.
Granted, Value Plan + $20 device payment makes your monthly costs probably about the same as going to one of the other carriers and getting a subsidy (though without the service contract)
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