T-Mobile Phasing Out Phone Subsidies
They already have this option, but I predict that there will be an increase in the availability of fairly-priced unlocked phones in random retail stores when this becomes the standard.
If they made a complete separation....the carrier not being responsible for providing a phone in any capacity whatever.....this would fix about 90% of the complaints people have about their carrier and would reduce the volume of customer service calls by an equal amount.
Unfortunately, if carriers stopped selling phones, you'd see a lot fewer people willing to shell out $500 for a smart phone, which means carriers would lose out on that sweet, sweet data revenue. And since two major carriers are making their business about charging people more for less with data, that isn't going to happen.
The only way we could possibly disconnect phones from carriers is if all carriers were on the same frequency on had the same kind of network.
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