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T-Mobile Phasing Out Phone Subsidies

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Yay!

Globhead

Dec 6, 2012, 5:16 PM
Finally a major carrier will stop this lunacy of hidden phone costs.

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.
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OmegaWolf747

Dec 6, 2012, 5:20 PM
Hopefully, other carriers will follow suit.
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Versed

Dec 6, 2012, 5:30 PM
Hmmm, In all reality isn't it the same thing as a phone subsidy? Basically TMO is being up front about it, thats all.
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johnhr2

Dec 6, 2012, 5:35 PM
The biggest benefit is for people who use their phones for longer than 2 years because then the price for the plan will drop.
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Globhead

Dec 6, 2012, 6:09 PM
They are being up front, but also actually offering it as an add-on which you can easily decline rather than a built-in loan.
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WiGuy

Dec 6, 2012, 7:03 PM
on a subsidy even after the cost of the phone is paid your still paying the same monthly price, with what tmobile is doing your monthly plan will lower after the device is paid off.
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Jayshmay

Dec 7, 2012, 1:58 AM
+1 to that!!! Unfortunately Vzn & ATT don't view T-Mo as competition.
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MarryTheNight

Dec 6, 2012, 8:41 PM
Is this how they do it in Europe?
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T Bone

Dec 6, 2012, 11:30 PM
This is actually nothing more than a phone subsidy under a different name....people will still be getting their phones from the carrier...which is the real source of the problem.

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.
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ELawson87

Dec 7, 2012, 4:26 PM
Combining phones with service really was one of the dumbest ideas this industry ever came up with, except of course "discounting" phones to lure people into signing a contract.

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.
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T Bone

Dec 7, 2012, 6:01 PM
The reason why the phones are connected to the carrier is because carriers have different technologies and different frequencies.....therefore it is hard to know when a phone will be compatible with a particular network.

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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Jayshmay

Dec 7, 2012, 1:56 AM
When a smartphone cost more than a laptop or a tablet there is no place for the word "fair"!
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sp_5015

Dec 7, 2012, 8:51 AM
so so so so so so TRUE!!!!!! I've been saying this too for a while. It's ridiculous
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T Bone

Dec 7, 2012, 10:46 AM
It's all about the economy of scale, the smaller an electronic doodad is, the more expensive it is to manufacture......that's true across the board.
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WiGuy

Dec 7, 2012, 12:44 PM
supply and demand, the more people want something the more it will cost. Paranoid im guessing LOL
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Versed

Dec 7, 2012, 4:39 PM
Difference is not economy of scale, its like of retail alternatives. You go into a Best Buy MSRP is $1899 for a TV, they retail it for $1399 and toss it onsale forn $1199. With phones, its what the big four and the makers say what the MSRP is and they sell it for that or discount off that price as a subsidy.
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