Sprint Taking 'Wait-and-See' Approach to Phone Financing
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Top message: what I took out of this is.... by sp_5015
Replying to: Re: what I took out of this is.... by ELawson87
What could happen is that the retail prices of the handsets will rise because the manufacturers are no longer buying them in bulk. There's also no guarantee that the carriers will drop the prices of their plans, as customers seem more than willing to pay the current rates. Verizon hasn't in 15 years. I think it will all come down to how the government plays its hand. If it starts trying to prop up wireless carriers, prices will remain high. But if carriers and handset manufacturers actually have to compete on price in a non-subsidized market, prices may drop. But with the way current consumers have been conditioned to just take it from manufacturers, people may be willing to accept price increases. Nothing is guaranteed. We'll have to wait and see.
On one other note, the internet (and cellphone service as well) played a huge part in getting long distance providers to start being reasonable with long-distance calling. A national wifi service could do the same thing to modern cellphone service, though I am still undecided if I am in favor of it.
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