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The Phone You're Paying For But Not Getting

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Great Article


Mar 20, 2013, 1:57 PM
One other thing I believe having subsidies inflates is the non-subsidized cost of phones. Would anyone ever at this moment be purchasing a Samsung Galaxy S 3 if it's cost was $599.99 (current price on off contract)? I bet not, so they would have to lower the price right?

Mar 20, 2013, 2:48 PM
I agree...great article & makes sense!

Can't believe some of the hater's responses. Can't reach 'em all evidently. Cool
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Mar 20, 2013, 4:35 PM
The major carriers are looking at T-Mobile and how they do with the non contract plans with financing the phones. If it works out well at&t, Sprint and Verizon would follow suit probably.
The industry will change the carriers will not have to pay high commissions to their agents for acquiring new customers and subsidizing phones.

One of the previous post spoke about prepaid being 3G not 4G on some carriers. It is like that on Verizon Wireless for smartphones. An iPhone 4 or 4s on a post paid plan is $100 for unlimited talk text and 2 Gigabytes of data, the same plan prepaid is $70.

I had a plan with at&t which I was grandfathered with unlimited data for $15 that worked on my Motorola Atrix Android phone but when I switch phones they b...

Mar 20, 2013, 4:40 PM
This IS a great article and I've already shared it with friends and colleagues. Rich is a new hero amoungst strangers and consumers Very Happy

But, seriously here. Inflated pricing is all in perspective. As it stands, manufacturing costs of say $175 are set in line with the subsizing costs. If every carrrier did away with subsidizing, consumers would start to shop for the cheapest handset and this would in turn drive down manufacturing costs. Manufacturers get away with it simply because they can. Essentially, people around the globe are paying higher prices for handsets because we Americans and some other countries have accepted subsidies. No carrier is going to barter down subsidized pricing because they make it back through passing it on to...

Mar 21, 2013, 1:36 AM
you can blame the carriers here for charging these costs. It is their fault not the manufacturers.

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