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The Phone You're Paying For But Not Getting

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Top message:  Faulty Assumption by T Bone   Mar 20, 2013, 11:04 AM

Replying to:  Re: Faulty Assumption by vikes0115   Mar 20, 2013, 11:18 AM

Re: Faulty Assumption

by togcpa    Mar 20, 2013, 11:41 AM

The author is completely correct. It's amazing how we in the US think that the world is only how we know it to be. Overseas phones are sold at face value, yes that would be $700+ for a 16GB iPhone. Plans are dirt cheap because actually running the network once it is built is cheap. Most people use a prepaid plan in the form of re-charge cards bought in cell phone shops or convenience stores. A post-paid plan is available but it is a little more expensive.

Having T-Mobile start doing business this way in the US is the first step to all carriers doing it this way. In the future phones will be able to access all the networks based on the SIM card inserted, and phones will never be locked to a carier. In fact you will be able to buy a phone from a store that is not affiliated with any carrier. The next logical step will be that people will own different phones for differing occasions. Smartphone for work and smaller phone to go out for the evening, just change out the SIM card. This already happens overseas, we are about 7 years behind the curve.

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