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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: Nope by Rich Brome   Mar 20, 2013, 1:24 PM

Re: Nope

by Versed    Mar 20, 2013, 7:47 PM

Who says the carriers pay $565 for a SGS3? I'm sure they pay wholesale, I know there is issues do to cdma vs gsm because the former locks out non-branded phones (and please don't tell me about the odd guy who manages to get Sprint or VZW to allow others brands on their network, or does it through illegal means). As someone else mentioned, if we just went to a big box retailer to buy a device it would be a bit cheaper, then deal with a carrier.

In europe and elsewhere, for the vast majority, they all use the same technolgy, which makes it easier to shop around. With GSM its easier, TMO is realigning their network to use the same hspa+ as AT&T. One can find phones unlocked, unbranded that work quite fine. i.e. Nexus 4 on a TMO Value Plan. The carriers do what the carriers do to the hodgepodge technology we use for wireless. This artical was right no target.

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