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T-Mobile USA Raises Price of iPhone 5 to $149

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Top message:  Man! these no contract plans are awesome!!!!!!!! by Simply_Eric   May 14, 2013, 11:24 AM

Replying to:  The real benefit is by Haggard   May 14, 2013, 11:40 AM

Re: The real benefit is

by Rusty Shackleford    May 16, 2013, 10:13 AM

In theory T-Mobile's setup makes a lot of sense because you can clearly see what you are paying for, although in the end it may not matter since phones are cheaply built pieces of tech that can barely last 18 months without failure (assuming they aren't lost in that period of time). It's unlikely that someone will be able to use a smartphone for a 25th month.

The cellular carriers ultimately have begun to screw themselves by masking the price of the phone by bloating the cost of features. Customers now feel entitled to "free" phones whether they are due for an upgrade or dropped their existing one in a pool. You see the same kind of thing in the medical insurance industry where employers took over the responsibility of managing a person's insurance and insurance coverage went beyond insurance and now covers routine maintenance costs. Now people have been conditioned to act like children and believe that they are in no way responsible for their own medical care. The same thing is happening with cellular service in miniature.

Personally I think it's time for people to get their act together and be a grown up and buy their phone outright when they get service.

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