Top message: Verizon Price Increase RIPOFF!! by Mduke222
Replying to: Re: So I have to ask, are you talking about the LG enV Touch, or the LG Chocolate Touch? by imwy2cool
My thought was to subsidize phones the way we did about give years ago for non-data requirements, or subsidize as it is today with data requirement.
Let's use the Droid as an example.
Full retail $569.99.
Data subsidy: $569.99 - $270 subsidy - $100 manufacturer/carrier rebate = $199.99
Non-data subsidy: $569.99 - $120 subsidy - $50 manufacturer/carrier rebate = $399.99
Before the iPhone changed the industry, Verizon used to subsidize every phone, simple or smart, exactly $120 (unless there was a special sale or BOGO offer) before a $50 rebate (there were few $100 rebates back in the day). People accepted this just fine for years with few gripes. Of course, back in the day Verizon charged $44.99 for unlimited data, but I'm sure no one here would want to back to that one.
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