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"I deserve a free phone!" No you don't....


Jan 26, 2010, 4:45 PM
-Do you deserve a new HDTV because you had the same sattelite/cable company for a long time?
-Do you deserve a new water heater because you pay your electric bill with the same company for years?
-Do you deserve free bread for shopping at Walmart for 5 years?

Answer: No

Wireless Providers offer "Wireless Services", they just slash the price off the phone to entice people to sign with them.
It's pretty black and white. You want a service, company provides the service, you pay for said service. It's basic economics, but what people will argue about is marketing, not economics. "Want a cheap phone? you have to stay with us. If you leave you have to pay it back"
If you still have difficulty understanding this simple concept, blame the...

Jan 26, 2010, 4:52 PM
I agree with you 100%. Great Analogies.
One Question Though:
If you get the Nexus for $180 aren't you signing a contract with T-Mo??? Not that I'm defending them because to charge $200 w/o providing the subsidy is ridiculous.

Jan 28, 2010, 4:02 PM
Google is getting money from T-Mobile the same way Apple gets money from AT&T for their plans. That's why there is a subsidy on the Nexus. If Google didn't charge recovery fee then T-mobile would charge a ETF. At least that's how it should be.

If Google is charging a recovery fee and T-mobile is still charging a $35 activation fee, then T-mobile shouldn't have the right to a ETF because they don't get charged for losing the phone, the $200 ETF would be mostly profit (or pay off their existing deficit)since all they did was activate the phone.
Where exactly is the big lost for T-mobile if the customer cancelled a phone they didn't sell and barely activate it?

Jan 26, 2010, 7:20 PM
Alright! This is the BEST post yet!

Jan 26, 2010, 7:42 PM
Amen to that one.

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