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

Phone_Revenger

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...
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sugarb85

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.
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Phone_Revenger

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?
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Azeron

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

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