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sonicmerlin

join:2009-05-24
Cleveland, OH
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Better than lower priced tiers

Why doesn't *any* cell phone company let you just buy your own smartphone outright and pay for a voice plan only? Why do you also have to pay the "subsidized" price? This is illegal usury. Why is this kind of practice even allowed?

scannall3

join:2002-12-02
Denver, CO
said by sonicmerlin:

Why doesn't *any* cell phone company let you just buy your own smartphone outright and pay for a voice plan only? Why do you also have to pay the "subsidized" price? This is illegal usury. Why is this kind of practice even allowed?

Lots of providers do this. Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, Walmart Straightalk, Metro PCS and a host of others.

iFail 5G

join:2011-08-03
reply to sonicmerlin
said by sonicmerlin:

Why doesn't *any* cell phone company let you just buy your own smartphone outright and pay for a voice plan only? Why do you also have to pay the "subsidized" price? This is illegal usury. Why is this kind of practice even allowed?

T-Mobile does, if you're going to be cheap, you have to go to a cheap company. Of course Verizon and AT&T, and Sprint (who is desperate for money), will charge you for your smartphone even if you purchased it full retail.