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openbox9
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reply to itguy05

Re: Verizon thought...

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The carriers pay a large chunk of change to offer the iPhone, and then discount the cost to consumers. The win with the iPhone (and other devices) is locking customers in long term contracts. I suspect the margins on offering iPhones are thinner for the carriers than with Android devices.

And no, the unlocked iPhone is not roughly equivalent in price to an unlocked Android device.


Simba7
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join:2003-03-24
Billings, MT
said by openbox9:

And no, the unlocked iPhone is not roughly equivalent in price to an unlocked Android device.

I think it'd be better to compare an iPhone 5 to a Samsung Galaxy SIII or Note 2. Although the Nexus4's specs are rather impressive for the price.

openbox9
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Why? Anyway, buying an unlocked iPhone 5 in Canada (when it becomes available) will cost 700+ USD with today's exchange rate. A factory unlocked Galaxy S3 via Amazon looks to come in around $550ish.


Simba7
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Billings, MT
iPhones will always be overpriced and underspec'd. I've seen several phones that could kick the crap out of the iPhone, even before said iPhone was released.

I guess iFans don't really care about specs. They care more about the User Interface, which honestly could be dumbed down to run on anything.. even an original iPhone (if they didn't drop support for it to make you buy a new one).