said by mocycler:
Or to put it another way, you upgraded when you normally would not have just because you could...the cell provider ate a big chunk of the cost of the new phone. So why not?
Now that they are taking away your free ride and, you know, expecting you to pay full fare for your ticket, you're pissing and whining about "getting the shaft", as if not getting the latest and best the moment it hits the market makes one abused and mistreated by the Big Bad Cell Company.
It's funny how people are ok with sucking others dry but suddenly become soooo conservative about money when it involves their own wallet.
I don't think it's exactly about a free ride. I'm sure the difference was being made up by everyone for the high voice/text prices for sure. Back in the day the phrase was "the cost of doing business".
There's only going to be one winner in this - for the short term. Those winners will be the share holders of the Bell companies.
The phone makers will hurt. Most people simply won't spend $800 on a telephone.