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DataRiker
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A good start.

Anything the encourages people to buy unlocked devices outright is a good start to eliminating the credit traps of the telco's

There is a huge value market of slightly used smartphones that can be had for almost nothing.


Transmaster
Don't Blame Me I Voted For Bill and Opus

join:2001-06-20
Cheyenne, WY
About time the European model is where to go. You own your device and can pick a your service and can switch much easier. Which makes for some very interesting relationships between carriers and their customers.
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88615298
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join:2004-07-28
West Tenness
reply to DataRiker
said by DataRiker:

Anything the encourages people to buy unlocked devices outright is a good start to eliminating the credit traps of the telco's

Who says this is unlocked and you still have to sign a 2 year contract.

NeoandGeo

join:2003-05-10
Harrison, TN
reply to Transmaster
The European model sounds nice, but you're still screwed when you pay $600+ for a phone that should be sold at half that. Both models suck and treat you to either missionary or doggy style rape of your wallet.


mech1164
I'll Be Back

join:2001-11-19
Lodi, NJ
Yes that is always a steep cost, but if people won't pay that prices will fall. Look at Google with the N4, they can't keep it in stock cause of the price. Now though lets take that 600 you mentioned. If you have a cheaper plan that works for you. You can actually save over time. Problem is people want cheap up front but don't look at the total costs.


MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1
reply to NeoandGeo
Do your homework on European wireless plans, they pay a lot less than us per month even after you consider the $20 or so a month that goes to subsidies. And the high MSRP's can be worked around by buying second hand, from ebay or something along those lines, I've outright bought and sold countless phones on ebay and you can get phones that are only 6 months old for half the MSRP.

Would it be nicer if the MSRP's dropped, no doubt. But contract less plans which are in the majority overseas, and inter operable phones that you buy outright drive down service prices.


MovieLover76

join:2009-09-11
kudos:1
reply to 88615298
You can get the same unlimted voice/text/data on prepaid monthly 4G if you don't want the contract and can pay for the phone up front. While I can't promise that every phone is unlocked, a number of t-mobile's phone do come unlocked.
and you can simply buy an unlocked phone somewhere else and bring it to t-mobile.

Telco

join:2008-12-19
reply to NeoandGeo
Both models do not suck and this is illustrated by actual data. We have one of the most expensive cells services in the developed world.


DataRiker
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reply to 88615298
said by 88615298:

said by DataRiker:

Anything the encourages people to buy unlocked devices outright is a good start to eliminating the credit traps of the telco's

Who says this is unlocked and you still have to sign a 2 year contract.

You can bring your own device. You don't have to. I did.