Linked by robojerk on Thu 30th Dec 2010 00:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I have often wondered why there wasn't a flood of Android portable media players - now the WSJ Reports: "With the move, Samsung will round out a series of Galaxy-named gadgets that matches product for product with Apple Inc.'s line of iPods, iPad and iPhone. Samsung will have the Galaxy Player, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy smartphone. All use a variation of Google Inc.'s Android operating system and work with apps developed for it."
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RE[3]: Good move
by kaiwai on Thu 30th Dec 2010 06:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Good move"
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I always purchase all my phones outright because the last thing I want to be beholden to is a carrier who has me by the short 'n curlies then demand a massive payment simply to get out of the contract.

Well, the way I see it, we are primarily paying off the cost of the actual phone when you cancel the contract and may be a little bit extra for the actual contract and processing fees etc. Either way, I have never been on a phone contract and have no intention to get into one either. I always buy my phones outright. Nearly everyone complains *after* they sign up.

The amount they charge effectively you're better off getting a personal loan through a finance company on an interest free or low interest deal, purchasing it out right then playing the carriers off against each other. In the case of NZ where I live if I had an iPhone I can use it on XT Network, 2 Degrees or Vodafone - and now there is number portability it makes life even easier. The 'leave fee' covers the subsidy but if one is simply purchasing a phone on contract simply to get the cheaper 'up front cost' but you really don't need a contract that extensive then you're no better off given you're going to under utilise the contract you've signed up for.

Edited 2010-12-30 06:24 UTC

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