Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Aug 2012 22:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I always see The Netherlands - my home country - as a small, easily graspable version of other, larger and more important western countries and even the west as a whole. In light of this, Tweakers.net's Arnoud Wokke points to a very interesting report about the Dutch telecommunications market. This reports notes a trend that, if present in the rest of the world, could have serious effects for phone makers.
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by l3v1 on Sun 19th Aug 2012 14:57 UTC
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"and was surprised to see the SIII is cheaper than the 4S"

And several other people as well, but - thinking of people I know - mostly U.S. people, many of whom got accustomed to phones being "cheap" and monthly plans to be as they are. As for myself, when a phone comes out, I always check the unlocked non-contractual non-sim versions' prices first, since I've bought 90% of my phones this way. Why? Because it has always been cheaper in the long run, I wasn't forced into contracts which I didn't want, I wasn't limited how often and for how much I could change phones or my plans, and so on and so forth. Also, a lot of carriers keep offering old - e.g. 1+ years old - phones for ridiculous prices still, and either pricing the new models even above those, or giving them for cheap but for really incredible sums for monthly plans. So scr*w them very much, I like my plans cheap and fitting my needs and not paying double price for a phone (split over e.g. 24 months) with an associated "required" plan if I don't have to - and I don't.

Edited 2012-08-19 14:57 UTC

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