Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Nov 2010 22:33 UTC, submitted by Governa
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Well, this is fascinating. There have been rumours going around for a while now that Apple is working with Gemalto on an integrated sim card, allowing customers to choose their own carrier and then activate the phone through Apple. European mobile phone carriers aren't particularly pleased with this.
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No reduction
by jonsmirl on Fri 19th Nov 2010 23:12 UTC
jonsmirl
Member since:
2005-07-06

In the US the contract price is the same with a subsidized phone vs a non-subsided one so always take the subsidized phone since it is effectively free. I get a new phone every two years even if I don't need it, I just want new free batteries.

If contracts were cheaper without subsidized phones, I'd stop doing this. But I don't get to make that choice.

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RE: No reduction
by Moredhas on Sat 20th Nov 2010 00:15 in reply to "No reduction"
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

On Optus, in Australia, the contracts are no cheaper, but include more call value for people who bring their own phones.

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RE: No reduction
by bosco_bearbank on Sat 20th Nov 2010 02:06 in reply to "No reduction"
bosco_bearbank Member since:
2005-10-12

Actually, T-mobile does offer a reduced price without a contract - $49.99/mo vs. $59.99/mo for a family plan w/ two lines, 700 min/mo.

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RE: No reduction
by WereCatf on Sat 20th Nov 2010 04:54 in reply to "No reduction"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

In the US the contract price is the same with a subsidized phone vs a non-subsided one so always take the subsidized phone since it is effectively free. I get a new phone every two years even if I don't need it, I just want new free batteries.

Here in Finland it's completely vice versa; contracts without a phone can be as little as a euro a month, and if you want a phone with your contract you have to pay 30 or 40 euro a month. So obviously, if you have a working phone or have bought one from somewhere else where it's cheaper then it's also obviously cheaper to just get a contract without a phone.

This will (I hope) lead to users being able to switch networks and take their phone number with them.

This has been possible here for years now. When you open a contract they always ask if you want your old number transferred to them and if you do they'll take care of all that's involved. It works even if you make the contract online on their website. It really couldn't get any easier.

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RE[2]: No reduction
by jsvensso on Sat 20th Nov 2010 21:31 in reply to "RE: No reduction"
jsvensso Member since:
2007-09-06

Yes keeping your number (MNP - Mobile Number Partability) when switching operator is old here in Sweden as well and I believe it is commonly used. (Although we seem to have very slow system/rules according to wiki.)


And what I can see on wiki it should be possible in US as well:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_number_portability

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RE: No reduction
by vocivus on Sun 21st Nov 2010 21:08 in reply to "No reduction"
vocivus Member since:
2010-03-13

In the US the contract price is the same with a subsidized phone vs a non-subsided one so



Not so with T-mo. Their plan is cheaper per month if you buy the handset up-front. They call it the "even more plus" plan as opposed to the "even more" plan, and it has the obvious benefit of being a non-contract plan. You can bail at any time.

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