Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Dec 2011 16:22 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It all started with Apple/TechCrunch blogger M.G. Siegler making a huge fuss over something he didn't understand, and while that in and of itself isn't particularly interesting, one of the outcomes of this little internet drama is a comment on Google+ (the tenth one) that so perfectly encapsulates just how important Android is for the world that I felt the need to share it with you. It's the holiday season after all.
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RE: I am confused.
by Drumhellar on Thu 29th Dec 2011 19:30 UTC in reply to "I am confused. "
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

Boost, Metro, and Cricket sell their devices at retail price, with no contract.


iPhone 3GS is subsidized by a contract. ATT also has a $375 early termination fee.

Boost and Metro also have much, much cheaper service, while offering unlimited usage.

It's like saying a Kia is more expensive than a BMW (Dammit. I hate car analogies) because BMW gives you free annual maintenance and what not for 5 years while Kia doesn't.

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RE[2]: I am confused.
by Windows Sucks on Thu 29th Dec 2011 20:11 in reply to "RE: I am confused. "
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2005-11-10

Boost, Metro, and Cricket sell their devices at retail price, with no contract.


iPhone 3GS is subsidized by a contract. ATT also has a $375 early termination fee.

Boost and Metro also have much, much cheaper service, while offering unlimited usage.

It's like saying a Kia is more expensive than a BMW (Dammit. I hate car analogies) because BMW gives you free annual maintenance and what not for 5 years while Kia doesn't.


In a way that is right. But what is more hard. Big upfront cost or a little higher monthly cost. Boost is cheap IF you barely use it, same with Metro. But the most you use it the more it costs.

Please I don't know where you would find a subsidized Kia or BMW. LOL! No way you can get one for free. LOL!

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RE[3]: I am confused.
by Drumhellar on Thu 29th Dec 2011 22:38 in reply to "RE[2]: I am confused. "
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Well, With Metro, everything is unlimited, but since they don't allow roaming, if you're out of their limited coverage area you're SOL.

For alot of people, the larger upfront cost is easier than higher monthly service. You might get a bonus, or a tax refund, or some other small windfall, but the $40/month extra that verizon/att charges (for limited usage. Overages are a bitch) can be significant for some people, especially when your bill could vary significantly due to overages and other random reasons.

And, as for my analogy, The car in this case is the service, while *ahem* annual service is the phone. With the BMW, the service is subsidized by the cost of the car. Yes, back asswards, and not 100% complete, but car analogies suck in general.

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RE[3]: I am confused.
by earksiinni on Fri 30th Dec 2011 15:34 in reply to "RE[2]: I am confused. "
earksiinni Member since:
2009-03-27

In a way that is right. But what is more hard. Big upfront cost or a little higher monthly cost. Boost is cheap IF you barely use it, same with Metro. But the most you use it the more it costs.


You must not be familiar with their plans. I'm not sure about Metro, but I use Boost's unlimited plan and it's $35/mo. for unlimited everything after 18 months (starts out at $50/mo.) I think for Android it's $40 (starts out at $55/mo.) </unintentional_plug>

There's also that Republic Wireless I keep hearing about...hmm...

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RE[3]: I am confused.
by tidux on Sun 1st Jan 2012 22:32 in reply to "RE[2]: I am confused. "
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2011-08-13

Doesn't Boost offer unlimited everything for $50/month?

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RE[3]: I am confused.
by zima on Thu 5th Jan 2012 23:39 in reply to "RE[2]: I am confused. "
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Please I don't know where you would find a subsidized Kia or BMW. LOL! No way you can get one for free. LOL!

That's called "buying" a car on credit or on leasing, you lolhead. Most new cars seem to be financed like that.
The specific legal frameworks etc. might differ, but it's essentially the same thing as with subsidised phones - you pay virtually nothing at the beginning, in exchange for the obligation of making monthly payments; what virtually always ends up more expensive in the long run (and without the chance of immediate withdrawal, of changing the carrier at will - say, for a one with a better deal / driving competition)


What you generally seem to show in the sub-thread, the initial portrayal of the dilemma, is how you're totally disconnected with the world at large, perceiving it via the situation in you highly atypical place.
Most of the world actually owns their mobiles, is on prepaid - evidently, people without much of "disposable" income, who must value money much more, treat is as a more optimal way (BTW, curiously in the background of "it's their fault!" blame-games during recent financial meltdown, there's how US society is generally at the forefront in rates if living on a credit and insolvency due to it)
Discussing in context the practice widespread in relatively few, all so called "first world" (apparently it doesn't translate to thoughtfulness etc.) countries, of heavily subsidized phones and "pact with the devil" deals, is absurd.

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