Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Jul 2012 00:04 UTC
In the News A fascinating difference in smartphone buying behaviour got highlighted today. In the US, Apple has double the market share of its nearest competitor, Samsung. However, in The Netherlands, the swamp I call home, the situation is completely reversed; Apple sits at 10% of the smartphone market, Samsung at 19.6%. Is this indicative of Europe as a whole? Could German, French, Polish, British, Spanish, Italian, etc. readers give local information from their own countries? I'm intrigued.
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The lone holdout of the national carriers is T-Mobile USA, whose stated position is that subsidies are unhealthy for the industry as a whole. T-Mobile has made many attempts to sell no-subsidy phones in return for a dramatically reduced monthly rate, but have had only limited success thus far.

The problem with T-Mobile is that they sell the no-subsidy phone LOCKED at a higher price than you can buy it from other retailers UNLOCKED.

Even after a phone has been discontinued, T-Mobile still tries to sell it at full release price which is usually TWICE what the market price is selling out the remaining inventory.

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tanzam75 Member since:

Which T-Mobile store are you looking at?

T-Mobile postpaid makes no real attempt to push the company's no-subsidy agenda. Since T-Mobile is in fourth place, it has no real choice but to participate in the subsidy game with the other three carriers.

You should be looking at the T-Mobile's Monthly4G phones, which are sold by its prepaid division. It's through the prepaid division that T-Mobile is offering its best-priced no-contract plans.

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