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 henderson101 on Sat 18th Aug 2012 08:01 UTC
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In the UK we have always had low subsidies on the iPhone and other Smart phones. At the moment though, all of the subsides at increasing. Example? My first iPhone cost over £100 on an 18month contract for £35 a month. My next was similar in cost, but on a 24month contract. Now, you can get a 3GS free on a cheaper contract and a 4 free on my contract level.

As a comparison, the Galaxy 3 is free on a similar contract, or under £50 - depends on which provider or reseller you go to. But the android phones have always had better/ larger subsidies, which is one reason they sell so well here.

The new iphone will have to be similar to the Galaxy 3 to compete.

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RE: UK
by Beta on Mon 20th Aug 2012 16:19 in reply to "UK"
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But the android phones have always had better/ larger subsidies, which is one reason they sell so well here.


I disagree with this, look at the cost to get a Samsung Galaxy Ace, its the cheapest decent smartphone out there and its (imo) costly on a monthly contract (£20/m). Compare to an iPhone 4 which mostly starts at £35/m and you’re already £300 under the buy‐in cost of the device.

Operators are passing the purchase cost of iPhone onto their cheaper handsets…

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RE[2]: UK
by henderson101 on Tue 21st Aug 2012 11:36 in reply to "RE: UK"
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You can get a Galaxy Ace 2 for £15.50 per month on T-Mobile with a comparable data allowance to the £35 iPhone contract. You can get the original Galaxy Ace for £10 if you go with the Carphone Warehouse's own virtual provider. You can get a Galaxy S 3 for £31 from Orange, £28 on Carphone Warehouse's own (but with a crappy data allowance.) You need to shop around a bit, but the deals are there. Carphone Warehouse also don't lock their handsets unless they specifically state is is locked at point of sale.

iPhone 4 is still pretty much £35 minimum from everyone.

So, I stand by what I'm saying - Android phones tend to be sold for less, no matter what the actual handset cost is. I don't know why. It's just the way it is.

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