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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Tmobile in the USA
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sat 18th Aug 2012 18:24 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

I'm not sure if they still do but they used to offer subsidy less plans. The problem was that it was more expensive to buy phones with no subsidy and subscribe to the plan, then it was to buy the subsided phone and the higher per month plan over the life of the contract.

Right now I'm kind of off contract, I will end up buying a new subsided phone just so the phone company isn't make more money than they should off of me.

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RE: Tmobile in the USA
by bhtooefr on Sun 19th Aug 2012 03:25 in reply to "Tmobile in the USA"
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2009-02-19

For what it's worth, one thing that carriers here (in the US) sometimes do is tie the subsidized phone upgrades to forced plan "upgrades" (to capped, more expensive data). So, it can be beneficial to buy the phone from a third-party (harder for CDMA phones, but possible) at full price, then activate it (for CDMA) or insert the SIM.

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RE[2]: Tmobile in the USA
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sun 19th Aug 2012 15:42 in reply to "RE: Tmobile in the USA"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Not my experience at all. I still have friends on at&t's unlimited data plan. The subsidy is so great, that I don't think you'd financially benefit from turning it down, long term unless your data usage in the new plan would be over $20 a month extra.

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RE: Tmobile in the USA
by zima on Fri 24th Aug 2012 23:45 in reply to "Tmobile in the USA"
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2005-07-06

I will end up buying a new subsided phone just so the phone company isn't make more money than they should off of me.

They will get their share of money either way, from the carrier... (sure, likely lower prices with such bulk deals - but in some ways preferable: assured future sales; and usually with less flexibility, slower decreases of pricing over time, when compared to consumer market)

Edited 2012-08-24 23:45 UTC

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