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,'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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RE[3]: Honestly ...
by Morgan on Sun 19th Aug 2012 10:19 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Honestly ..."
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Not to speak for gfolkert, but it's been my experience that Verizon is the most expensive carrier by far. Like all of the other carriers, I get a 15% government discount even on personal plans, and I was trying to choose between Sprint and Verizon last year. Though Verizon had a better choice of phone hardware (they even still offered the BlackBerry Storm 2, a great phone in my opinion), I ultimately went with Sprint because the monthly bill was nearly $30 less for more features.

With Verizon I would have been paying, after taxes and fees, nearly $120/month for one phone with 2GB of hard capped data, unlimited voice minutes and unlimited texts. With Sprint I get truly unlimited data, unlimited texts and 450 minutes of voice (with free calling to any wireless number) for about $90/month. Given that I use, on average, 30 voice minutes a month, it was a no-brainer. I still got a very nice WP7 phone for free, in fact I preferred the HTC Arrive because of the keyboard, and I saved enough on the bill over the past few months to justify buying a Nexus S 4G so I'll have a great Android phone too.

In the interest of full disclosure, we have a femtocell (or whatever Sprint calls it) at the office since all the deputies and administrators are issued Sprint phones. This means I get a nearly perfect signal anywhere in the building. With Verizon the opposite is true; finding a good signal inside is an exercise in frustration. However, this had very little impact on my decision since I rarely use my phone at work for more than reading Kindle books and listening to music stored locally on the phone.

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