Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Jul 2013 23:30 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless If you're in the market for a smartphone, odds are you're looking at an Android phone. If you're looking at an Android phone, odds are you're looking at Samsung, and if you're exotic, you may be looking at a Nexus, HTC, LG, or maybe even Sony. Few of you will be considering Oppo. I, however, did.
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RE[5]: Too big
by aqd- on Sat 27th Jul 2013 02:57 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Too big"
aqd-
Member since:
2009-02-16

You're not making sense here. First you're talking about 2-year contracts and now you suddenly jump to 1-year contracts.


oh you misunderstand. Let me explain the details:

2-year contracts cost about $1,000 ($40 * 24), and it allows you to get a phone for free up to $500 - if you choose cheaper phones it's your loss. What it requires is for you to pre-pay the same amount of phone bills as the cost of phone itself first. So you pay $500 which equals to about 12 months of phone bills, and then you don't have pay phone bills until the accumulated sum of them exceed $500 (=> about a year later).


The $500 / 12 = ~ $40 covers unlimited 3G and totally free calls as long as caller/callee use the same MNO (it's our dominating MNO). Basically it guarantees a fixed amount of phone bills every month, no matter how many calls you make or how much you use Internet.


It's what we have here in Taiwan. I always thought the policy is the same everywhere in the world.

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RE[6]: Too big
by aliquis on Sat 27th Jul 2013 12:27 in reply to "RE[5]: Too big"
aliquis Member since:
2005-07-23

And what do that $40 contract give you?

My subscription cost 18 SEK = 2.8 USD / month but of course I get no phone with that.

If I want a phone I'd get a subscription which cost more because I would also be paying off the phone.

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RE[6]: Too big
by WereCatf on Sat 27th Jul 2013 12:34 in reply to "RE[5]: Too big"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

oh you misunderstand. Let me explain the details:

2-year contracts cost about $1,000 ($40 * 24), and it allows you to get a phone for free up to $500 - if you choose cheaper phones it's your loss. What it requires is for you to pre-pay the same amount of phone bills as the cost of phone itself first. So you pay $500 which equals to about 12 months of phone bills, and then you don't have pay phone bills until the accumulated sum of them exceed $500 (=> about a year later).


Then everything I said still stands: you're not getting the phone for free, you're still paying for it but its price is covered by the regular bills.

It's what we have here in Taiwan. I always thought the policy is the same everywhere in the world.


Nope. Almost every country have their own style. Like e.g. here in Finland you can just get a number without a phone and in such a case you don't have to sign a contract, but if you also take a phone with it you usually end up signing a 2-year contract and the price of the phone is just rolled up in the monthly bills. You do not pay anything up-front, you just pay the bill once a month and that's it. I am paying about $22/month for a similar plan as you, but mine doesn't include the cost of the phone. If I wanted a phone to go with it it'd be something around $40/month.

Unlike the U.S., though, even the phones sold here on contract do not come SIM-locked. Atleast on most carriers, I'm not sure about Telia-Sonera anymore.

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