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Upfront you pay out the rear for a phone, but compared to paying retail at say the company I use (boost mobile), you actually end up paying more for for the same phone on say verizon wireless, because of all the extra plans and contracts that are forced on you.
(was actually a Verizon Wireless employee, and even with the employee plan, Boost was cheaper. lol)

how long ago were you an employee? cause my employee plan was dirt cheap
    
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post #22 of 89
Yup, they more than make up for it in Data, Cellular and especially Messaging fees.
Heck, they make up for it in just the messaging fees, what ATT charges $20 for unlimited messages and it costs them maybe $2?

I don't feel bad for them at all. I got my wife a 3gs Refurb for $20 and the $15 200mb plan (which she uses maybe 1/2 of), so her 2 year contract with phone will cost $380, so they may make just a little off her.
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post #23 of 89
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how long ago were you an employee? cause my employee plan was dirt cheap

8 Months. My friend worked in the call center for 5 years and his plan was a little cheaper but still don't think it was too much cheaper than mine.
post #24 of 89
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8 Months. My friend worked in the call center for 5 years and his plan was a little cheaper but still don't think it was too much cheaper than mine.

yeah after I left they freaking changed the employee plans too... I mean like right after I left... I worked there from 2005 til... 2009
    
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Everyone in this thread sounds like they have infinite knowledge of cell providers rolleyes.gif, glad we have so many professionals in here thumb.gif

Apple's ethics suck.
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post #26 of 89
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Does no one notice how much our communications have increased in price? Apparently not a lot of people think it's wasteful to pay $40-$80 for a cell phone, >$100 for TV/internet, I just....urggg

Which is why I dropped my smartphone/data plan...doesn't make sense to pay for TWO internet providers(ISP+Mobile Carrier). Now I am on a comcast 12 month promotion, $19.99/mo internet, $10/mo prepaid and $20/yr Magic Jack home phone with Google Voice at my PC for free texting. Being connected all the time is unnecessary.
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Everyone in this thread sounds like they have infinite knowledge of cell providers rolleyes.gif, glad we have so many professionals in here thumb.gif
Apple's ethics suck.

its called google.com for most tongue.gif
    
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You're paying $2000 when you think you're only paying $200 for a $600 phone that actually only costs $150 to make.
    
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its called google.com for most tongue.gif

Not even that, it's called "The carriers wouldn't sign on for this if it weren't profitable."

End of story. Apple is what it is, but they aren't forcing these poor, pathetic carriers to do anything.
    
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Everyone in this thread sounds like they have infinite knowledge of cell providers rolleyes.gif, glad we have so many professionals in here thumb.gif
Apple's ethics suck.

And your infinite knowledge of Apple's ethics comes from....? (and what do Apples ethics have to do with this thread?)
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