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post #61 of 89
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This is news, how? Here's a trick- get a used ~1 year old Android phone for $200, go with prepaid, done. http://www.pagepluscellular.com $55/month for unlimited talk and text, and 1GB of data. There's also cheaper plans of course. The most expensive thing is data, kind of funny considering that tons of data is more of a want, than a need for the majority of people (you're not using 5GB emailing people and checking the news etc.).

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or Iphone 3gs from coworker free, T-Mobile prepaid unlimited plan $55 including taxes, sim card free from T-Mobile store.biggrin.gif
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post #62 of 89
Not sure why you keep reiterating "$1500 computer", price means nothing in this argument.

Simple point being made was he doesn't need internet on the phone, he uses it for calls. You come back with "OK, let me see you get on the internet while riding in a car, when the power goes out or when sitting in a restaurant waiting for a table." which was a completely stupid reply to his post. When he clearly said "If I need to use the internet then I'll use my $1500 computer." Which means he obviously has no plans of doing your examples.
post #63 of 89
Sprint has been posting losses every quarter for years. The loss was several hundred million more after the addition of the iPhone. Just saying.

Sent from my EVO 3D.
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post #64 of 89
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Sprint has been posting losses every quarter for years. The loss was several hundred million more after the addition of the iPhone. Just saying.
Sent from my EVO 3D.

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post #65 of 89
Lose $400, make thousands in ridiculous fees on top of outrageous pricing of plans thumb.gif
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post #66 of 89
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Originally Posted by Mad Pistol View Post

When something is in demand, a company can comfortably lower their profit margins per unit sold in order to get more units sold at a lower price point. They then recoup those costs through contracts and other services that the buyer is inadvertently locked into upon purchasing their device.
Since the iPhone is such a hot item, Apple can discount it deeply because they know that 95% of the buyers are going to pay back into their services. At the end of the day, Apple makes a lot of money selling their devices for dirt cheap and undercutting the competition.

Let's be clear, Apple does not discount. The carriers may offer their own programs. Each iPhone brings Apple $100+ in profit. The carriers pay around $500 for the phone, and make the difference (and then some) in contracts. Apple does not discount.
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post #67 of 89
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Which is how it already is in every other country ever. No prob.

 


They do this in Hong Kong. and with their own currency...
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post #68 of 89
Why are phones so expensive?
An iPhone 4S 16GB is $649.99 retail yet an iPad 2 is only $499 and it has a larger screen. The WiFi + 3G model is $599 and it's still cheaper.

They have to be making a HUGE profit on those phones.
    
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Why are phones so expensive?
An iPhone 4S 16GB is $649.99 retail yet an iPad 2 is only $499 and it has a larger screen. The WiFi + 3G model is $599 and it's still cheaper.
They have to be making a HUGE profit on those phones.

Smaller is harder to make.
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post #70 of 89
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Let's be clear, Apple does not discount. The carriers may offer their own programs. Each iPhone brings Apple $100+ in profit. The carriers pay around $500 for the phone, and make the difference (and then some) in contracts. Apple does not discount.

Never mind. For some reason i wrote Apple, when it should have been the carriers. The devices are expensive, but data plans and other expenses more than recoup the costs. You are correct.
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