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Oh wow, the US is finally catching up with the rest of the world. That's good to see.
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Oh wow, the US is finally catching up with the rest of the world. That's good to see.

More like ahead of the world, especially when it comes to mobile technology.
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post #43 of 97
2 year plans are still ridiculous.
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post #44 of 97
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More like ahead of the world, especially when it comes to mobile technology.

Ahead of the world? lol..

People have been able to buy phones and plans separately all over the world for more than a decade now. 3G was allover Asia, Europe, heck even the Middle East years before it hit the US.

This and other "mobile technology" you speak of, gets popularized and tested in Asia and Europe way before they come to the US more often than you think.

You need to travel and go out some more. There are other continents in this world besides North America.
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Ahead of the world? lol..

People have been able to buy phones and plans separately all over the world for more than a decade now. 3G was allover Asia, Europe, heck even the Middle East years before it hit the US.

This and other "mobile technology" you speak of, gets popularized and tested in Asia and Europe way before they come to the US more often than you think.

You need to travel and go out some more. There are other continents in this world besides North America.

Are you suggesting that until this change with Tmobile, a person in the US could not buy their own phone then get a plan to go with it?
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this won't mean a lot until att or vzw does it.
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We have no subsidies here in Spain.

It is more expensive to buy a terminal from a carrier than getting it unlocked.

But they offer financing plans. Just like your average bank.
   
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post #48 of 97
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Are you suggesting that until this change with Tmobile, a person in the US could not buy their own phone then get a plan to go with it?

Very difficult considering the major carriers of the USA utilize different cell bands.
Sure you were able to get a 3G QuadBand phone and use it on Tmobile or AT&T, but good luck buying a non USA Released LTE phone and getting 4G LTE on any of the major carriers in the USA.

Hence why its such a big deal that Samsung and HTC now have been able to get the major carriers in the US to accept model launches of the same device across all the networks. Just look at the Samsung Galaxy S2 compared to the S3. S2 was available for AT&T and TMobile. Sprint released theirs as the Epic 4G, and Verizon never even had a Galaxy S2, opting for the Droid Charge.

None of the big Motorola Droid phones are on any carrier besides Verizon due to their exclusivity agreement. You couldn't pick up a Droid Maxx, or Droid 4 on AT&T/Tmobile/Sprint.

Now with the release of the S3, all 4 carriers carry the S3, with each on their own LTE frequencies obviously. But still a big step in availability of phones for consumes without worrying about carrier.
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Except, you're paying the real price of that GS3 over the life of your plan. Even once you have technically "paid off" the cost of your phone, you still keep paying the higher bill (your bill doesn't decrease in price once you've paid off the real cost of the phone), it's how the cell phone companies make their money.

My current family plan with T-mo is 1000 minutes, unlimited text, and 2 GB of high speed data for one line, for 4 phones for $115 before taxes/fees/surcharges.

The new plan offered is unlimited minutes, unlimited text, and 500 MB of high speed data for all 4 phones for $100. $15 of savings a month = $180 a year. Our family has been with T-mobile for more than a decade.. imagine how much money we would have saved if this was implemented earlier :0

T-Mobile has terrible coverage in my area and most of my friends complain how they get poor signal and dropped calls all the time. I am stuck with AT&T for now which I don't mind paying a little bit extra since I will be getting the GS4 for free too when it comes out on AT&T. thumb.gif
post #50 of 97
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More like ahead of the world, especially when it comes to mobile technology.

I love my country but we really need to drop this line of thinking. Contrary to popular belief the rest of the world aren't just cavemen waiting for us to make them civilized lol
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Originally Posted by xentrox View Post

Ahead of the world? lol..

People have been able to buy phones and plans separately all over the world for more than a decade now. 3G was allover Asia, Europe, heck even the Middle East years before it hit the US.

This and other "mobile technology" you speak of, gets popularized and tested in Asia and Europe way before they come to the US more often than you think.

You need to travel and go out some more. There are other continents in this world besides North America.

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