The End of Subsidized Smartphones?

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  • Report this Comment On April 13, 2013, at 10:29 AM, Jjkiam wrote:

    The end of subsidized phones with 2 year contracts by Tmobile in no way undermines Apple or other makers of high end phones like Samsumg's Galaxy S4. The simpler more straightforward phone payment plan is a vast improvement over the incredible overcharges and onerous contract terms the other carriers mask with the so called subsidized phone offering. In fact the end of the subsidy reduces tje real cost for purchasing a smartphone and the ability to take the phone to another carrier only adds additional strength to the consumer. the only possible downside is potentially a lengthened replacement timeline.

    As soon as I can get out of my contract with Verizon, I will switch as long as coverage is comparable.

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