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Sure but it isn't needed any one of them can start to stop doing this and have an advantage over the competition (like t mobile is apparently doing now). So this should fix itself over time.
> it makes sense for users because they don't see it as a phone subsidy, they see it as 'getting a free phone"
They are just naive .. there is no such thing as a "free phone".
> As such, there is a significant disincentive to using an unlocked phone, you have to pay full price for the phone and get no discount off of your monthly bill.
For someone that is used to a more sane environment where such nonsense does not exits (ex. me) this really sounds odd.
Canonical to demonstrate Ubuntu on phones
Posted Jan 4, 2013 13:24 UTC (Fri) by wookey (subscriber, #5501)
> They are just naive .. there is no such thing as a "free phone".
It has been my experience over many years that most people prefer a fixed monthly charge over a large upfront cost and low monthly cost even when the former version costs a great deal more over any period longer than about a year.
This seems really odd to me, but it's true.
Posted Jan 4, 2013 17:49 UTC (Fri) by shmerl (guest, #65921)
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