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  • #11
    Originally posted by Lasse. View Post
    1) At least here in Finland, you can buy any phone without operator-locks. I do not know for US, but I have the feeling that huge majority of phones there are sold with operator-contract. Also I do not know how it's for the rest of Europe.
    Here in Belgium (almost?) no phones are sold with an operator lock, because they have to remove it on simple request in the shop whenever you ask anyway...

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    • #12
      Originally posted by AnonymousCoward View Post
      There's no such thing as a $100 iPhone. You can buy contract free Android Phones for less than 100 though. But you being an Apple fanboy...
      You can get iPhones for around 100 when you get something like a 2 year contract, but it is quite clear that Android phones are much cheaper, and that is the reason why they are used so much more all around the world.

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      • #13
        Originally posted by toby76 View Post
        You can get iPhones for around 100 when you get something like a 2 year contract, but it is quite clear that Android phones are much cheaper, and that is the reason why they are used so much more all around the world.
        You can get it for 1 too, but when you're done paying, you've payed 1000.

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        • #14
          There is no such thing as a $100 iPhone. It does not exist (I'm sure you can find an iPhone 1 for $100, but we're not talking stupid here).

          What happens is, you make a deal, like with the mob, with your carrier. Your carrier charges you anywhere from $30 to $40 a month for your plan. $20 to $30 may be used to pay off the phone, where as the rest goes to actually paying for the minutes/data.

          Hence, after 24 months, you have payed $20 - $30 * 24 months = $480 - $720 for the phone. In the first case, this doesn't cover the phone and thus you have to pay an extra $100 up front. This makes it seem like the phone costs only $100, but alas. You have now payed $580 for the phone. The phone probably costs without a contract only about $550 so the carrier STILL made some profit over your dumbness. If you go for the second option, and pay $0 (or $1) for the phone, you have actually payed $720 (or $721) for the phone and the carrier is extremely happy to have you as a customer, the phone still only costs $550.

          Carriers do not EVER give you anything for 'free' because they love you. Not ever. You pay for it. It's called a payment plan or load. Call it as you like.

          Android phones actually do come for about $70 for the really cheap ones. Samsung sells some cheap ones for $99. But yes, the Galaxy S3 and the like do cost in the $500 to $700 bracket.


          Disclaimer. I have made up these numbers, but should be close enough to be accurate. It should be quite obvious what this little math example is supposed to show.

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          • #15
            Originally posted by toby76 View Post
            You can get iPhones for around 100 when you get something like a 2 year contract, but it is quite clear that Android phones are much cheaper, and that is the reason why they are used so much more all around the world.
            Also, if you are wanting to save on your contract, you can look into some residential VoIP providers, and see if any of them are compatible with iPhones. If you are able to, you can make the majority of your calls through voip, and it will save a considerable amount on your phone bill. I recently switched my iPhone to Voip, and I have been very happy with the service and the money I am saving.

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            • #16
              Originally posted by toby76 View Post
              Also, if you are wanting to save on your contract, you can look into some , and see if any of them are compatible with iPhones. If you are able to, you can make the majority of your calls through voip, and it will save a considerable amount on your phone bill. I recently switched my iPhone to Voip, and I have been very happy with the service and the money I am saving.
              My previous post has a spam link embedded in it with the anchor text "residential voip providers". Can this be removed please?

              Thanks
              Toby

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