Originally Posted by jhawkkw
Carrier subsidies have blinded people to the true value and cost of these smartphones. That's another reason for the outrage.
I agree and respectfully disagree.
A 16 GB iPod Touch retails for US$200.
Now, add a phone radio transceiver, extra antennas, NFC, an sd card slot, upgrade the screen, and then explain how those few changes total an additional 250% price jump. Even with the processor and other esoterica.
I think that the subsidized retail price has been used to jack up the retail price, for all phones.
The market will bear a $200 media player and it's profitable.
The market will bear a $650 phone and it's very profitable.