Does Bring-You-Own-Phone affect monthly rate plan?


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  1. tlbj6142

    tlbj6142 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    With US carriers, does providing your own phone affect your monthly rate plan?

    Ex. If I buy phone X from the carrier for $200 (2-year contract) along with a $70/month plan, is it only $60/month if I bring my own phone.

    I don't believe this is true, which leads me to wonder what advantages there are to purchasing an unlocked phone (other than "no contract" and the ability to use a phone not sold by the carrier)? Aren't I really paying for a potion of the phone's hardware cost as part of my monthly fee? So, purchasing an unlocked phone (could) have higher total cost of ownership than purchasing a carrier's phone.
     

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  2. TheBrit

    TheBrit Well-Known Member

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    Best thing to do is ask. O2 in the UK have a 'bring your own phone' contract called SIMplicity. It's definitely cheaper than having a subsidised handset.
     

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