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  1. CyHawk

    CyHawk Well-Known Member

  2. Flyboy28802

    Flyboy28802 Well-Known Member

    Snip>>> McAdam&#8217;s vision also includes a re-examination of device subsidies as customers increasingly depend on wireless devices. McAdam previously indicated the wireless device subsidy was designed to get customers to adopt and embrace new technologies, and as adoption rates have soared, the need to keep discounting technology that customers depend on diminishes.<<<<

    I just bought a Razr Maxx for $169, I didn't want to pay the $299 Verizon charges and full retail of $799 (which I believe is inflated in my opinion). If I had to pay full retail then the price better be around the $200 mark or at $799 I will not be upgrading to the latest phone technology. I bet many people will think the same as me, if Verizon sets the price points to high nobody is going to buy their products.

    A good example is the Android tablets cutting into the IPAD sales, now force, Apple is going to make a smaller screen version because consumer demand.

    Verizon better be cautious, while it might be king of the hill right now, it will get knocked down some day. The king always does...

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  3. AntimonyER

    AntimonyER AF Addict VIP Member

    Ending phone subsidies is not the worst thing in the world. Retail prices for phone are extremely inflated, because very few people pay those prices (See medical prices for the extreme of this effect). Also ending subsidies will require a lot more pricing competition among carriers, because there also won't be contracts anymore. So in the end, the combination of reduced retail pricing and service pricing will be equal or greater than the device subsidy now, AND no more contract.
  4. EKhatch

    EKhatch Well-Known Member

  5. pool_shark

    pool_shark Well-Known Member

    Europe has already been kicking around dropping subsidies and it's been successful.
    U.S. carriers were/are watching closely and will follow.
  6. CyHawk

    CyHawk Well-Known Member

    I believe the cost of plans in Europe are much cheaper than in the states.
  7. WA_Bob

    WA_Bob VIP Member VIP Member

    It's not the norm in the world to buy carrier specific phones. Let the OEMs concentrate on making great hardware and keep the carriers focused on providing service and we'll see the cost of everything go down IMO. Just look what happened once old Ma Bell couldn't make you buy their phones on their service together anymore!
  8. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Well-Known Member


    The difference is that the rest of the world is basically all on the same system, unlike here in the US. Even the LTE systems won't be compatible. They built the system to have carrier specific phones, and that will make selling unsubsidized phones difficult here.
  9. WA_Bob

    WA_Bob VIP Member VIP Member

    That's currently the case. But if the carriers were forced to accept any phone you brought into their store, I'm sure both OEMs and carrier's would find ways to make the system work. It's just a matter of changing the market dynamics in favor of the consumers instead of making things carrier-centric.
  10. qetuop

    qetuop Active Member

    That's the problem there. Who's going to force them? The government?

    What needs to happen is more Netflix/Qwikster type responses from the public. Unfortunately it seems like the telecos have enough of a customer base that they can make bad changes and enough people will just go along because they either don't care, know better or have no choice.
  11. AntimonyER

    AntimonyER AF Addict VIP Member

    Question, why won't the LTE systems be compatible? As far as I knew, once the carriers switched over to VoLTE, and sold off/scrapped the GSM and CDMA networks, any phone would work on any network... Is the reason you are saying that frequency based? Because manufacturers already accomodate that with the Quad and Pentaband phones...

    Block C regulations require Verizon to allow any compatible LTE phone on their network, and allow any phone Verizon introduces on their network to be freely moved to another, compatible network.
  12. CyHawk

    CyHawk Well-Known Member

    And why shouldn
  13. qetuop

    qetuop Active Member

  14. WA_Bob

    WA_Bob VIP Member VIP Member

    You have a point I forgot. I knew there were chips that could access almost all frequencies, but I forgot about the Block C regulations.
  15. AntimonyER

    AntimonyER AF Addict VIP Member

  16. hilmar2k

    hilmar2k Well-Known Member

    VZW and AT&T use different frequencies for their LTE systems. I guess the phone manufacturers could make phone that work on both systems...
  17. Optid

    Optid Well-Known Member

  18. WA_Bob

    WA_Bob VIP Member VIP Member

    They can now. It's just a matter of having that functionality enabled/ built in to the phones and then making sure carriers can't block that feature of phones sold. So, in theory we could have the European model when you buy your phone outright at full retail and then choose your carrier.

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