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Why are the carrier off contract prices so different?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by thomasanderson, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. thomasanderson

    thomasanderson Well-Known Member
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    Im trying to decide if I want to buy the Note 4 off contract, so I looked online and saw that it was $699 at Verizon. I figured cool, Ill get one from At&t on release day. I looked online at At&t and the phone is $825 bucks! I then looked at Sprint, $720 and T-mobile $750. WTH! Can anyone help me understand the huge difference in pricing?
     



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  2. Risley

    Risley Well-Known Member

    I can answer quite a few questions but this one I'm not sure
     
  3. question729

    question729 Android Enthusiast

    Maybe Verizon allows more bloatware to subsidize the price of the phone.
     
  4. KupKrazy

    KupKrazy Android Enthusiast

    I always wondered this too. And then if you go to a big box retailer like Best Buy - and their off-contract prices often differ from the carriers, too.
     
  5. Jlomb436

    Jlomb436 Newbie

    I just chatted with the ATT rep and I mentioned the same as the OP. She said the stores will price match if you bring in a printed ad. Now, trying to find an ad is one thing. But It's crazy. $700 seems reasonable. Sadly I'm a little quirky and it will bother me beyond ends if I don't get this phone for $700 at ATT knowing others have paid less.
     
  6. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    The carriers who lock their phone to the network /are cdma (sprint/Verizon ) can sell the device cheaper because they know you have to use their service.

    ATT and t-mobiles devices can be used in other carriers so they have an incentive to make money from the phone purchase because you may not stay.

    Look into the compatibility of the T-Mobile note 4 on ATT network. It *should* work, but I don't use them so double check
     
  7. AnonGuy

    AnonGuy Android Enthusiast

    Verizon devices are UNLOCKED Global CDMA/HSPA+ and Verizon LTE devices.

    So you're wrong. They're factory unlocked. So they're actually worth more than the AT&T and T-Mobile devices on the open market to anyone with a clue.
     

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