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Petition for Verizon to go contract-less gains steam

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by TBO, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. Drain You

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    Once again America is playing catch up.
     
  2. ClydeG19

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    This would end the subsidy on cell phones as a business model. They have the contracts because they front you an expensive phone in the beginning and they make up the cost later. Only America seems to run on this business model.

    Be prepared to spend $800 on the latest Iphone or Samsung Nexaxy Touch 5g x12 Maxx.
     

  3. certifiedfunds

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    I hope it happens but I don't see it. It'll kill their profit margin.


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  4. pizza_pablo

    pizza_pablo USN Retired

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    Same here. I didn't want to lose unlimited data, so I but my phones on ebay or swappa.

    Sent on Outdoor Hub, from my RAZR Mini.
     
  5. OdinIII

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    Anything Verizon does would be revenue neutral for most users. We simply aren't going to pay much less for the best service in America.
     
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  6. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    Most of those concerned about losing their unlimited data plan have no idea how much data they use.

    I've helped several monitor their data use over several months, almost all were under 2 GB, quite a few hit 1 GB at max.
     
  7. sheriff733

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    What do you think the solution to paying full retail for a new smartphone will be?

    Even the little basic flip/camera phones are like $200.
     
  8. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    If you're under a a contract, you're already paying full price.
    The cost of the phone is subsidized by what you are locked into paying monthly over the course of 2 years.

    The actual cost of the phone and actual cost of the services are mixed together. Hard, if not impossible to tell what you're really paying.

    The new T-mobile no contract plan lets you truly know the cost of the phone and the cost of the services. In addition, you can pay $99 (or more if you elect to) for your phone at the start, and a monthly payment ($20/month) until the phone is payed off, then your bill drops down to just paying for the service. You can pay off your phone outright and then just pay what the service plan costs.

    The US is the last place to use the subsidized phone model.
     
  9. sheriff733

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    Ok, now that I could get on board with.

    No way in the world am I going to pay $800 for the latest smartphone, but I'm definitely cool with what TMobile is doing.
     
  10. USMCsilver

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    Yup.

    Contracts offer "cheaper" pricing.

    EDIT: Maybe not. TBO kinda made sense of that. :)
     
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    I just gave mine up for a Galaxy Note II. Now I'm roped into another 2 year contract (from March 1) and am limited to 2gb/mo.

    What will happen if they go to no contracts? They will still charge the same high prices for service and the phones will be $500+. After this contract is over I'm dumping verizon.
     
  12. certifiedfunds

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    I would have to think rates would increase to keep EPS steady. The companies make great margins every month that eligible customers don't upgrade.


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  13. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    You guys are nuts. Verizon Wireless is a great company. I encourage all of you to renew your contracts, and use LOTS of data.









    (my retirement depends on it)
     
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    I want to buy my phone at full sticker and choose my services cafeteria style. So far I can't find it with premium data speeds.


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  16. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    The closest I've seen is T-mobile, if you're in the coverage.
    If not, mute point.

    True cafeteria style isn't likely to ever come, but no contract plans are a step up from what we have now.

    "Truth in pricing".
     
  17. certifiedfunds

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    Yeah I think you've suggested that in the past but they're a no go for me in coverage.

    I agree. Buying a subsidized phone makes me feel like I'm buying appliances at a rent to own. I really don't like it. And yeah I think we'll be dealing with packages for the foreseeable future. Especially as users use fewer voice minutes and more data.


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