They should leave that option up to the people, not just dump subsidies completely.
Originally Posted by Griffoun
As for T-Mobile, this is THE way to distinguish itself in the marketplace. Some people don't care how long they use the phone for until they die, or just get a used one from eBay or craigslist to keep expenses low. It's not a new concept outside of the US, but I wonder why it's slow to catch-on in this country.
The average customer is going to wonder why an iPhone at the T-Mobile store is $649/749/849 versus over at AT&T/VZW/Sprint where it is $199/299/399. Let's not forget most people on T-Mobile are there for one reason only: to save money, which is why these value plans exist. Can these people afford to spend almost $700 on a shiny new iPhone?
Of course, you can get them off CL or eBay, but they won't completely support TMobile's "4G" network (AWS band) or their upcoming LTE network. T-Mobile's 3G is being refarmed to the 1900 band (like AT&T), but it won't be 100% done for a while.
Honestly, I think the best compromise might be a 1 year contract. Tech is moving way too fast to keep a phone for two years.
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