psst, I'm in Canada, which uses (or I might say used) the same system, which I'm sure that many countries also have a "subsidized" option...
Originally Posted by John Steffes
Maybe the difference is that I can get a plan that comes with a phone, and be locked for a couple of years, or have my own phone, not be locked in and get a discounted fare.
My two kids went, got a new phone, cost them 99$, and have an unlocked plan which is about 15-25$ per month according to usage. They have a minimum and if they go extra, it's like 5$ per another block of airtime/data, which so for, one kid was silly and it went up to 30$ one time. Most time the activation fee can be set aside (and has been every time I dealt with the service people).
So what's worse?
99$ for a phone that's unlocked (yes the phones from the cell phone provider were unlocked), and these are average phone, not bottom of the pile..(Nexus 4 or 5 if I remember correctly)...
and a 20-25$ per month plan...(includes unlimited texting, unlimited talk during evening or such and full weekends, which is what they do anyways)
And if you have your own phone already... well.. another discount, etc.
I gave up on ever dealing with another plan that is basically a phone payment plan, I have enough with a mortgage and car payment already.
And the point is... you get a cheap phone, last year's model or such, which will do everything, and it's not going to be 500$.
Heck... look where we are... On a forum about the Palm Pre2, so this isn't about getting a phone via a payment plan, but about buying a phone that is technically unlocked, and needs to be put on a plan.
I rather enjoyed being able to take my SIM out of my Pre2, use it to activate all of the kids' Pre2s last year, and this year, I opened my Pre3 box, charged it, put my SIM from my Pre2 in it and that was it... the phone turned on, was connected, and not a single thing was needed to be done or changed.
I can't imagine anyone not wanting to be able to do such a thing.