[PLUG-TALK] Android, Chapter 2, Happy, Happy

Alex Young alexander.young at gmail.com
Thu Mar 17 15:37:40 PDT 2011


On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 9:50 AM, Russell Johnson <russ at dimstar.net> wrote:

>
> On Mar 17, 2011, at 9:28 AM, Denis Heidtmann wrote:
>
> On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 9:50 PM, Russell Johnson <russ at dimstar.net> wrote:
>
>> You do realize the reason for this, do you not?
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> _______________________________________________
>>
>
> Let me guess.  Because they can.
>
>
> No. It's because they heavily subsidize the cost of the phone, and lock in
> assures that most of the people they buy phones for will remain on their
> network long enough for them to recoup their costs.
>
> My iPhone, for instance, cost me $149. A similarly sized iPod Touch is
> $299. Leaving out the fact that the iPhone has more capability than the
> iPod, at half price, AT&T paid for part of the phone. Yes, I paid for part
> as well, but the fact remains that they did subsidize the phone for me.
>
> The carriers use different spectrums for 3G service IIRC.  It's really just
a hardware issue.
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