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  •  If you're going to have subsidized phones (2+ / 0-)
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    Demi Moaned, emilysdad

    you're going to have contracts, and with contracts come ETFs. They do need regulation however, and should be both prorated and tied to the value of the subsidy, if any. Europe, by and large, doesn't allow bundling of phone and service. This has advantages both economic and environmental. If you have to pay the full price of the phone, you're not going to replace it just because "it's free". Also, it makes it easier to compare service providers if you don't have to factors phones into it. Finally, it lowers the barriers to entry for both phone makers and service providers by allowing new player to leverage existing phones or service providers.

    The one that's chapping my hide right now is not being able to have a smart phone, even an unsubsidized one, without a $30 per month data plan. AT&T had been the last holdout, but now if I ever replace my smart phone (and it won't last forever), I will either have to pay, pay, pay, or buy it unsubsidized and hope AT&T never, ever figures out what kind of phone I really have.

    I've been using PDAs since the beginning, having owned a Pilot 1000 with 128K. I use them hard, and I don't need connectivity except with my PC (or WiFi).

    I can't justify paying $30*24 months ($720) for a service I don't need.

    "Grab a mop -- let's get to work. "
    -- President Barack Obama, Oct 2009

    by davewill on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 11:21:39 AM PST

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