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  1. tripower's Avatar
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    I just saw were ATT is now selling the Focus for $49, this and the lack of the update is not exactly filling me with confidence for the future of the WP7 platform.
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    I don't like this price!







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    I think this price is a great way to get people to the platform. The average user most likely won't care what OS they're running. They're going to see the iPhone at $200 and the Focus at $200. Should be a good way to get new WP7ers. :D
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    I know! $49 dollars, that's outrageous! They should go back to selling it for a penny!
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    Maybe Microsoft is subsidizing this. They can buy $10MM in TV ads or sell 100K phones at a discount. More phones you get on the street at this point the better. Peer pressure is much more powerful than any commercial.

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    Bought mine from Target two months ago for $30.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJ Thunder View Post
    Bought mine from Target two months ago for $30.
    I didn't know Target sold cell phones!

    I was able to get my Focus for $49 back in January. AT&T price matches other stores and gave me one because Radio Shack was running it at that price.
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    Got mine and the wife's for a penny each just before Christmas. Figured I had nothing to loose to try a new platform for a penny. So far so good, just want the update. We'll see if we stay.
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    All phone.go.through sales. Beside the iphone 4G.

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    I've never paid more then 29 for any phone most certainly will never pay over 50. Like Jax said all phone but the iPhone go on sale.

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    Check the website and you'll find phones for free some weeks. The at&t site always have better deals.

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    I bought my focus through costco's website back in December for $49. (You don't even need a membership to buy online). They even threw in a car charger. At the time Microsoft was running a "buy a windows phone, get a Xbox 360 game free" promotion. I got the latest halo game, took it to sam's club, and got $62 store credit for returning it. When all was said and done I had a new phone, car charger, and an extra $12!
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    The unsubsidized price for the Focus is $350 from AT&T (or $390 from mobilecityonline.com).

    And that's just the business model in the U.S. -- Americans don't want to pay for a cell phone, so the OEM (and/or carrier) subsidizes the cost and recoups it w/ higher rate plans and data plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael-Dallas View Post
    The unsubsidized price for the Focus is $350 from AT&T (or $390 from mobilecityonline.com).

    And that's just the business model in the U.S. -- Americans don't want to pay for a cell phone, so the OEM (and/or carrier) subsidizes the cost and recoups it w/ higher rate plans and data plans.

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    Wow I'm surprised it's that cheap. It was $400 when I bought the phone. There are some phones out there that are $600-$700 unsubsidized. I'd buy an unsubsidized phone if I could use it on other networks or get some kind of service discount. Right now in the US there's not really any benfit to doing it other than being locked into a contract.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael-Dallas View Post
    The unsubsidized price for the Focus is $350 from AT&T (or $390 from mobilecityonline.com).

    And that's just the business model in the U.S. -- Americans don't want to pay for a cell phone, so the OEM (and/or carrier) subsidizes the cost and recoups it w/ higher rate plans and data plans.

    Michael.
    Lies! As when I am off contract my bill doesn't lower. Hence it doesn't go higher to pay for my new phone, hence is communist in that we all pay for new phones!!!!! AHHH!
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    reading all these stories, i'm kind of upset i got mine for $99. this is my own boy who sold me this. smh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaMMa View Post
    Wow I'm surprised it's that cheap. It was $400 when I bought the phone. There are some phones out there that are $600-$700 unsubsidized. I'd buy an unsubsidized phone if I could use it on other networks or get some kind of service discount. Right now in the US there's not really any benfit to doing it other than being locked into a contract.
    Well, if you buy an unbranded phone, then depending on the bands, you would be able to use it on any network. For example, my Nokia N900 works on T-Mobile's 3G bands, but it will also work on AT&T's 2G bands (EDGE data speeds). I bought it unbranded from Nokia so I can use it on T-Mobile 3G or AT&T 2G with a simple SIM card swap. On top of not having to renew a 2-year contract w/ AT&T, I got unlimited data for $15/mo since I was not forced to sign up for a smartphone data plan. And since the phone is unbranded, I got all the features like tethering. And you're not at the mercy of the carrier for updates.

    My Nokia N97 before that worked on AT&T's 3G network. Likewise, I got unlimited data for $15/mo and all the features.

    I am really hoping that the Nokia WP7 phones coming will be available unbranded.

    Quote Originally Posted by CJ Thunder View Post
    Lies! As when I am off contract my bill doesn't lower. Hence it doesn't go higher to pay for my new phone, hence is communist in that we all pay for new phones!!!!! AHHH!
    Of course your bill doesn't lower, do you really think the wireless carrier would really do such a thing? Do you really think Samsung is making any money on the Focus if AT&T offered it for $50? Why do you think AT&T wants you in a 2-year contract? The difference between $350 and $50 is going to be recouped somewhere.

    My sources are from friends on both sides (OEM and carrier), BTW.

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    I bought mine in December for $200.

    I am a consumer *****.
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    This is a good thing, because of the sales model. When my beloved Palm Pre Plus went on sale, it was terrible, because palm was the only manufacturer, and we all knew that they were running out of money. Not the case with Microsoft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael-Dallas View Post



    Of course your bill doesn't lower, do you really think the wireless carrier would really do such a thing? Do you really think Samsung is making any money on the Focus if AT&T offered it for $50? Why do you think AT&T wants you in a 2-year contract? The difference between $350 and $50 is going to be recouped somewhere.

    My sources are from friends on both sides (OEM and carrier), BTW.

    Michael.
    Then its not a subsidized price. Just cheaper to lock me in. New customer vs good customer mentality.
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    If your phone is unsubsidized, then you don't need to sign a contract. It's just a matter of setting up an account and going. If you DO sign an contract, and also purchase an unsubsidized phone, that's your fault.
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    My brother about to get the HD7 for 49.

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    Then its not a subsidized price. Just cheaper to lock me in. New customer vs good customer mentality.
    In the grand scheme of things, it's not. But in accounting, it probably is.

    Every new BMW comes with free maintenance for the first 4 years. You think that is really free, or do you think they've factored the cost of that maintenance into the cost of the vehicle?

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    Yep! That's how they get us Americans. :-)

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    BMW also serves a full breakfast at their dealerships FYI. I'm still waiting for AT&T to serve breakfast when I go to renew my contract.
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