- 11-08-2012, 12:08 PM #2
It's likely that the much smaller volume of CDMA handsets = higher costs per handset (which are passed on to the end consumer).
It also looks like HTC is NOT going the low-margin route on the 8X. Pricing may be the 8X's Achilles' heel.
- 11-08-2012, 08:38 PM #4
11-08-2012, 09:26 PM #5
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Making a 720p 4.3" screen is a bigger technical challenge than making one 4.7" The processor is still just shy of the tip top of the line too.
Besides, according to The Verge it's only $100 more. The AT&T 920 price is subsidized even without the contract, that's the reason it's so cheap.
- 11-14-2012, 05:01 PM #6
what's the best guess about when, if ever, the Verizon off contract price for the HTC 8x will drop from its current $540? I really don't want to give up my unlimited wireless data plan, but I'm not sure I want to spend 600 bucks on a new phone, even if I want to move to the windows universe.
- 11-14-2012, 05:45 PM #7
- 11-14-2012, 06:34 PM #11
a) AT&T can pick off some of the competitions customers and sell new two-year contracts
b) Nokia sells more L920s
c) Customers get a good deal on a high-end Lumia's
However, none of the above has anything to do with generosity.
11-14-2012, 08:09 PM #12
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The only thing that makes such a statement iffy is that the Lumia 820 (on AT&T) is $50, while the 822 is $100 (on Verizon).
- 11-14-2012, 11:32 PM #16
The phone was designed from the ground-up for Windows Phone, which entails significant design and tooling costs. It has a high-end SLCD2 screen, NFC, and a host of other features.
It is not "bulky," and its "old" processor is the same one that powers the best-selling smartphone in the world, the Samsung Galaxy S III.
If it's not your cup of tea, you can pick up a cheap Android device with similar "hardware specs." Just remember that typically, you get what you pay for.
- 11-15-2012, 03:41 PM #18
However, in this case I've been told by Nokia employees that the subsidy paid by AT&T was part of the exclusivity deal. Since neither those Nokia employees nor I was at the table when the deal was made, I wouldn't be willing to guarantee its truthfulness, but I believe it is. On the other hand, the two approaches aren't mutually exclusive either, so make of it what you will. ;)
Wikipedia, generosity is the habit of giving without expecting anything in return. I don't think that applies to AT&T or any other for-profit company, particular not to multinational conglomerates like AT&T. I have no idea why you find it necessary to make that association, but you are free to misunderstand economics if you want to.
- 11-15-2012, 04:03 PM #19
I even used in a sentence for you a couple of posts up to help you understand the difference, though it would appear it was all for naught.
- 11-15-2012, 06:52 PM #20
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