View Poll Results: How is your bill set up?

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  • I bought my WP full price and pay for my service month to month.

    6 22.22%
  • I bought my WP at a reduced price and have a contract.

    12 44.44%
  • I had no cost for my WP and am paying for it over the course of my service contract.

    3 11.11%
  • I bought my WP full price, but received a cheaper plan with a contract.

    1 3.70%
  • Other--please share!

    5 18.52%
  1. Judge_Daniel's Avatar
    In another thread, lumic and I were talking about the ways that carriers subsidize phones through contracts or other ways to set up costs for smart phones and service.

    Lumic said,

    In Australia, pretty much no phones have an upfront cost. A high-end phone (Galaxy Nexus) will launch on a $59 plan over 24 months - $1416. An older phone (Desire Z / G2) might be on a $29 plan for 24 months - $696.
    While here in the US, we pay for both the phone and the service separately, but with a reduced phone price when we buy it with a contract.

    What are ways that you've seen to purchase a phone and service?
    12-30-2011 01:04 AM
  2. justop26's Avatar
    I imported my Samsung Focus, bought it on eBay at $260. Unlocked it for $20. I'm a prepaid customer: $5 in prepaid air time and $15 for unlimited prepaid data each month.
    12-30-2011 02:13 AM
  3. Judge_Daniel's Avatar
    I imported my Samsung Focus, bought it on eBay at $260. Unlocked it for $20. I'm a prepaid customer: $5 in prepaid air time and $15 for unlimited prepaid data each month.
    260+20+20*24=$760 for two year's use. I'm completely jealous. Even if I got a free phone, I'm paying around $1080 just for talk, text, and data in two years.
    12-30-2011 02:30 AM
  4. enahs555's Avatar
    I got my Focus for free from Microsoft for developing apps! :)
    12-30-2011 09:36 AM
  5. GekkoAce's Avatar
    I imported my Samsung Focus, bought it on eBay at $260. Unlocked it for $20. I'm a prepaid customer: $5 in prepaid air time and $15 for unlimited prepaid data each month.
    That would be awesome... I wish we had options like this in the US. This is the reason I'm so glad At&t&t never happened.

    Sent from my TITAN using Board Express
    12-30-2011 11:18 AM
  6. GekkoAce's Avatar
    260+20+20*24=$760 for two year's use. I'm completely jealous. Even if I got a free phone, I'm paying around $1080 just for talk, text, and data in two years.
    On our family plan we pay $250/month for 4 $.01 TITANs on a 2 yr contract w/ AT&T.
    $250*12/4 = $750/yr each. We have the option to early upgrade every year.. Which we usually do and just agree to two more years. I love AT&T and don't plan on switching anyway.

    Edit: with unlimited msging and unlimited mobile to any mobile in the US, its pretty much unlimited talk time with 2gb of data each.


    Sent from my TITAN using Board Express
    12-30-2011 11:24 AM
  7. Jorba's Avatar
    I bought my unlocked Trophy on Amazon for 160€.
    I have an unlimited Data Plan, unlimited texting and calls for 39,99€ each month.
    So after 2 years: 1120€ (1450$)

    Sent from my 7 Trophy using Board Express
    12-30-2011 11:34 AM
  8. Duvi's Avatar
    Upgraded for free. I have one and the other $25 app card is on the way. Very satisfied with my deal.
    12-30-2011 12:18 PM
  9. Judge_Daniel's Avatar
    A lot of you are making me feel better about the US prices. Maybe it isn't so bad, after all.
    12-31-2011 03:49 PM
  10. jalb's Avatar
    I have the penny Titan from Black Friday. On the one hand, I was really enjoying being off-contract with my Focus, but on the other hand, a penny.
    12-31-2011 05:34 PM
  11. Judge_Daniel's Avatar
    I have the penny Titan from Black Friday. On the one hand, I was really enjoying being off-contract with my Focus, but on the other hand, a penny.
    Understandable, lol.
    12-31-2011 05:59 PM
  12. jfa1's Avatar
    I bought my focus for 150.00 from another attorney friend who switches phones regularly and sells them on ebay ofr friends who want them. Put my sim in and was in business with my unltd data plan and family plan for minutes and messaging. My wife and daughter have iphones.
    12-31-2011 06:04 PM
  13. CobaltDragon's Avatar
    Bought my radar NIB from eBay for $300, and doing no contract on tmobile 4G for $30 a month
    12-31-2011 06:13 PM
  14. SSK the Gr8's Avatar
    here, in india we pay upfront, no carrier subsidy

    so the Samsung Omnia W = $300

    I'm on prepaid so 1gb 3g data + text etc. comes to $13 ;)
    01-03-2012 09:58 AM
  15. aubreyq's Avatar
    Paid about $100 for my Focus with a 2-year contract. It's the only smartphone in my house. I have two other lines in the account. After corporate discounts, my monthly bill is about $135 for 1400 minutes with rollover, 200MB data plan on the Focus, family unlimited texting, and unlimited mobile-to-mobile.
    01-03-2012 11:18 AM
  16. Judge_Daniel's Avatar
    Bought my radar NIB from eBay for $300, and doing no contract on tmobile 4G for $30 a month
    How did you pull this off? I tried to talk to different reps and the lowest I could get is $60.
    01-03-2012 11:24 AM
  17. cgk's Avatar
    Nokia gave me the phone for free and I have a rolling monthly contract for 10 a month (300 minutes, 3000 texts, 1gb of data).
    01-03-2012 12:04 PM
  18. fifthGear's Avatar
    How's everyone getting on such low-cost plans?

    I got my HD7 new on ebay for $300 (+ $20 shipping). We have a family plan on T-Mo (2yrs), 2 lines ($40/line, unlimited data first 2GB of which is 4G then down shifts to 2G, 500 minutes voice, 2 x $8 for insurance, + some taxes). Total bill is about $100/month. So I'm paying $50/month for my phone. So, 300 + 50 * 24 = $1500.
    01-03-2012 12:56 PM
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