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09-18-2013, 08:16 PM #21
BRAIN BLAST! Neutron Style... The US carriers could unlock subsidized phones and Yes enforce the legal subsidy agreement/contract with collection and negative credit activity if broken. But they could also (ready for this,) block the Phone's IMEI in that new blacklisting system they have in addition to collections activity. Honest customers get a phone that can except lower cost SIM cards while traveling and Dishonest dirt-bags get a credit score ding and a brick for a phone.
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09-19-2013, 01:03 AM #22
09-19-2013, 02:00 AM #23
At the end of the day, phones are just tools for carriers to sell their airtime - and they can't really be blamed for ensuring that that tool doesn't gift competitors with the opportunity to sell theirs ... just because a percentage of consumers need a loan (the contract credit agreement) to buy a new phone.
After all, there's nothing to stop a consumer from foregoing a phone upgrade for two years and downgrading to an airtime-only contract to save the funds to buy a SIM-free device and have a free choice of carrier/plan at the end of those two years.
09-19-2013, 07:28 AM #24
09-19-2013, 08:20 AM #25
People truly don't understand the term "subsidized". It's a shame people don't really understand this issue well. It causes needless angst and anger towards the carriers. The cost of an iPhone is 500+.. If you agree to a contract period they lower your upfront costs. Period end of story.
If you burn an upgrade and sell on eBay (you'd have to unlock it or get the buyer really mad at you - happened to me) then you're still required to pay for the subsidized phone over the full contract period. So just reselling the phone doesn't prove you own it either.
This new legislation attempt is just another Obama-style government intrusion into business. Leave us the hell alone Mr.President.
09-19-2013, 07:04 PM #26
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