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The subject is: Is a non-contract cell phone service enough to make you switch carriers? by Lee Koo (ADMIN) Moderator CNET staff
There were no products mentioned. All of the products have come up in replies, mostly to explain why or why not that person feels the way that they do.
I do disagree with your statement, "Of course it is better to buy an unlocked phone and then choose the cheapest prepaid service."
I do not want to pay the 3X price (compared to what I pay) for an unlocked phone. I would not get that back in reduced rates -- they cannot be low enough for me to come even close. I also upgrade only every three years or so a two year contract is no hindrance.
I have been with the same carrier (and my wife also) since before they were really small enough for your pocket. If one trades carriers, you just trade one kind of problems for another. We have four phones on my account. The average cost per phone (including all surcharges and taxes) is less than the price (I believe without the surcharges) one person was bragging about for a "cheap" service with an unlocked phone. And, when any of us upgrades, we get a relatively inexpensive subsidized price for the new phone.
BTW, you will notice that there was deliberately no mention of products in this response. The products don't matter as much as whether or not you are happy. Assuming the company is going to be around for a while, they are going to make money. Are they going to compromise the service (fewer towers etc.) so they can offer low rates or leave out features or charge a little more. You are not going to get a fantastically better deal from one that the other. Something has got to give so they can follow their business model and make money. Pick your problems, sign up, grin and bear it.
. . . . T.
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