The Dev Edition is directly purchased from Samsung, not VZW, therefore no subsidy.
Do a spreadsheet: compare purchase price of subsidized version of the phone vs. out right purchase price of the non-subsidized phone, including the monthly charges over 2 years. I save over 2 years $$ because I keep unlimited data. I average 4-7 GB data per month, so I would have purchased the 6 GB plan as a starter if it were subsidized.
Last edited by markwebb; 07-12-2013 at 03:55 AM. Reason: clarification
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What needs to change in the industry is the moment I am not on subsidized anymore my bill should drop. People who are keeping unlimited data have some incentives to buy out right. But the avg customer it is wrong to charge me the same price for my bill if I bought my phone out right vs some one who is subsidized. Not enough people is making an issue about it so the wireless companies are getting over.
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This makes me wonder if the root community is actually bigger than we think, for both the Manufacturer and the Carrier to try to shut us down... We must be doing something to upset them enough to put development time and money into locking down devices, and providing small updates for current phones which need more fixes than just a double locked bootloader (they should focus on bringing it up to the latest version of Android, not killing root exploits).
Knowing the power and possibilities after achieving root, and also the responsibility that comes with it, I will never own another device (phone or tablet) that doesn't have this ability... even if that means keeping my Galaxy Nexus until TMo's LTE network is awesome enough to make me ride out or cancel my VZW contract.
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But if you buy a phone full price out right then your '2 yr' monthly bill should be cheaper than someone who bought a subsidized contract phone is the principal of the matter... You should have to cough up money on both the front and back end...!