They will lose a lot of customers,including one right here,if there is one thing I can't stand,its a unhonest m'ferOriginally Posted by HowardZ
While justice is looking at that they should look under the covers of phone pricing also. I just do not believe a smart phone cost 400-600 dollars.Originally Posted by cdm369
Rezound User - Retired Techie
NOT that I'm saying it's cool, but I think what makes cell phones so expensive isn't the hardware inside for the phone itself but the radio/wireless capabilities in such a small form. For instance, I have a pair of wireless headphones. If they weren't wireless, they'd probably cost about $120-$150. I bought them for $250. Wireless technology/satellites etc ARE expensive, we just don't think about it because it's such a common thing.
Also, they know people will buy the next best thing, no matter the price. That's why smartphone prices usually drop so rapidly within just a few month. I do agree a smartphone should be no more than $200, especially with a contract, MAYBE $350ish without. But the fact is, technology in a compact form is not easy to make and requires a lot of high tech stuff/staff to create. Mass production =/= simple, but new technology = expensive. This is the way of life. Sad, but true.
Let's just be glad we don't live in the future generation of marketing and advertisement. Otherwise, contracts are ESSENTIAL, and the only way to get a cheaper phone would be to take 100 random surveys and sign up for 50 website memberships so they can spam your phone with holographic notifications about their upcoming half off sale on flying couches.
Last edited by k1ngr4t; 07-23-2012 at 09:17 PM.
I understand where u r coming from,I'm just saying bigger screen of course with a laptop,u can text with it,burn CDs,sync music to a thumb drive,or movies and have plenty of space left,u know where I'm getting at,I'm not going to ramble on,I think we r on the same page,over priced is over priced,I don't have the money to buy the greatest cell phone out to date without a upgrade,just wish Verizon would look at the whole picture,not a quarter of it,if that.Originally Posted by k1ngr4t
Sheesh, some of you people scare me. Are you suggesting the government should involve its corrupt self in phone pricing?
WTF? The reason this is such a great nation is our constitution and capitalism. The market dictates price. The government needs to be figuring out how to shring to about 10% of its current size, not extending its tentacles into the cell phone pricing game. For Gods sake people, calm down and let the market work.
Well, I was exaggerating.
I am not a lawyer, but I'd bet it violates current trade, antitrust, or commerce laws if Verizon is purposely trying to keep HTC sales low and Motorola sales high by refusing to distribute nor load new operating systems for HTC phones provided by HTC. Same goes for instructing salespeople to only sell an HTC phone when the customer won't buy a Motorola phone. However, I think it will fall on HTC to file claims and lawsuits that it lost sales and profits due to Verizon violating antitrust laws.
But, what do I know about legal matters?
We own the best phone, but Verizon discriminates against it to keep its sales low. Who, today, would buy a phone with Gingerbread loaded on it?
Remember what happened to Microsoft for favoring its own web browser over others like Mozilla Netscape (firefox)? And these web browsers were all free software. Not an exact comparison, but if Verizon is taking actions to keep HTC sales down, favoring Motorola, I don't think it will take new laws nor a new government agency to be created to investigate and determine what is wrong.
Last edited by HowardZ; 07-24-2012 at 12:31 AM.