quote: Oh...and for the f%cktards who are honestly stupid enough to say something like "but...but...without the subsidized plans I could never afford the imPhoney 12 Special Poopstain Edition!": use a credit card. F%cktard.
quote: I guess my point is, if people complain about how easy CC companies make it for people to be financially irresponsible, why don't they complain about cell providers?
quote: Which looks less dangerous in the long term to someone that has issues dealing with money?
quote: ALL cell phones should *only* be purchasable at a full retail price
quote: There's nothing wrong with financing. Why are you drawing the line at cell phones? What about cars and homes?
quote: Do you have to pay an ETF is you sell your car or home after a year? No? Huh. Guess you're not comparing apples and apples then, now are you?
quote: Also, as noted, the obfuscation of the true cost is another unique issue. People financing a car or a house have 100% understanding of what their actual cost is.
quote: try breaking a mortgage early.
quote: There's nothing wrong with financing. Why are you drawing the line at cell phones? What about cars and homes? The problem is not that vendors are letting people avoid paying for phones all at once. The problem is, as you mentioned, the obfuscation of total price. There should be a law where all contracts for all consumer products show the total commitment in a big font on the front page. Something tells me that prices would be a little more competitive if AT&T iPhone contracts showed $2376 on them instead of $200.
quote: No contract, low costing monthly fees and un-subsidized phones, carrier unlocked phones like the rest of the world.This is how it should be.
quote: [AT&T] wants to move away from subsidized pricing as a way of building customer growth and instead help customers make better use of its network.