07 Feb Why Are No Contract Phones So Expensive?
Companies like AT & T, Verizon, TMobile, and Sprint will bait you in with a sweet smartphone at a low price ($ 99 / $ 199) with a new 2 year contract. Even upgrading your service at the end of those 2 years can get you a discounted rate. But if you find yourself not qualifying for either of those, get ready to overpay. It's hard to believe but retailers are charging up for $ 699 for a Blackberry Curve with no contract. They sell online for around $ 150. Most of the time sellers toss in silicone skins and leather cases that retail around $ 20.
These cellular companies do not make their profit from the physical phones as they do the service. Especially with all the smartphone craze and data plans. The iPhone revolution has been very good to AT & T. Sprint has the Pre. Verizon the Blackberry line up. Tmobile the G1 / G2. Each with higher priced monthly plans. Might as well get the best deal possible when it comes to buying the phone. Like your cell company really needs another $ 600 of your dollars.
Do your research and you'll discover that savvy shoppers are online. Browsing auctions for 4 minutes can save you upwards of $ 400. When you find a deal you like, dig a little deer and check your sellers feedback. Do they sell phones frequently? Lots of positive feedback? Decent shipping cost? If everything checks out throw out a bid and be aggressive! If someone outbids you, try to outbid them right back. You can scare off eBay vultures that throw out a low bid on everything hoping to win, but rarely fight (bid) back.
By Carl Shake