It was just a year ago, in the good old U.S.A., when a smartphone’s cost was oh so low, though now that’s gone away.
Seriously though, all the poetics aside, if you’ve been keeping track of current trends in the telecommunications industry, you might have noticed, in particular, a specific paradigm that domestic carriers have been gravitating towards for months now.
You see, it used to be that you could walk into a service provider of any kind — say, for instance, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, or T-Mobile — and pick up the latest iPhone for a fraction of the device’s actual retail cost.
Nowadays, however, you’ll find that when you walk into the same retailer, they’re pitching this new, “month-to-month” wireless solution, under the terms of which no contract has to be signed, however the phone costs the full retail price — which, in the case of the least expensive iPhone, is historically around $650+tax.
To lighten the burden of the jacked-up cost, however, almost all domestic carriers are now offering a 24-month, 0% interest financing option on the bigger majority of internet accessible equipment. In other words, instead of having to shell out hundreds of dollars at the time of purchase, a small percentage of your chosen handset’s value can be paid along with each carrier bill, ultimately totaling the full MSRP of the device after 24-months have elapsed.
This new-aged “month-to-month” plan is in sharp contrast to the traditional subsidized model we’ve grown so accustomed to in the states, however it has been a popular model across the pond since the advent of free enterprise in the telecommunications industry. And, believe it or not, it actually pans out to the customer’s benefit in the end. On one side of the coin, for instance, there’s no more shelling out $200 or $300 or more for a new iPhone on the spot; and, on the other, wireless plans and data charges have become significantly cheaper in light of the new equipment-pricing model.
We’ll get into all the statistics and specifics and other goodness a bit more as we move along here, but in the interim, if you just so happen to be in the market for a new iPhone, then today might be your lucky day!
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And so, that about wraps it up. It’s clear that each carrier, though unique in their own way, provides a relatively comprehensive and competitive wireless solution.
Prices vary, within a certain range, of course, but what I think it all boils down to is what works best for you, personally, in your specific, geographical area. Not all carriers cover all regions, though networks often overlap in densely populated, larger cities and their smaller suburbs.
Also take into account that you’ll never be signing a contract again, whichever way you decide to go, but you will be liable for the entire unpaid portion of your next iPhone, no matter what.
So, with that sentiment in mind, perhaps the best option at this point is to settle down for a while, with a carrier that works for you and your family, and just ride those big old 4G LTE waves as they keep on coming.