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1/27/2016 | 1:01:35 PM
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Broadway , much good luck to you in your search . The process to buy a smartphone today is beyond complex . I consider myself a savvy shopper and someone understands true cost of ownership . Once you pull back the layers of the onion the fees add-ons , and mysterious pricing of the phone itself is enough to make anyone run from their local phone store screaming . Not only are the phones priced out of most people's budgets but the monthly fees with data additions are incredible . Trying to get a phone with a monthly fee less then hundred dollars is a challenge . Eventually we are going to reach a saturation point on the smartphone market , the enhancements to the next new model are minimal . Phone manufactures are going to need to find a way to drive purchases of their phones that have little to no extra value added features . I suspect the tide will turn but not before the pain is intense for consumers .
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1/26/2016 | 9:58:13 AM
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Part of the issue with locking smartphone purchases is all of the nonsense that the wireless carriers use to market their services . The process of selecting a wireless plan and/or phone is so complex that it makes the entire purchase worse than car shopping. The new trend of making users buy their phones for almost the price of the laptop is ridiculous . The leasing plan isn't much better . These all add to the complexity of the purchase and scare away consumers . What upgrades were available with the contract commitment the process was easier . Now there are so many flavors of lease versus buy and variable contract pricing it makes the entire value proposition convoluted .


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