1. dadathepanda's Avatar
    so I was looking at the non-contract prices for different phones on Sprint.com and I am perplexed at the prices these people charge. iPhone 64G is $850, the 9930 is $500. What are these people smoking when deciding pricing for these devices? I paid $375 for a 40' Samsung LED HDTV (on sale, regular $700). I mean, you can't possibly expect the consumer to believe that a 40" TV and an iPhone cost about as much to make, ship and market, do you? Or maybe us, the consumers are morons for the most part. Even at $400 w/ 2 year agreement, the iPhone 64G is ridiculously priced.
    12-08-11 10:34 AM
  2. Fubaz's Avatar
    12-08-11 10:43 AM
  3. Spencerdl's Avatar
    +1 I totally agree with you. The prices on ALL cell phones are ridiculous. I would estimate about a 200% mark up from what it actually cost to make. The cell phone manufactures and carriers are extremely over priced, but we like our TOYS, so we will keep paying these ridiculous prices.
    12-08-11 10:47 AM
  4. marcony's Avatar
    i got mine for 625$, and they are selling where i live from 600 - 780$ the bold 9900.

    When i got my HTC Hero,back in pre-bb ages, i got it for 450$ while here it was on 1200$ price tag

    Iphone 4gs is around 1000$ now, and yes people do buy them :P
    12-08-11 11:01 AM
  5. Chrisy's Avatar
    I think it's outrageous too. I'm refusing to pay more than $100 for any phone nowadays.
    12-08-11 11:04 AM
  6. howarmat's Avatar
    its always been that way. Most people outside the US commonly spend that money too as they do not buy into contracts like canada and the US
    12-08-11 11:05 AM
  7. moiselles's Avatar
    As long as I can get it "cheaply" on contract, I'm happy. My next iPhone will probably be a 32GB versus a 16GB.

    Sent from my iPhone4S using Tapatalk
    12-08-11 11:17 AM
  8. robsteve's Avatar
    I think it has gotten better. My first cell phone was $3,000 in the 1980's. It was a Motorola phone the size of a brick. A few years later the Motorola Startac Flip Phone came out and it was $5,000. At that time, a 27" tv was about $800.
    12-08-11 11:33 AM
  9. sx4dude2013's Avatar
    I don't mind paying a nice price for something I used everysingle day of my life to connect with people!
    12-08-11 12:03 PM
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  11. drjerry#AC's Avatar
    A smartphone is a device you have with you 24/7...I agree. It is like a watch on your wrist...never leave home without it.
    However, $850 for an iphone 4s is a bit much. The minute you buy it...it is already obsolete! When the iphone 5 comes out next summer...what are you going to do...spend another $850?? I'm sure there are plenty who would...ME not being one of them.
    12-08-11 12:17 PM
  12. howarmat's Avatar
    you can probably sell the iphone 4s you buy this year for 70-80% of the price you pay now. Meaning you only have to spend 100-150 for a new iphone next year. Lots of people do this, all off contract too
    12-08-11 01:03 PM
  13. palomartian's Avatar
    My kid puts a lot of cash in his pocket every time he upgrades his iPhone.
    12-08-11 01:18 PM
  14. mssca's Avatar
    As long as people are willing to pay, companies going to keep 200% mark ups and the profits will ONLY pass down to top officials like useless CEOs and board members, not the average workers.

    This is why extreme capitalism is no better than extreme socialism. Too bad dumb Canadians and Americans fear socialism, but blind to our own problems in capitalism. There is no American Dream anymore....

    Even in universities they teach us, "if you can kill your parents for a profit, do it". A professor from Business Ethics class non majors.
    Last edited by mss-ca; 12-08-11 at 01:20 PM.
    12-08-11 01:18 PM
  15. CatElVal's Avatar
    I got my 9900 for $169, because I had a hardware upgrade just itching to get used. I had a Pearl 8130 for almost 5 years before this one!
    12-08-11 01:20 PM