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Gerbil In Training
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Re: Your Android phone is spying on you.

Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:49 pm

where is my full price phone+contract option where I don't pay practically the same for service as someone who got a subsidized phone? That's what's missing in particular. I'm able to pay full price for a phone, I don't need a few hundred dollars off at the start, but it's blindingly obvious that the 'subsidy' is not a value at all when you are talking about a few thousand dollar lifetime contract price.
Gerbil First Class
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Re: Your Android phone is spying on you.

Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:15 pm

Here in the U.S., at least, Tmobile has plans where you pay less for a non-subsidized plan. 2 lines of unlimited talk/text/2GB 3G/4G with unlimited 2G data is only $100/month, so $50 per line for what is essentially unlimited everything, with my data getting throttled after the first 2GB, which I never pass anyways. The catch was I had to pay full price for our phones.

The subsizdized plan is $140/month, so i save $960 over the two years. My phones cost me $400(x2) instead of the $100(x2) they would have cost with that plan, so I spent an extra $600 up front to save $360 over two years. So I basically saved $15/month.

Furthermore, Tmobile lets you pay that off in interest free installments of $15/month after the $100 down, so its kinda subsidized anyways, with me simply paying a total of $130/month before taxes/fees instead of $140. Ill have 3 months of it only being $100/month before contract renewel time.
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Re: Your Android phone is spying on you.

Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:40 pm

I would gather the large majority of all people would be so un-important for any of this to matter.

also, who's going to do the monitoring of millions/billions of phone conversations/texts/images? Some super-computer in DC with mega-grep tech for a list of "keywords"? lol

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