"With a two-year contract, Best Buy will sell you the device for a Benjamin ($100). Off contract, the handset carries an MSRP of $60."
Let me get this straight. Best Buy charges an EXTRA $40 for subsidized phone?
That'd be neat if the off contract price was that cheap. Unfortunately, it's actually $600 (sans contract).
Yeah; $40 for BB with a subsidized unit, not that it is really excessive, but the fact that people know is one of the reasons there slowly loosing market sector. From what I hear the biggest retailers BB included are starting to match web prices, Walmart/Target as well where Fry's and Microcenter have for a little while now (Fry's has for the longest amount of time). The web only same day or relatively soon (within 24-48 hours) delivery scheme seems to be the best to me for all of them. I know it is the only way that electronics will stay large in the retail (B&M) market anymore will be with a major update to the way business is done in that sector to say the least.
Either way I will add that I used a Windows phone last edition not 8 but 7.whatever and so did Sarah. It did not support wifi which is a must as I get signal from no carrier (Yes Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have all be used on location) at my address completely, although I get partial through Verizon and T-Mobile wifi is free with T-Mobile and therefore my choice. Windows phone was way easier for Sarah to use off the bat although she now and has since then used Android. I can promise you if the WIFI calling issue would have not existed we would have kept that unit. The OS and operation was very intuitive and stress free.
Overall though my impressions of Windows 8 are poor we will just have to see where there all inclusive bid goes though. Windows 8, Windows phone8, and the cloud office as well as usability may change the market at large!
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