1. gameson's Avatar
    Before it make sense since you are paying $200 for the phone and contract for two years, but now all US carriers removed that, so why are you still buying US carrier phone (and not the international version)?

    Carrier phone is the worst, plenty of bloatware and most important thing, is LOCKED. you are paying full price and yet, you have to BEG carrier to unlock it. Yes, now the process is easier but STILL, you have to put a request.

    International version is unlocked straight out of the box, you don't need to request it.
    08-19-2015 05:53 AM
  2. Carlo Villa's Avatar
    I guess most of us don't know that, and are used to just buying it from ie. Verizon

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    09-13-2015 08:51 AM
  3. Farish's Avatar
    Before it make sense since you are paying $200 for the phone and contract for two years, but now all US carriers removed that, so why are you still buying US carrier phone (and not the international version)?

    Carrier phone is the worst, plenty of bloatware and most important thing, is LOCKED. you are paying full price and yet, you have to BEG carrier to unlock it. Yes, now the process is easier but STILL, you have to put a request.

    International version is unlocked straight out of the box, you don't need to request it.
    Carriers charge you zero percent interest. Its easier to swallow a 600 dollar payment over 24 months by doing so. The phones sold by carriers are unlocked after they are paid off and they are required to do so by U.S. law. Most people do not have the cash flow to pay 600 dollars up front and unless you have a promotion on your credit card, the interest charges hurt.
    09-14-2015 09:15 PM
  4. lifeisablog's Avatar
    I always buy unlocked phones. I use the Blu studio phones. Right now I have the Blu 7.0 Version 2 and I love it. I never will buy a locked phone. Let's see... 800 bucks for a name brand phone and locked to a carrier or 130 which I paid for line on eBay, unlocked for GSM and international and it's faster than my note 4 was.

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    10-09-2015 05:41 PM
  5. Bodeanicus's Avatar
    It's a common misconception that you paid $200 for a phone on contract. No. That $200 was a down payment on a 2 year loan for that phone. The remaining balance is split up into 20 or more monthly payments. That's why there is an early termination "fee." You're paying off the rest of the balance of the cost of the phone.
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    10-12-2015 08:49 PM
  6. srkmagnus's Avatar
    Consumers are still buying from carriers because they really don't know what their options are and what the actual costs of the phone will be over the course of the agreement. Paying $200 upfront seems like a good buy especially since the consumer may not plan on going anywhere else within those two (2) years; however, the actual costs of the phone will be a lot more than buying off-contract. Aside from the early termination mentioned above, most carriers tack on an additional fee to the service plan for not bringing your own device.

    If you are a consumer reading Android Central then you are more likely to know what your options are and what really makes sense from a financial standpoint.
    10-14-2015 11:08 AM
  7. yarddawg's Avatar
    I do it because Verizon is covering the cost of the phone AND paying me $5.00 every month for my phone and another $5.00 every month for my wife's phone. (Both LG G4's) Right now, I am loving this new edge plan from Verizon!
    10-16-2015 05:36 PM

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