1. scottf0624's Avatar
    At&t charges 825, Verizon charges 699, Sprint ~720, and Tmobile ~750...WTF?
    10-30-2014 06:12 PM
  2. Almeuit's Avatar
    No one knows really.
    10-30-2014 06:12 PM
  3. trucksmoveamerica#AC's Avatar
    What is amazing is Verizon is the cheapest. Someone at Verizon is getting fired. :-)
    scottf0624 and gdhampton7 like this.
    10-30-2014 07:30 PM
  4. Andy847's Avatar
    I left AT&T to go back to Verizon, because of this. I'm not too happy with Verizon right now. I tried to talk to AT&T and they offer no good reason to me why they are the most expensive, except they are extortionists! Not a single explanation that made any sense to me. I got better signal strength with them and just found out my data in one week is more on Verizon, than it has ever been in one month on any other smartphone, even with AT&T. So wanting to leave Verizon. No way I'm going to pay $900 for a phone with tax on AT&T, that's ridiculous. So am stuck with Verizon for now. Plus Verizon is cheaper for the monthly plan. Have to wait it out and see what happens next month.
    10-30-2014 11:45 PM
  5. bokehsan's Avatar
    At&t charges 825, Verizon charges 699, Sprint ~720, and Tmobile ~750...WTF?
    because they can, more profit for them
    10-30-2014 11:48 PM
  6. Punker1234's Avatar
    because they can, more profit for them
    Just FYI, I've been a customer of ATT for about 15 years. I made this same complaint and after quite a bit of talking, I got a $125 credit to my account.
    10-30-2014 11:49 PM
  7. Phillip Pugh's Avatar
    Just FYI, I've been a customer of ATT for about 15 years. I made this same complaint and after quite a bit of talking, I got a $125 credit to my account.
    Hey I've been with att for more then 20 years they've always took care of me so no way would I jump to big red for a $100! Difference .But I to did wonder why the higher price .if you make enough noise they will take it off your bill

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    10-31-2014 12:14 AM
  8. lostsoul2's Avatar
    10-31-2014 01:24 AM
  9. scottf0624's Avatar
    I called 5 different times spoke to several different people then I called Verizon and I got a great answer to the same question...

    The rep at Verizon told me, "Our upper management have priced the device to be very competitive to capture new clients and retain our current clients." At&t should note that somewhere in their playbook.

    The pricing of the phones didn't use to be a very big deal, since they subsidized the heck out of it, but now they expect us to pay full price the retail price has become more important.
    10-31-2014 07:35 PM
  10. PraetorianGuard14's Avatar
    Under the table deal with Samsung.
    10-31-2014 08:35 PM
  11. nugj's Avatar
    There are two layers to the discussion.
    1) What are the carriers really after and
    2) What are they willing to do to get what they want

    Recurring revenue is the real way to make money in the wireless or any telecom business. Hardware is for the most part a means to that end. Does not matter whether the hardware is infrastructure or the device in your hand...the hardware decisions carriers make are all intended to bring them more recurring revenue....the holy grail of telecom.

    Traditionally, VzW has been more aggressive in the commitments they are willing to make with suppliers with regard to device volume. AT&T is usually not as aggressive. I would not be at all surprised to find that VzW had committed to more volume over time with Sammy than AT&T has committed. Verizon is probably taking a shorter margin on the N4 than AT&T is as well. But I am inclined to think cost is a factor. It does not take much of a dif on the cost end to spool that up to a couple of hundred in difference at the price end.

    We might be able to tell a little about how aggressive VzW has been here in the number of promo programs they run over time vs competitors. If they have made a substantial commitment to Sammy in volume they will work hard to keep those things flowing through the pipeline.
    10-31-2014 09:06 PM

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