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Why are the carrier off contract prices so different?

thomasanderson

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Nov 6, 2009
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Im trying to decide if I want to buy the Note 4 off contract, so I looked online and saw that it was $699 at Verizon. I figured cool, Ill get one from At&t on release day. I looked online at At&t and the phone is $825 bucks! I then looked at Sprint, $720 and T-mobile $750. WTH! Can anyone help me understand the huge difference in pricing?
 
I just chatted with the ATT rep and I mentioned the same as the OP. She said the stores will price match if you bring in a printed ad. Now, trying to find an ad is one thing. But It's crazy. $700 seems reasonable. Sadly I'm a little quirky and it will bother me beyond ends if I don't get this phone for $700 at ATT knowing others have paid less.
 
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The carriers who lock their phone to the network /are cdma (sprint/Verizon ) can sell the device cheaper because they know you have to use their service.

ATT and t-mobiles devices can be used in other carriers so they have an incentive to make money from the phone purchase because you may not stay.

Look into the compatibility of the T-Mobile note 4 on ATT network. It *should* work, but I don't use them so double check
 
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The carriers who lock their phone to the network /are cdma (sprint/Verizon ) can sell the device cheaper because they know you have to use their service.

ATT and t-mobiles devices can be used in other carriers so they have an incentive to make money from the phone purchase because you may not stay.

Look into the compatibility of the T-Mobile note 4 on ATT network. It *should* work, but I don't use them so double check
Verizon devices are UNLOCKED Global CDMA/HSPA+ and Verizon LTE devices.

So you're wrong. They're factory unlocked. So they're actually worth more than the AT&T and T-Mobile devices on the open market to anyone with a clue.
 
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