Well, it’s about time.

Dwight Silverman, yesterday:

T-Mobile dropping handset subsidies and picking up the iPhone

I am sure that T-Mobile’s customers are quite happy with this development, as T-Mobile was the only one of the four major U.S. carriers that did not carry the iPhone. I have said before that the only reason I didn’t have an iPhone was that my provider didn’t offer it. (You probably guessed I was with T-Mobile, didn’t you? Well, you’d be right. After all, you can even get the iPhone from smaller carriers like Cricket and Virgin Mobile.) And as I’ve also said, I do like my Android phone, but I would like to get an iPhone at some point, especially considering that I have a Mac. We’ll see how it goes.

I did find this bit, shall we say, enlightening:

Your out-of-pocket cost for a phone (without subsidies — ed.) would go way up. For example, the list price for a Samsung Galaxy S III is $900, while Amazon.com sells it for under $600. An unlocked 16-gigabyte iPhone 5 sells for $649.

Wow, $900. Hell, even a 64GB iPhone maxes out at $850 and it has roughly the same specs that the Galaxy does. Of course there are other smartphones that cost a good bit less — my own HTC Sensation 4G goes for about the same price as the iPhone, if I remember correctly — but if I was going to pay $900 for a phone, I’d just go ahead and get the iPhone and be done with it.



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