Posts tagged with: subsidy
  • by | March 10, 2014 12:46 PM

    The past year or so has seen some changes descend upon the wireless industry in the United States. Not a lot of change, mind you, but more than we've seen in a long while, and much of its brunt has focused on rethinking the way smartphone sales are so intimately tied to wireless service, often by way of subsidy and contractual obligation. T-Mobile's been at the head of this movement, but other carriers have shown varying degrees of interest in copying TMo's actions, specifically when they let users upgrade their phones more frequently – problem is, such plans haven't always been to the ...

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  • by | December 14, 2012 12:06 PM

    T-Mobile USA recently announced a plan to get rid of handset subsidies. On the surface this sounds like a great idea, but before we get into the pros and cons, we need to understand how "subsidies" and "standards" really work. Standards Rule! The GSM standard allows you to put a SIM into your phone, and as long as it's activated by its carrier, you're online. Globally, that's how it works. In America, not only do we have phones that support limited bands (and may not work across all carriers), we even have two different standards for voice: GSM and CDMA. In an ideal scenario, phones would ...

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