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Are fones 2 xpensive ?
« on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 18:39:11 »
Ifone's pushing $1500 now.  and other brands are sticking to $1000.

That's a full gaming PC price.

Even split payment on a cellphone plan, it's a bit pricey for what's essentially email..



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Re: Are fones 2 xpensive ?
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 18:49:51 »
I try and keep it under $350

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Re: Are fones 2 xpensive ?
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 19:03:55 »
Overpriced and over-hyped. It is what describe Apple's marketing style. Besides, each phone's carbon and water footprints are huge. So, buying an economical phone only when it needs replacement help your wallet and the planet.

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Re: Are fones 2 xpensive ?
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 19:06:35 »
There's only one phone I'd consider buying at the moment, the f(x)tec pro 1.  If they succeed in getting it to run mainline Linux it will be perfect but Sailfish will do until then.
                               
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Re: Are fones 2 xpensive ?
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 19:16:09 »
If you plan on having it for as long as a PC then the price ain't too bad. I bought my Note8 for $900 and plan on having it for at least five years. I maintain it regularly and honestly can say it performs pretty much as I remember it from out of the box.

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Re: Are fones 2 xpensive ?
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 11 September 2019, 23:40:26 »
Mine was $0 with the cheapest contract they had available xD .

Not an iphone though, obviously :p .
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Re: Are fones 2 xpensive ?
« Reply #6 on: Thu, 12 September 2019, 00:35:29 »
short answer: ye

long answer: yes

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Re: Are fones 2 xpensive ?
« Reply #7 on: Thu, 12 September 2019, 03:55:18 »
Mine was $0 with the cheapest contract they had available xD .

Not an iphone though, obviously :p .

Tp4 is all for tech,  but $1000 email machine is really high..

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Re: Are fones 2 xpensive ?
« Reply #8 on: Thu, 12 September 2019, 07:38:56 »
I think it is ridiculous. Production of this crap doesn't even cost half of it.
I remember my first smart phone Galaxy S2 - it was more expensive than other phones, but not that high and back in a days it was a top-tech stuff.
I think all iSh**t products are too expensive and crappy anyway...
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Re: Are fones 2 xpensive ?
« Reply #9 on: Thu, 12 September 2019, 16:42:06 »
Ifone's pushing $1500 now.  and other brands are sticking to $1000.

That's a full gaming PC price.

Even split payment on a cellphone plan, it's a bit pricey for what's essentially email..


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Re: Are fones 2 xpensive ?
« Reply #10 on: Fri, 13 September 2019, 00:25:50 »
You guys forgot about folding phones which are hitting $2k.

Too expensive? Both yes and no.
Lower end phones, which are good enough, are SUPER cheap and you can often pick up a brand new phone for nothing or close to it, worst case, ask around, most households have at least one stashed in a drawer since most members of a family have one as they are almost disposable at this point (which is insane in itself). On the used market you can get an S8 brand new (still in the box) for $300 and it's barely any different than an S9, which can be had for under $400. More importantly though, most apps run just fine on 5 and 6 year old phones, sure, new features are good, but has any of the new features really changed how you use the phone enough to justify the price? I could easily go back to a Galaxy S5 and be pretty much okay for all that I use my phone for.

On the other hand, top of the line new is just getting stupid and carrier subsidies are at least partly to blame. If everyone paid full price I guarantee you 99% of Iphone owners would be rocking the freebie Android phones and manufacturers would be scaling things back, the average person can't drop $1000 every 2 ears on a new phone. The other reason phones have gone up in price is that in their quest to offer you something newer and better and get that sale is that there's just simply not enough new features to set them apart (hence the S8 and S9 being so similar) and those that do adds significantly more cost. The other reason they are getting stupid expensive is stupid people willing to sell their souls for it. Stop buying this stuff and they will stop pushing it. You do not need the latest and greatest, top of the line just to take pictures of your food for Instagram, you do not need 4k resolution, and you certainly do not need an S10 or iphone just to do Gmail.

"But my phone is slow".
They can throttle due to a weak battery and they also get bogged down by garbage. When was the last time you did a reboot or better yet, a reset? Android in particular likes to be reset every now and then and Iphones throttle based on battery as well as OS bloat. Android may be good with memory management but it's not perfect, also many models are designed with a short lifespan to make sure you buy another in 2 years. Apple lost a TON of sales once they started their cheap battery replacement program which sped up a lot of slow phones, it was so significant that it was mentioned in their quarterly report because profits dropped so much.  Also, NEVER, EVER buy the smallest storage capacity Iphone, the OS grows due to security patches (those are updates for Android users, you know, those things you rarely get), while good, they can leave you lacking space. Apple knows this is an issue, but continue to offer those models specifically as a way to hook you and then push you to buying another, larger one where they markup the storage costs and you don't get that sweet, sweet subsidy or carrier discount. There is a bonus though, larger storage models always command a premium second hand.
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Re: Are fones 2 xpensive ?
« Reply #11 on: Fri, 13 September 2019, 00:28:50 »
I have a flip phone. When the hinge broke last year, I just bought the same phone on eBay for $20 and put my old phone's circuit board in it (prob could've just switched the SIM card, but didn't want to lose texts). Cheap and easy.

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Re: Are fones 2 xpensive ?
« Reply #12 on: Fri, 13 September 2019, 00:51:41 »
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Re: Are fones 2 xpensive ?
« Reply #13 on: Sat, 14 September 2019, 17:26:03 »
not that expensive considering how much i use it
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Re: Are fones 2 xpensive ?
« Reply #14 on: Sun, 15 September 2019, 06:07:22 »
Not when your phone plan conveniently expires around the time that they put the older model on offer with no handset repayments as the new one is out.

Been doing this for like 3 phone plans now and I do actually monitor what is avaliabe throughout the year.

I think this contract I will just keep current phone as it is in perfectly fine condition, switch to prepaid until it physically is no more.

Personally I would never outright pay for a phone or pay extra for the honour of the latest release.

Oh wait are they bringing out that new razr? I would probably buy that.

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Re: Are fones 2 xpensive ?
« Reply #15 on: Sun, 15 September 2019, 07:52:56 »
My personal answer: F**K YES, people have lost their minds to be not just willing, but excited to spend $1,500 on a phone that will be outdated in less than a year! Even worse there is a group within that group that seriously upgrades with every new release!?

My common sense answer: Yeah they are getting crazy expensive, but as long as their are enough people willing to buy a new one every release at that price or higher can you blame Apple, Samsung, etc.?

My caveat: Yes I do think someone is out of their f**king mind if they grab the newest iPhone or Galaxy upon release every time. Although TP needs to remember he is asking a group of people who pay asborant amounts for chunks of worked plastics, metals, & acrylics. So I guess we all got our own vices. The only thing that would truly make you a complete bleeding idiot is if you are buying whatever overpriced item while not having the money to really afford it.