Difficulty buying a phone without MTS Internet

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How come it is so difficult to buy a cel phone without MTS Internet? The prices are outrageous
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ARKAY1_SID

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Posted 1 year ago

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CoryB, Champion

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Prices of the devices are set by the manufacturers not MTS. Normal billing on a 24 month contract with voice and data (Internet) recovers about $20 towards the device every month, similar to the discount you received up front.

If you do not want to pay for Internet every month you can pay the full cost of the device upfront and then use it on a voice-only plan.

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I agree with ARKAY1_SID
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You can thank 2 year contracts for this. The outright purchase price of a smartphone is fairly high, and has been trending upwards. Coupled with 1 less year for the provider to recoup the cost....you end up with either a higher monthly plan price, a higher up front price for the phone...or a combination of the 2.
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Lawrence B. Erdile

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I bought an unlocked Android phone for less than $100.00. I could have activated it with any provider.
When you own the phone, your cost from Bell, MTS or whomever is for the services you choose. Much less than you think. I Was even able to Root this phone and add 32 GB of extra ram.
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It's the device costs. People want lots of storage for pictures, music, movie, etc they want it to play handheld games almost as good as a console, they want it to be an amazing camera, they want a screen almost as big as early tablets. Those features all cost money. If you wanted a simple flip phone that can text and make voice calls with a tiny display you can still get them and guess what the costs are cheap. It has very little to do with two year or three year contract. Contract length in the States hasn't changed and the cost of the devices is going up there too. You pay for all those features.
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Clifford Lewis, Champion

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Add in the value of the Canadian Dollar when the devices were purchased from the manufacture as well as that has some impact on the final retail price.