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I continue to hear how everyone thinks the iPhone is way too expensive. But really it's not. People get these free or $50 phone when they sign their contract and are stuck in the mindset that all phones cost that much. Here's a screen shot of some phones from Rogers which have the save capabilities (or less) as the iPhone and don't come anywhere near the storage capacity. $500-700 with a 2yr contract. The iPhone seems to be the right price. Just saying.
 

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To be fair, many of the complaints about price are coming from the U.S., where the cost for most devices is considerably lower than it is in Canada, for whatever reason.

For example, the Rogers Blackberry 8800 is $499 CAD, with a three-year contract (the prices you've pasted in above are obviously renewal rates on your own plan, which will depend on a number of other factors, but it's $499 for a new activation).

By contrast, the AT&T Blackberry 8800 is $299 USD, with a two-year contract -- a different that wasn't justified even at last year's exchange rates, much less now.

So in the U.S., the iPhone price tag seems huge by comparison. Up here, if they were to actually sell it for the same comparable price, it wouldn't be so bad.

Of course, this assumes that Rogers doesn't mark it up further to match the rest of their pricing.... :)
 

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By contrast, the AT&T Blackberry 8800 is $299 USD, with a two-year contract -- a different that wasn't justified even at last year's exchange rates, much less now.

So in the U.S., the iPhone price tag seems huge by comparison. Up here, if they were to actually sell it for the same comparable price, it wouldn't be so bad.

Of course, this assumes that Rogers doesn't mark it up further to match the rest of their pricing.... :)
Ah ok that makes much more sense. I had thought the pricing would have been similar. So what, maybe the Nokia N95 will compete with it in price? XX) ;)

I'd expect Rogers to charge out the ass for it. It's kinda what they do best beejacon :lmao:
 

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Actually, that's not entirely true. AT&T and Apple agreed upon the price as part of their negotiations.

However, assuming that AT&T is not subsidizing the iPhone in any way (and current indications are that they're not, since they had to pay for the network upgrades), then this is less likely to be an issue.

In the case of other phones, the reason for the price difference is the amount that the carrier is willing to subsidize. Carriers don't mark phones up, but rather they mark them down by subsidizing them. With the Blackberry, RIM sells the device to the carriers for the same basic price, with only some slight variations based on volume. AT&T is selling it for a lower price as they're presumably willing to put a larger subsidy on it than Rogers is.
 
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