I think pricing it higher than the competition will hurt them.
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Agreed. It probably won't matter for retaining customers, but attempting to get new customers it will hurt. Which is kind of questionable. This is like the closest they have ever come to being near the head of the pack and they are still shooting them self in the foot.
And I also checked the source of the pages and carlyemiii (hopefully I got the right number of i's there ) is right.
I'm still indifferent if I will buy it. I definitely want the phone, but this will be the first smartphone I'll have had to pay for. Touch Pro 2 and Desire were both free after rebates so $250 is a hefty price for me.
No one has really mentioned it yet, but the best part of this phone is that multiple carriers are getting basically the same configuration... that means it should have A LOT of support from the ROM writing crews, just like the Touch Pro 2 had.
Yeah, a little disappointing to see it higher than the other 4. I wonder if that will be the standard price or the introductory price and then it goes up. I also wonder if it will be included in any back to school or Black Friday sales. Maybe a 2 for $199 deal or something? The other thing will be if that pricing is for all customers or just new activations. The GSII is $30 more expensive for existing customers.
Although don't get me wrong uscc's has benifits others done have like if you wanna get the GS4 next year you could pay a fee of around $90 (I've done it before, its due to their way lower ETF) and upgrade after only one year, that's half or more the price of what VZ would charge. so in that situation you save. Though the problem is the average consumer probably wont think that way.
I'm sure theirs a reason for the higher price (likely due to their GS 3 needing a quad band LTE chip while everyone else has Dual Band) and they likely pay more to Samsung per phone because they don't buy in as large of quantities as a VZ or ATT... still its unfortunate and while they might not have much of a choice it probably will harm them. Still, great improvement on the early release. If I remember right Sprint released the original GS 1 2-3 weeks before Verizon so comparing that to this release its basically an identical release as if they were a big provider. Huge props to USCC on this one.