Originally Posted by tompe
They fight top get customer and lock them in. So it is cheaper when you become locked in. Why should it be cheaper when there is no lockin?
Lock-in of the customer can not be achieved without selling him a locked-in phone. However inexpensive are the phones that service provider can get, they are not
So, plans with "0$ phones", tabs, purchase plans, discounts... it all amounts to this: service provider can get away with requirement for "sim only" customer to pay a premium, so that plans with locked-in devices are offered at par or cheaper. If they were pushed by the competition, that desire to force lock-in on customers would go away. Better a customer that is not locked in than no customer at all.