Google's $649 Galaxy S4: Raw Deal?
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Andrew Hornback
Andrew Hornback,
User Rank: Apprentice
5/20/2013 | 2:53:38 AM
re: Google's $649 Galaxy S4: Raw Deal?
If I'm paying $650 for a device... it had better come with a warp drive or at least "cop suspension, cop shocks and run good on regular gas"

How much does it actually cost Samsung to make one of these devices? Is part of the price padding due to the fact that Apple can get away with these numbers or that Samsung needs to make a good deal of cash to pay the tab from the lawsuits with Apple?

The big question that I've got though - when is Google going to start selling hardware produced by the former Motorola? Something, somewhere doesn't make sense to me in that they're pushing Samsung devices...

Andrew Hornback
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5/19/2013 | 1:58:47 AM
re: Google's $649 Galaxy S4: Raw Deal?
$650 is a low-end bargain model for a full-priced (non-subsidized) S4.

The most expensive S4 is the unlocked DUOS (dual-SIM) version (Model: GT-I9502) that is intended for the high-end Chinese and similar markets.

The Chinese vendor will send it to you via DHL for a mere $1150.

They will also load it with a custom ROM that re-instates all of the Google services that are normally blocked in the Chinese market, revert everything to English by default (or whatever language you prefer) and load whatever apps you want if you don't care to do it yourself.

Or you could just take the "easy way out" and get a "mortgage" on your S4 from a US telecom. You'll pay thousands in the end, and hey, they'll even lock it down so you can't use it as it was intended to be used.

That $650 is looking cheaper by the minute.

User Rank: Strategist
5/18/2013 | 6:00:31 PM
re: Google's $649 Galaxy S4: Raw Deal?
As I understand it I can keep my unlimited data plan from Verizon if I don't buy a subsidized phone from them. I assume this will count for that. Can anyone with knowledge confirm?

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