Carrier O2 actually charging £1250 for XS Max

drpellypo

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Nov 19, 2007
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Just noticed my upgrade paperwork states the handset cost is £1250, not £1099. Has this always been the case, that they spread the cost of the device over x amount of years interest free, but actually charge more for the handset than Apple do buying it outright?
 

anubis1980

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Oct 22, 2012
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Just noticed my upgrade paperwork states the handset cost is £1250, not £1099. Has this always been the case, that they spread the cost of the device over x amount of years interest free, but actually charge more for the handset than Apple do buying it outright?
I’m sure some places charge “tax” on it. Some places don’t. That’s why i buy on an interest free credit card from apple and then pay it back over two years , cheaper that way and you can sell up and upgrade whenever you want just need to sell the old phone.
 

balaplus

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Oct 23, 2017
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Just noticed my upgrade paperwork states the handset cost is £1250, not £1099. Has this always been the case, that they spread the cost of the device over x amount of years interest free, but actually charge more for the handset than Apple do buying it outright?
Of course O2 always charges extra for the device for the convenience of monthly payments
 

flipshot

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Jul 30, 2007
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Hertfordshire, UK
Have they always done this? I legitimately never noticed in the past and I've had 6 iPhones from them!
They have always done it but the prices vary depending on the upfront and monthly payment amounts. You could sometimes get pretty much the Apple price with a higher upfront amount.
 

craigio85

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Jun 27, 2017
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Maybe it’s the first time you’ve seen the actual cost of the device explicitly stated but it’s certainly not new that you overpay for the phone itself on an all-in contract.

You only need to compare how much you could get the same price plan for as a SIM only then multiply the difference by the number of months to see how much you’re actually paying for the device.
 

drpellypo

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Original poster
Nov 19, 2007
535
22
Northumberland, UK
Maybe it’s the first time you’ve seen the actual cost of the device explicitly stated but it’s certainly not new that you overpay for the phone itself on an all-in contract.

You only need to compare how much you could get the same price plan for as a SIM only then multiply the difference by the number of months to see how much you’re actually paying for the device.
Bah I haven’t got time for that. Haha. Just clicked upgrade. Job done.
 
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