Sup I feel like ranting about this so hear me out. It all started when I visited my buddy working in a store that sold cell phones. There were 3 choices: 1 which was absolute crap for 0$, one which was actually quite sick for about 40$, and one in between, all on a 3 year contract. He told me most customers go for the free one. But this makes no sense in my mind: the plans are (let's say) 35$/month on the low end with tax. So over 3 years you are paying 1260$ for just the contract. Adding another 40$ to that to get a half decent phone is adding an extra 3% to the total price. Now 3% definitely isn't much. It's like with the iPhone, too. Sure, the iPhone price is 200$, and some other competitors might be 150$ instead. But when you're paying 75$ per month for 3 years, you're shelling out 2700$ during that time period. A 50$ difference between an iPhone and a competitor, let's say, is less than 2% of a difference, and can make all the difference between getting a pile of crap phone instead of a good one. What do you all think?