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  Reply # 539951 1-Nov-2011 15:13
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codyc1515:Yes, the subsidies were reduced (thats what I meant to say). Who makes the subsidies? Vodafone. Was the price of the iPhone in NZ changed by Apple? No (not publicly). In this case I would make the inference that it is Vodafone that has decreased the subsidy and in turn increased the cost of getting an iPhone on-contract.


iPhone subsudies were in some cases significantly higher than any other handset. 

Do you want a cheaper up front cost and monthy plan costs that are higher than other VF users may pay (so the subsidy cost can be recovered), or a subsidy and plan price that is the same as other VF users may pay?


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  Reply # 543321 9-Nov-2011 20:58
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sbiddle:
codyc1515:Yes, the subsidies were reduced (thats what I meant to say). Who makes the subsidies? Vodafone. Was the price of the iPhone in NZ changed by Apple? No (not publicly). In this case I would make the inference that it is Vodafone that has decreased the subsidy and in turn increased the cost of getting an iPhone on-contract.


iPhone subsudies were in some cases significantly higher than any other handset. 

Do you want a cheaper up front cost and monthy plan costs that are higher than other VF users may pay (so the subsidy cost can be recovered), or a subsidy and plan price that is the same as other VF users may pay?


I think that ideally the plans and subsidies should be equal, regardless of phones cost/brand. example: $45 plan = $100 subsidy not $45 plan for iPhone = $400 subsidy. It should be $100 or $400 for all phones.

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