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New Smartphone Prices and Features

No Price Is Too High For the Right Smartphone

What kind of factors do you consider when buying a new smartphone? Is it style, apps, or price by chance? According to a recent survey performed by the Silicon Alley Insider, most smartphone shoppers are more interested in platform and features than price. In fact, price is the least important factor in making a decision on a new device.

Other results show (in order of importance) app selection, carrier, and easy data migration rank higher on the list than price. Thanks to fierce competition, smartphone prices have been falling so they're more affordable for the masses, but how much is too much to spend on a phone? These days, smartphones act as our lifeline to friends, family, and our online profiles — what does your smartphone budget look like?

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Kristy-Ellington Kristy-Ellington 5 years
I don't remember if it was unsubsidized either, but I do remember the price being way higher. I think the lower sales (as compared to now) is definitely because of that, but over 6 million sold is nothing to scoff at for sure!
bethinabox bethinabox 5 years
I spent $250 on my phone--HTC Thunderbolt. Before that, I dropped $200 on an iPhone 4. I'm not that squeamish about price, especially when you're getting as much out of a device as I do with the Thunderbolt. Then again, I SELL phones, so I'm always seeing the latest and greatest and have to have it... Haha.
anonymoushippopotamus anonymoushippopotamus 5 years
I have never had a smartphone nor do I think I will ever buy one on my own accord. I agree with spacekatgal's point that "normal" people don't need one. They're far too expensive plus I don't know that I would ever use all of the functionality. I don't like to be connected to everyone I know at all times of the day.
Kristy-Ellington Kristy-Ellington 5 years
I hear you on the subsidies. If people had to pay full price, I doubt smartphones would be as popular as they are today. I gotta challenge you on the iPhone point, though — as far as I remember, every generation of the iPhone has been a best seller. There were 6.1 million originals sold!
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