Samsung’s latest phone is now available for pre-order. The device will ship to eager android fans on March 16th, 2018.
Availability seems abundant, unlike the iPhone X (ten) at initial launch from Apple; as all the major carriers are showing open slots for eager buyers. But something strange lurks within the pricing of the device throughout every major US carrier. The latest cutting edge phone from Samsung is more expensive through US carriers. Especially strange since said carriers usually add their usual bloatware onto the device.
AT&T locker? T-Mobile Account Services? Verizon Cloud Services? Did anyone ask for these apps to be installed, let alone be unremovable and only disabled? Hushed into the locker of disabled apps that still take up space on your phone’s storage?
Something that Apple users have no clue about when Android users complain about it?
Again, carriers reluctantly carry Apple iPhones because the market demands so. If they could, they would shove every carrier specific app on iPhones cause they want it there; not only to lock users in the respected carrier’s servces, but because they want to lock users to their own respective carriers till the end of eternity.
Does any woken user past the birth year of 1990 even use the carrier apps anyway?
Already, from the fresh install of a Samsung Galaxy S device ; the user is prompted to use Google’s own suite of apps and cloud saving services before reaching the home screen. Why are carrier apps even there?
From a consumer standpoint, to get the latest Samsung Galaxy phone unlocked (to be used on any carrier) cheaper than getting a bloatware filled major carrier version of it on Samsung’s own website (with their own monthly pricing which is cheaper than the carriers) adds even further insult to injury.
Carrier pricing on the Samsung Galaxy S9 is ridiculous.
Buying the Samsung Galaxy S9 outright (with no long-term contract) on any major US carrier requires the consumer to spend at least an extra $30 depending on their carrier of choice. The bill can go as high as $70 extra to buy the phone outright without a payment plan on a major carrier. Fortunately, buying the phone directly from Samsung offers the buyer the very best pricing available.
Aside from buy-one-get-one free deals (that is surely to come); for the bleeding edge consumer trying to get the latest from Android, the carriers offer nothing.
Google Pixel line, or bust. Or simply wait for the inevitable buy one get one free offers from said carriers to lock the user in a two year contract.
With subsidized pricing on phones gone the way of the dinosaurs, early adopters would be better served with Samsung’s pricing. All others should wait until the inevitable BOGO (buy one get one) free deals from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint.