With the huge push Rogers is having for Android right now, they've never made their launch of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Xperia Arc a secret. They did however, keep the launch date under wraps for a while but that has since been confirmed as being April 29. The only other thing left to figure out was the pricing of each device and now, we have that as well thanks to some leaked internal documents. Confirmed pricing:
- 3-year promo: $99.99 ($45 monthly voice and data plan)
- 2-year contract: $449.99
- 1-year contract: $499.99
- No-contract: $549.99
Yes, Canada has 3-year contracts and yes, they are dreadful and should most certainly go away but that's not going to happen. So, with that out of the way -- $99 for either the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play or Arc is a reasonable price all around, we suppose. [Mobile Syrup]
Damn might as well buy it outright
That's the idea, to force consumers to either buy the phone upfront or into a contract for the next century for a "cheaper" phone price. Unfortunately most consumers are too short sighted to realize that paying a large lump sump up front results in a net savings over the course of the contract.
Is there different pricing for on-contract and off-contract customers? I thought it was the same for both. I'm not sure how you would save money by buying the phone outright. The only way I can think of is to get a plan without data, or something. Is that what you're referring to?
Usually there are off contract or reduced price contracts when you bring in your own hardware. Not as well known, but lots of carriers have no contract/prepaid options. For instance: T-Mobile even more plus Check the first set of plans, the "even more PLUS." Although to be fair, even TM is phasing them out and now they are only available in store, IF you ask about them.
>"Yes, Canada has 3-year contracts and yes, they are dreadful and should most certainly go away" *ALL* phone service contracts *EVERYWHERE* are dreadful and should go away.
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