Ahmed Eltawil's Blog

Smartphone Over-Pricing Madness

Posted on: June 23, 2008

Planning on getting a phone just for making and receiving phone calls? Then you’re looking at a price range of $50 to $150. But if you are looking for a smartphone or a phone slash PDA then you’re looking at a price range of $500 to $1000. Of course I am only talking about unlocked phones without a contract. 

It’s kind of hard for me to pay more than $600 for something as small and fragile as a cell phone. And the prices don’t seem to be going down as fast as they should be. I mean, almost every month you hear about a new smartphone being released or announced by some major manufacturer with all the high end features you can think of yet the previous last year models still don’t seem to be affected at all price wise.

As cell phone manufacturers are trying their best to keep up with today’s latest mobile technology and consumer demands, they still don’t play it fair when it comes to pricing. In order for a fair and steady competition to happen we need those smartphones to be fairly priced and more affordable (and I am specially looking at you HTC).

Think about the HTC Touch Diamond for instance. The device has features already available in a lot of other phones available in the market today and it’s priced at a whopping $700! To me, that’s ridiculous considering you will be squinting at a 2.8″ screen. I mean, I would totally have no problem with that price if it had a large 3.5″ screen.

Anyway, I am hoping the crazy smartphone over pricing madness would eventually come to an end or else I would have to go back on carrying multiple devices.


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