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Verizon drops most smartphones to $99

updated 03:45 pm EDT, Mon August 3, 2009

Verizon cuts phones to $99

Carrier Verizon Wireless has dropped the price of virtually all of its smartphones to $99, observers note. Amounts are contingent on a two-year contract, but represent a major reduction in some circumstances, for instance lowering the cost of an HTC Touch Pro by $320. Only two phones remain above the $99 level: RIM's BlackBerry Tour and the Samsung Saga.

The cuts are likely in advance of a wave of new phone additions, such as the Touch Pro2. They may also be a reaction to Apple's popular iPhone 3G, carried by AT&T, which was also lowered in cost to $99 at the same time as Apple announced the iPhone 3GS. Until this June, no factory-new iPhone was any less than $199.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008

    +2

    Amazing...

    if this cellphone price cost-cutting has been brought about by the iPhone. The iPhone has only been around for a few years and is quickly changing the cellphone industry. And yet tech pundits continue to say that the iPhone is nothing special and probably not as good as many other cellphones. I guess the carriers were overcharging for contract cellphones all those past years.

  1. climacs

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    Joined: Sep 2001

    0

    it took apple

    to make a cellphone which doesn't suck.

    for all their popularity a few years ago, I've never truly liked a single Motorola phone that I've owned. Hard to use the menus, lousy ergonomics, useless browser, etc.

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

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    Joined: Jul 2009

    +2

    game over for apple

    Did ANYBODY read Microsoft's PR about Windows Phone 7?

    It's OVER for everybody else in the Mobile Phone business.

    They really mean it this time.

  1. climacs

    Junior Member

    Joined: Sep 2001

    +2

    re:game over


    They really mean it this time.


    And I totally believe it. Would Ballmer ever mislead me?

    (I bet it's going to be an IPHONE KILLER!)

  1. fritzw1957

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    Gotta agree with climacs.

    MOTO phones suck(ed) -- look what they did with the initial iTunes-ready phones. Never really adopted by the public and Apple went back to the drawing board.

    I remember watching the intro videos for these devices and thinking who would EVER buy these? Limited capacity, hard to navigate around on, etc. Just plain SucKed!

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