Nearly every major US mobile carrier, with the exception of AT&T, have finally wizened up and dropped the antiquated two-year contract. And with the move toward more unlocked devices on the market, the fog is clearing and the future of mobile devices is starting to gain a bit more clarity.
The whole debacle of carrier contracts has been the dirty little secret surrounding the industry for a very long time. Consumers were getting gouged by data pricing and, even more so, the cost of devices. The exorbitant markup of smartphones was getting out of hand. When a $200.00 dollar device would run the consumer $700.00 to $900.00, the consumers were being fleeced. And no matter how the carriers spun the deal, consumers always wound up paying the price.
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