Google I/O Part 1: $9.99/Month Streaming Music, Unlocked Galaxy S4

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aarcane

I like the S4 idea, but will existing S4 preorders be able to "upgrade" their purchased devici? I'd hope so!

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Zabu

Here in Canada, GS4 cost $200 with 3 years contract, and $700 (same price in the US)if you rather have it contract free (but locked to the carrier).
So unless Google have stated that the phone will not be offered with a subsidized contract price from carriers, no idea what you guys are complaining about, as the phone is apparently $50 cheaper.

Wish we had only 2 years contract like you guys :/

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ZX9RDan89

Im guessing the S4 will end up being just as easy to unlock as the S3, once someone figures it out. I think the appeal here is for people who want "pure" Android rather than TouchWiz, which I have grown fond of.

What makes me consider buying it is the quick updates. It just takes too damn long for Samsung to release new updates for their phones. I should know, I have once since the first Galaxy S, and then Bell take their sweet time releasing their version of it.

Them quick updates are mighty tempting!

My opinion doesn't matter.

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Engelsstaub

Almost every good smartphone costs over 600 USD. Some of you guys below don't realize that you too have paid just as much by virtue of subsidization via a marked-up contract.

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MaximumMike

What you say is true. Unfortunately, you cannot get an unsubsidized contract from most carriers. So, until the carriers quit being complete douchebags to their customers, we have little choice in the matter.

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Sirius

If you are paying for the phone out right, there's no need for the contract in the first place. You can walk into any T-Mobile, Verizon or AT&T and pay full price for the phone and get signed up for service if that's what you want. At least I've never had problems doing so nor has my boss or my father or others I've known that didn't want to get tied into a contract.

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MaximumMike

It doesn't matter if you have a contract or not. Your monthly fee as a non-contract having post-paid subscriber who paid full price for his device is exactly the same as a contract having post-paid subscriber whose monthly price supposedly covers the subsidy. The point is that the subsidy price for service is the only one offered by most carriers, irregardless if you have a subsidized device or not.

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tony2tonez

I am disappointed in the phone area. I was looking forward to the first Google/Motorola phone, some confirmations. But now it seems like it will be longer before anything is confirmed.

Those complaining about the price of the S4 realize this. There is no contract. Meaning you can take your phone to T-Mobile and ATT and pay monthly. Or get a sim card from Net10 or straight talk and pay a single monthly fee. But those two I mentioned use T-Mobile networks. ATT supposedly does not sell sim cards anymore.

A huge plus is you don't get all the bloatware that comes a carrier GS4, which I heard many people were pissed at. A unlocked bootloader mean you can load alot of different roms from the community. Carrier GS4 bootloaders are locked. The big plus is that you get off-shoot nexus device that will seem to get the support of google updates like nexus. Another plus which i didnt see is that this GS4 should have a microsd slot something Google nexus models don't have and probably will never because they want you to use Google drive.

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Mikey109105

The crows was so happy about the price tag of the unlocked S4, that not a single sound was made! Yeah, guess that's not going to sell a single copy, lol.

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someuid

A music service at $9.99 seems over priced. Netflix streaming is $7.99 and streaming video takes a lot more bandwidth than streaming music. Why such a price difference? I would expect, at a minimum, that streaming music would cost the same or less than streaming video.

$649 for a phone....they're smoking crack. I can see why they got silence from the crowd.

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tom_m

Other than original content like House of Cards, keep in mind that Netflix doesn't have access to new movies and seasons of TV. They have to wait until it's reached the DVD/Blu-ray stage. And there's a lot of splintering in the streaming video market. Several major studios no longer provide any content to Netflix, as they have exclusive deals with the competition. Or they're striking out on their own. With streaming music at the $10 tier, you get access to all the music from the major labels, as soon as it's available.

Hulu would be a better comparison, but they make you sit through commercials (and Hulu has gaps in its library like Netflix does). Subscriptions to services like Spotify, Pandora and Google Music are ad-free.

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Gauntylgrym

I admit that I'm curious to see how a truly stock Android experience stacks up against Samsung's Touchwiz, which I've honestly enjoyed quite a bit on my previous GS2 and now GN2.

But dat price! Screw that. Phones are NOT $600 pieces of equipment.

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nsvander

Considering its already been disclosed its only costs a little over $200 to make the phone that's a lot of extra cash!

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Sirius

200 bucks in parts doesn't mean it only costs 200 bucks to make. There's R&D, there's royalties to pay, there's sales and marketing costs, there's production costs etc. ad nauseum. And that's before they tack on the margin for Samsung and the margin to the Google Play store. It all adds up.

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nsvander

I dont think the margins equal $400! I realize they need to recoup R&D, but a $450 markup is a little extreme.

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Sirius

Again, if you'd read my comment, it's not just research and development. The parts of the phone cost 237 dollars roughly. That's just the parts. You still have to pay people to put it together, pay for machines on the production line, pay for the factory that holds all of those, so on and so forth. You are only looking at the cost of the parts. Then there's paying for the research and development, then there's paying for marketing, then there's royalties to be paid. Samsung is probably squeezing maybe $150 profit per unit. Maybe more, maybe less. Usually the margin is less than 20% per unit.

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TheMissingPiece

I was so excited about Google selling an unlocked GS4 with stock Android until I saw the price... Cant't win them all, I guess. Well, I liked the Nexus 4's aesthetics more anyways.

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