Nexus 4 Demand Through the Roof, Ebay Imposes Sale Ceiling for Non-Authorized Sellers

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petrol42

As consumers, we should embrace the unsubsidized mobile phone market and move away from the subsidized model that dominates the American landscape.

Unsubsidized phones force the manufacturers to compete with each other on performance AND price where the current model has no incentive for a National Carrier to price a phone at a reasonable price. Take T-Mobile for instance. They are selling a subsidized 16GB Nexus 4 at $199 on a 2 year contract which you would need to get and an unsubsidized 16GB Nexus 4 at $499. In this rare instance do we get to see what the mark-up is on a device from a National Carrier.

It would be nuts to get this phone on a subsidized plan. You would save $20/month on an Unlimited minutes/text and 2GB of data plan on T-Mobile's pay as you go vs. T-Mobile's Classic Unlimited Bundle. The pay as you go plan is the same exact plan as their subsidized plan. Also, you don't get charged any tax so if you buy a $60 pre-paid card, it's only $60. Their subsidized plan would be $79.99 + the various taxes which would probably equal closer to $90 for the $79.99 plan.

If we as consumers drop the subsidized shenanigans that National Carriers play, we would have more choices and better pricing available to us. We would be able to buy a Samsung Galaxy S3 at around $350 instead of the $550-$650 that this phone is typically priced at or we would be able to get an iPhone at $450-$550 instead of the $800 that this phone typically retails for.

Also, I like owning a few phones because I could take a phone with me that suits me for the day. It's like owning multiple sunglasses or shoes.

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DR_JDUBZ

Wifi>any bullshit cellphone dataplan. I buy my phones used and unlocked- I pay 20$ a month for my dell streak and I get unlimited bandwidth! how? WIFI MOTHERFUCKER! :P

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GoldenMonkey

I don't even understand how Google would sell at this price. It's not like they're trying to get more people to join Android when the communities already huge. Just up the price so you can actually meet demand while most likely making a lot more money from it.

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Scatter

Seems like bullshit to me that eBay is trying to control the market for these devices. If a person has 100 of these to sell then why shouldn't they be allowed to list all 100?

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SEALBoy

It's to discourage people from buying that many in the first place, because it means that many other people don't get their device and instead have to pay an exorbitant mark-up to a middle man.

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Scatter

And that's eBay's job? Are they stepping in to control other markets where they feel that prices may get too high?

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DR_JDUBZ

good to know an american company operates in a communistic manner.

DONT REGULATE, APPRECIATE :P

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Dantv

People are crazy using Andriod, the spyware OS!
I don't want Google snooping on me. They couldn't pay me to use the Nexus 4!

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pastorbob

Look Ma! It's an Apple Fanboy! They DO exist!!!

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kixofmyg0t

Then why are you here? You DO know that Maximum PC has agreement with Google so they can search your hard drive See the Google admob ads here? Yeah you're too late.

Run Bro. Delete your Facebook throw out this computer and lawyer up. Google is coming for your panty collection.

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steven4570

Well then I'd sell your electronics and stay off the internet with that "tin-foil hat" attitude.

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kixofmyg0t

Shhhhhhhh! Don't let it know about its tin foil hat!

I got this one Bro!

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DR_JDUBZ

android sucks, as NOTHING will replace a desktop OS that can ACTUALLY PLAYBACK MY MOTHERFUCKING FLAC FILES, but IOS sucks more

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Cregan89

Android can play FLAC. And it runs on devices that fit in your pocket. Have fun taking a jog with your notebook strapped to your back.

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