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phone prices more expensive than Samsung?

  • 25 September 2021
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What is Koodo doing with their phone prices? For example the S21 is priced at over $1300. Even on a Tab it’s over $1100. You can buy it directly from Samsung for less. Why would anyone buy it from Koodo to be locked in a plan for 2 years. They used to have half price phones that made it worthwhile. Now you’re locked into a crap overpriced plan for 2 years with no phone discount.

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Best answer by Dennis 25 September 2021, 15:54

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I assume you mean the S21 5G since it's the only one just over $1300.  From what I can see you can get it for $338 with the tab plus, which includes a $210 tab bonus. 

All the tab amounts includes a $210 tab bonus which is the new term for a phone discount 

 

 

 

 

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But overall the phone is more expensive than Samsung directly and locks you into a plan.

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Yes… yes it does. But it's not the price that locks you in. It's the “tab bonus”that you also have to pay back that locks you in. If you can afford to buy direct, and intend to buy more often than every 2 years, or have a good chance of changing carriers, then buy direct. Otherwise take advantage of whatever sales that you can

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But overall the phone is more expensive than Samsung directly and locks you into a plan.

Yes. All wireless providers (including Telus, Bell, Rogers, Virgin, and Fido) have slightly inflated retail prices. Usually koodo is on par is slight cheaper than these providers. I would doobike check on their websites. 

Note that you are not locked in. You can pay off your tab, cancel, switch plans, at any time. 

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Carriers genrally don't make money off the purchase of phones, they make it off the plan you get with it.

This means that that if someone were to buy a phone directly from a carrier with no plan, the carrier wouldn't make any money off it, that's why they inflate it, so they can make some money.

The S21 went on sale for $25/month earlier this year. That's only $600 if you put it on a contract. Yes the total price is inflated, but this is one of the many reasons why someone would buy a phone monthly from a carrier.

 

If you're just buying the phone outright or when it's not on sale, then yea, it's likely better to get it directly from the manufacturer.

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