What is the deal with the carrier restrictions?
Can anyone provide confirmation that this is the case? And if so, why is it that Microsoft and Nokia who are struggling to get traction in the marketplace would deliberately cripple themselves by not allowing the flagship phone to be available on all carriers, or easily purchased subsidy free?
That being said, up here in Canada our Lumia 920 is reportedly working with all bands enabled and is unlocked so if you got one from here, you could easily take it to T-Mobile
It is such a pervasive issue in the US market, really the entire system is just broken. I used to work for a telco and have seen how bad it is from the inside. I just wonder what it is going to take for this kind of thing to go away.
Also you should double check to make sure what WPCentral was reporting is verified by someone else. They are usually pretty reputable, but regardless I would hate it if my advice was wrong. :)
i dont like it either but i wouldnt sell a phone for $450 just so that people could use it on another carrier...
international unlocked price is $726 minimum... so unless t-mobile gets the phone you either have to switch or fork up some cash
There's so much more money in the US that the carriers can get away with the mindless games and making people jump through hoops. In other countries, maybe people will simply not pay the bill. In the US we would rather pay 19% interest on our credit card bill than risk missing a phone call. Culture plays a part, and we care less about debt than others.
Please tell me what percent of American's vs foreigners use a pay as you go plan? A much lower % from my experience.
Everyone I know who is not US born is on a pay as you go. Most Americans who can afford it go with the contracts. Getting our phones subsidized is how we justify the contract and thus the carriers can dictate which phones they want to offer. We also always prefer a new one so even if we can't get the phone we want, we think that a new one is still better than the previous phone we had, right?