LTE devices to get substantially cheaper by the end of next year
0. phoneArena 02 Sep 2011, 07:58 posted on
Prices of LTE-enabled gear is set to drop drastically once mass production of LTE chips begins. As a result, LTE devices should be substantially cheaper by the second half of 2012...
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1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4268; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
This is true with any technology. When technology is NEW, it's always more expensive. When the mass production techniques get ironed out & become more cost effective then the price drops. So this LTE news follows the same trend seen in technology for the last 20 years or so. Good news because now LTE can start coming out on phones that are not necessarily high-end. Maybe sometime after the second quarter of 2012 you may start to see mid-range phones come out with LTE. So the person who can’t afford the top of the line phone can STILL experience LTE 4G! Good news for all! :-)
2. BooMarioKart (unregistered)
lte might actually slow down quite a bit when all when all these dual core lte device start selling. there's been reports of Verizon lte in some areas slowing down to 4mps down.
3. unknown mojo (unregistered)
oh so that's why the 16gb iphone costs $650 retail vs the 32 gb samsung charge at $550... oh wait, you mean LTE devices cost more to make and with double the memory they are still cheaper by $100 than an iphone? rip off of the century. apple sell iphones to carriers for some $200 more than comparable 3G smartphones and $100 more than LTE devices with double the memory. And now you know why Apple has so much cash, duh....
4. joe45 (unregistered)
I paid $220 for mine..from a friend who owns their own tmo/vzw store..thats with taxes