- Baseband - $28.49
- Display - $19.67
- Camera - $12.13
- RF Power Amp - $9.84
- All the other parts - $73.76
Of course, this is assuming that you know the relevant suppliers for bulk purchasing and have a good hand at soldering. Is it worth the work, or does the idea of a brand spanking new unit direct from the stock room of a T-Mobile store tickle your fancy?
source: iSuppli and Android Guys
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posted on Oct 20, 2010, 1:42 AM 0
Well when you factor in the cost of the labor to put it together, shipping, costs of designing the phone and HTC's R&D, plus no doubt the licensing stuff and paying their lawyers to get it approved by the FCC, it's gonna run them a little more than $144 to get the phone in your hand. Do you expect zero markup on any other product you buy, they are a for profit company, they're out to make money. It probably costs them at least $250 when you factor in all the costs if not more, would't you expect at least a 50% markup on that for the contract-free price?
posted on Nov 15, 2008, 9:19 AM 0
There is a mark up on everything. Not just phones and other electronics. I buy expensive bags, designer bags that cost 10 or more X what a bag without the designer label would cost, but I expect there is going to be a huge markup. I suspect all phones could be put together for next to nothing, but you're right, a company has to market their device, license it and FCC approval all cost money as well. After that, the company does need to make a profit, or they would not be in business. If people wait long enough....providing they are more patient than I am...they can wait for the product to go on sale when a new, improved version comes out (or at the end of season, if we are talking about other types of products, such as clothing and accessories...just added them in as an example). If you want the newest phone out there, you are going to pay the price it sells for. If I had to put a phone together, I think it would look like a 3rd grader art project...lol.
posted on Nov 15, 2008, 10:03 AM 0
1 screen $19.67, 1 baseband $28.49, 1 camera $12.13, 1 RF power amp $9.84, All other parts $73.76. knowing that you still own a piece of crap. Priceless. For everything else theres Visa.... go buy yourself a Storm.
posted on Nov 15, 2008, 11:03 AM 0
Why is everyone so hyped on the Storm??? IT'S STILL A BLACKBERRY!!!! Locked in to bad applications that you don't even own. You just rent them every month. I would go with WinMo even though it has issues. At least with a WinMo phone you can get tons of free software.
posted on Nov 15, 2008, 8:53 PM 0
lol some ppl are used to blackberries so thats what they just always get. ive always owned a vzw dumbphone (gay voyager) and i want to see if the storm is worth all its hype. have i mentioned vzw has more 3g coverage than tmo has voice coverage haha lol.
posted on Nov 15, 2008, 11:18 PM 0
I have a Storm and work for VZW and I can admit that this is an awesome device. Touchscreen seems to be waaaay better than the IPhone. IPhone is a neat concept but all in all I am liking the Storm more. Not because I work for Verizon. Just works better for ME.
posted on Nov 16, 2008, 3:33 PM 0
Baseband - $28.49 Display - $19.67 Camera - $12.13 RF Power Amp - $9.84 All the other parts - $73.76 A Computer Science Degree needed to know how to use these materials - Priceless and yet expensive
posted on Nov 15, 2008, 11:46 AM 0
I am holding the storm at this moment and can tell you the touchscreen is AWESOME! You actually push the screen in, it is pretty cool, and very accurate. The phone is kind of slow, but the reason it was pushed back for release is because of the accelerometer and there is a software release coming monday to fix that. All the storms will have the new software.
posted on Nov 15, 2008, 6:22 PM 0
ppl are either gonna love the push in touchscreen or hate it......Ive played with the storm and I didnt care 4 it. did i also mention that bb didnt really revamp the ui for touchscreen operation, if u dont like blackberries u wont like this phone
posted on Nov 16, 2008, 3:39 PM 0
So much negativity! Who cares who's a "fan boy" or not. If there was a place to express your likeness of a carrier or phone wouldn't this be the perfect place to do it? There's alot of AT&T fan boys too ya know! Ever think that maybe Verizon is really a good carrier? Besides, I wouldn't go to a ball game and talk about tractors or computers or video games...I'd probably talk about the team I like. This is a phone website, let phone fans vent a little.
posted on Nov 20, 2008, 7:34 AM 0
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