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Posted: 12/15/2005 5:56:37 AM EDT
Like to think I'm reasonable. My phone was free (as advertised) when it was upgraded from the last phone that took a dump. The wifes phone actually costed $50 bucks or so since it was higher on the ladder. But as of recent the charger cable have started acting up and a car charger cost around $30 bucks from the carrier; and then a home (AC) charger is around another $30 bucks . My friggen jumper cables didn't cost that much? Since we both have phones this could effectively cost around $120 bucks for the both of us. Anyone see the logic here or am I officially a cheapskate?
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 5:58:21 AM EDT
There is very high margin on those. I work at XXXXXXXX and they are $35ish for a normal consumer and with my discount of 5% Above cost discount they are $2.80
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 5:58:35 AM EDT
Typically phones can be a loss for the company. Its the monthly payment they survive. Not phone sales. They need to make that money up by selling add-ons...which are very high markup
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 5:59:03 AM EDT
The answer to both of your questions is yes.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 6:02:41 AM EDT
Buy after-market cords they are much cheaper.

When I last upgraded mine, my agent gave me a car charger cord off of the shelf for free
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 6:05:24 AM EDT
check out ebay,paid $10 for mine vs 30 from the store.
Link Posted: 12/15/2005 7:15:22 AM EDT
Because you are paying for the phone with higher plan rates. Do you really think your phone is free or nearly so? Even a crappy phone would be like $200 if you paid it's actual price. The providers subsidise the price of the phone and make up their loss on the plan. Accessories aren't subsidised like that.
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