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Not a Whole Lot of Variety in Smartphone Pricing

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PC World took a quick look at the total cost of ownership of popular smartphones paired with unlimited service plans. The verdict? They all cost about $3,800 when it’s all said and done. Some critics call this price fixing, but Verizon calls it competitive pricing.

The biggest-selling smartphones on the market, however, bear strikingly similar two-year cost-of-ownership figures. The iPhone 3GS, the BlackBerry Curve from both AT&T and Verizon, the BlackBerry Storm and BlackBerry Tour from Verizon, and the Nokia E71 from AT&T each cost between $150 and $160 per month to own. While the costs of the devices themselves vary, the unlimited voice, messaging, and wireless broadband rates for the six AT&T and Verizon smartphones in our study are exactly the same.

Read more about it at PC World

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Xavier Lanier is the publisher of Gotta Be Mobile and a photographer. He uses too many devices to count, but his current favorites are the iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nikon D800 and Sony RX 100M II. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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