10 Worst Tech Rip-Offs and How to Avoid Them
Buying a Phone Through Your Carrier
Psst, look over here. I’ve got a great deal on a phone. Sure I charge $100 to $200 more than my competitors for the same product and service, but you’d rather line my pockets than theirs, because you’re so used to getting ripped off by me that you can’t imagine anyone else would treat you better.
That’s the message coming from the major wireless carriers as they repeatedly charge hundreds of dollars more for handsets then Amazon and Wirefly. For example, Verizon charges $199.99 for the HTC Droid DNA while Amazon asks $49.99 for the same phone, with both operating on the same Verizon network under the same Verizon plans. Sprint charges $299 for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, which Amazon sells the Sprint version of for just $99. Even if you’re an existing customer of a carrier, you can still use a third party site like Amazon for your upgrades
Solution: Before you buy a new phone, shop around at reputable phone etailers such as Amazon and Wirefly.