Until the carrier sees the smartphone's IMEI and starts cramming a data plan onto your monthly bill, as we discussed yesterday.
In my case, I have 2GB data as part of my prepaid service, and it's still cheaper than postpaid Verizon voice-only service.
I had service with Verizon for quite a while. In the last two areas I've lived, they have the best coverage. About a year ago I switched to one of the prepaid services, and although the coverage wasn't as good, the far lower monthly cost made up for it in my reckoning.
A few months ago, I made the switch to one of the GSM prepaid providers, and I'm totally blown away by how convenient it is to have my plan tied to a SIM card rather than a phone. Broken phone? No problem, stick the SIM in an old iPhone 3GS borrowed from a co-worker. The same deal when I upgraded to a Nexus 4, just pop in the SIM card and go.
I can certainly see why this caught on in the rest of the world, and I can see why American cell providers like Verizon and Sprint are against it - I'm sure they make a good bit of money from selling you phones. In my case, I'll never go back to the "old way," regardless of how cheap Verizon might get.
Pretty much this. I received my preordered Nexus 7 on Tuesday and found it no more difficult to open than my original Asus Transformer tablet. The top and bottom of the box fit together very snugly, as in I could feel the low air pressure inside making the box more difficult to open, but didn't provide and particular challenge. Perhaps people should try poking an air hole in their box if they are really having that much trouble.
I had supper with my brother Tuesday night, and he asked me if I'd had any trouble opening the Nexus 7 box; he'd apparently seen the videos referenced in TFA. I showed him the box and he wasn't sure how anyone had trouble opening it either.
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