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 Obviously someone needs a little work in the finer points of being facetious.  I'm saying nothing more than I've been playing this game longer than you have.      It was a joke.  Just, wow.    Could you show me where I predicted doom for Apple Pay?  You got all that from "haven't found a merchant that accepts it yet," which was my original post in its entirety.  Obviously, you took that to mean that I wasn't aware of anyone who accepts it, and decided to post something...
 I'm literally laughing out loud right now.  Think about what you're arguing.  You're telling me that industry executives have not talked about consumers (on the whole) being addicted to the subsidy-contract model.  Seriously?  I want you to think about what that means, and what it doesn't mean.  I am not saying it can't change or isn't changing.  I am not saying that companies are failing to sell installment plans.  I am not saying the future lies in subsidies.  I am...
Dude, I'm not doing a research paper for you. The statements I'm talking about were well publicized. The companies want to end the contract model because it will be more profitable for them if they change to installments. Duh. They are businesses...that's how that works. Asking me for references. Jesus Christ.
They aren't my assertions. Corporate executives themselves have said this. Consumers are addicted to it because that's been the model for a long time, even pre-smartphone.
 I find it amazing that good liberals like tonton still refuse to acknowledge that our overall high tax burden (and corrupt, byzantine tax mechanism) are major impediments to economic growth.   They still are obsessed with the idea that the "rich" don't pay their fair share, and that they need to pay more to help out the little guy.  The math doesn't work and history shows their spending programs often hurt rather than help, but they're still at it.  
 OK, I agree with that. Good point.   How many people?  Because while I know people who keep their phones longer than their term requires, the thing that seems to impede their upgrade is the upfront cost of several hundred dollars.  I've never (and I mean never in this case) met someone who sits down and calculates the total cost to own and uses it as the decision point for whether or not to upgrade when eligible.      Took me a moment to understand what you meant there....
"Apple's long-awaited and much-lauded redesign of its iconic iPhone may have set new records, but its newer models do not appear to have gained any advantage over Samsung's flagship smartphones when it comes to user satisfaction," the report reads. " Meaningless report. Utterly meaningless. It's some convoluted 'satisfaction' number that has no effect other than giving geeks ammunition with which to argue. Tell me, folks that run the American Consumer Satisfaction...
 Not that much higher.  About the same, actually.    I disagree with that judgment entirely.  People always want to upgrade as fast as possible, which is the entire hook of the Next campaign to begin with.  We also tend to look at our month to month expenses rather than total expense when the numbers are fairly close.  In 18 months, you can get a new phone and not pay a dime more than you're paying at the moment.     That's true, I suppose.  AT&T's fee is $325 minus $10 a...
 And I'm not sure why you're being an ass about it.  Nothing is "tripping me up."   We're simply referring to different plans.  There are plans advertised as 12, 18 and 24 months.  I'm saying that one has to add 6 months to the plan in order for it to be paid off.     Full Term=6 months longer than the plan name.  That's where discrepancy is.    Yes, but if you are not paid off, it makes a difference.     I'm aware.  But you are not like most consumers.  People who sign up...
 I appreciate the vast amount of knowledge and experience posting here you must have, especially considering your join date of 2014. However, please rest assured that you are in good hands here.  Some of us have been members since before our listed registration date (January 2000 in my case), and are quite adept at dealing with condescension and snark.   I said that I had yet to encounter a vendor who accepts Apple Pay.  This is true, even in the Philly suburbs and exurbs...
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