I don't understand what this article is trying to convey. It costs Verizon more to sell an iPhone and an Android? The 32GB iPhone and Galaxy Nexus are the same price. And, if Verizon has to subsidize the iPhone more than others, isn't that a bad thing for consumers? Verizon has to make up that money somehow which means higher monthly service prices. Wouldn't you rather pay a little more up front to save on your month service for the next 2 years (if that was an option, obviously)? Not everyone wants an iPhonelet them choose what they want. Some people like the clean cut iPhone, others like the hard edge Android. It's a matter of choicepresent the options and let consumers choose. It's as if convincing people to buy iPhone's is for the greater good of society. Seems that websites like this keep the Android vs. iPhone saga goingreminds me of Nintendo vs. Sega. Ah, the good ol' days. When we didn't have to worry about smartphones.
(Sent from my Mac so don't chew me out for being some Android hugger).
If you read carefully, you''ll note that a) there isn't a Verizon Galaxy Nexus of any capacity for less than $299, and b) the full price of the Galaxy Nexus is the same as the 16GB iPhone 4S. So no, the subsidies aren't the same. They are $100 different.
The service plans aren't different. The only difference is that when Verizon sells an iPhone, that $100 goes to Apple. When it sells an Android phone, it keeps the $100. In part, that's because its more hassle to support Android phones. Verizon has to roll out its own updates and so on.