Originally Posted by trumptman
I paid $450 but that proves my point. Your less expensive and be honest inferior hardware (We aren't talking a Torch or Bold here) needs to pay more for less on service. That is where the money is made up.
I paid $80 for my BB. And it absolutely does have slower hardware, old OS, and fewer apps than the iPhone 4S.
I'm paying the same dollar amount for my plan that you are for yours, yes. But here is the reality: my phone still has features that yours is perfectly capable of having, yet doesn't - at least not by default.
The iPhone still doesn't have the level of customization BBs do for notifications, security, and other features. I didn't realize how much I'd love the "Phone Calls Only" sounds setting until I had a BB.
And ever heard of BlackBerry Bridge? Paired with my BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, I get tremendous value from my phone. I can manage my phone's contacts, emails, texts, calendar, and tasks via my PlayBook. I can surf the web on my PlayBook over my inferior phone's data connection - no "hotspot" or "tethering" features needed. I can control my PlayBook from my phone via Bluetooth, which is great for presentations or hooking the tablet up to an HDTV and watching YouTube or Amazon Prime (the PB runs Flash beautifully).
And frankly, I type much faster on a physical keyboard than a touch screen.
Many people like the iPhone's features and are willing to pay more for them.
Some people get an iPhone for the sake of appearance or prestige because it's popular, even if they don't really like it. A co-worker of mine constantly complains about his iPhone. I keep suggesting he get a different phone, but he refuses.
I've witnessed this same phenomenon with politics and government. Our nation has been steadily deteriorating over my three short decades of lifetime. Sure, there have been periods of relative prosperity, but averaged over time there has been a marked decline in the value of the dollar, steady inflation, erosion of civil liberties, and increase in military actions around the world. This has occurred regardless of which political party controls the White House or has a majority in Congress.
People see this decline and complain about it, yet they keep doing what they've done for decades: vote for the "lesser of two evils". They keep rationalizing that at least their guy isn't as bad as the other guy.
Yet when a small, tireless minority stands up and points out "you know...voting for the 'lesser of two evils' is still voting for evil. It's obviously not working, let's try something different." ("why don't you get a different phone?"), they are ignored ("yeah, whatever"), mocked ("pfft, you want me to get a crappy BlackBerry like you, cheapskate?"), marginalized ("what do you know about phones, anyway?"), etc.
Yet the complaints continue, and people scratch their heads wondering why things are the way they are...or just blame it on anyone but themselves.
You want to address how we are going to wake up half a nation of Truman's when we can't get them to elect a third party dog catcher yet?
Simple. Get the media to give equal attention to third party candidates. People don't support third party candidates because they are systematically ignored, demonized, marginalized, etc. by the establishment media - which most people still get their information from.
To quote a line from The Truman Show: "We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented."
And you're right, I don't see "dog catcher" on this list. Maybe a different third party has someone in that position somewhere.