Sneaky..sneaky...sneaky. The wireless carriers, particularly Verizon and Cingular, have done two things recently that will increase their average revenues per subscriber, even though they didn't actually go out and announce a price increase.
If you haven't read our Guide to Buying a Cell Phone and Plan, what are you waiting for? If you have, you know that one of the things we harp on in there are the disadvantages of signing a two year contract. However, one year contracts are pretty hard to find these days, except with T-Mobile, where they are standard.
About two months ago, we started working with a company that will try and match people up with a used replacement phone. As more people sign 2-year contracts, the number of people who lose or break their phone during the contract period continues to grow. As these people quickly discovered --- the phone prices offered to them when they bought new are not available to existing customers.