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    J.D. Power says: Smartphone popularity = Rise in Prices

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    J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Rising Popularity of Smartphone Devices Drives Higher Wireless Mobile Phone Prices

    The average reported purchase price for wireless mobile phones is now $9 higher than reported in 2007, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 U.S. Wireless Mobile Phone Evaluation Study —Volume 1 released today.

    The study finds that the average reported purchase price for a wireless handset has increased substantially for the first time in two years. The average purchase price cited by customers for a mobile phone is $101—up $9 from just six months ago—and marks the highest average price paid for a wireless device since the study’s inception in 2003.

    The increase in the average purchase price can be partially attributed to the recent surge in popularity of smartphone devices, such as the RIM Blackberry, Palm Treo and recently introduced Apple iPhone, as well as music-enabled handsets, both of which typically have higher price points when first offered. The current average reported purchase price for smartphone devices is $208, much higher than the average price paid ($58) for phones with fewer features.

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    That's part of it, maybe. The cost of all research on the new techs, network enhancements, and all the regulatory nonsense has to be figured in. Hell, the blackberry 5300 series cost about $250 and all it had was low speed internet, a grey scale screen, and next to no memory.

    The 8300 series comes with wifi or gps, a 2+ mp camera, a 65000 color screen, three to four times as much hard drive room, ram, and processing speed, they expandable memory, better spell checkers, media players,...


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    J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Rising Popularity of Smartphone Devices Drives Higher Wireless Mobile Phone Prices

    The average reported purchase price for wireless mobile phones is now $9 higher than reported in 2007, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 U.S. Wireless Mobile Phone Evaluation Study —Volume 1 released today.

    The study finds that the average reported purchase price for a wireless handset has increased substantially for the first time in two years. The average purchase price cited by customers for a mobile phone is $101—up $9 from just six months ago—and marks the highest average price paid for a wireless device since the study’s inception in 2003.

    The increase in the average purchase price can be partially attributed to the recent surge in popularity of smartphone devices, such as the RIM Blackberry, Palm Treo and recently introduced Apple iPhone, as well as music-enabled handsets, both of which typically have higher price points when first offered. The current average reported purchase price for smartphone devices is $208, much higher than the average price paid ($58) for phones with fewer features.

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