Monday, January 18, 2010

iPhone Reponsible for Two-Year Wireless Contract Surge?

It appears that the number of consumers that are signing two-year mobile phone contracts are on the rise. A study conducted by the folks at indicated that more than two in five mobile phone users have signed up to a two-year wireless contract. This number has reportedly increased significantly in the last few months due to the popularity of the Apple iPhone.

The iPhone 3GS has recently become widely available to mobile phone consumers throughout the globe. Apple's hit mobile phone was released in the U.S., Canada and six European countries on June 19, 2009, in Australia and Japan on June 26, and in other international markets in July and August, 2009.

The subsidized price that come with a two-year cell phone contract has made the iPhone more accessible to consumers. Customers also recognize that they can reduce their monthly bills since phone companies reserve the best rates for customers willing be tied in for a long time.

However, signing a two-year agreement also comes with some disadvantages.

For instance, the contract may restrict a consumer's choice for two years. This means that a user may not be able to keep track of the latest technologies to hit the market while being committed to a two-year agreement.

There are also some stiff penalties for consumers who decide to terminate an agreement. Verizon Wireless has recently taken heat for imposing a $350 early termination fee or ETF on its advanced devices.

Consumers should weigh the advantages and disadvantages of signing- a long term contract before they sign on the dotted line.

That's it for this post. Tune in to this blog for more news and updates on the wireless contracts industry.

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