Why mobile phone are expensive?

@kenraku (241)
Australia
July 23, 2009 8:09pm CST
Nowadays, mobile phone can be very expensive, because there are so many features on it. It can be integrated with a high level camera, wide screen, touch screen, document reader, send and receive email and so. Personally, I just use it for contacting others, sending SMS, calculating and take notes. On the other hand, we always change our mobile phone yearly, maybe because of it is broken, out of service or just want to change a new model. But do you remember that 10 years ago, we can use a handset for a few years with no any problem on it? What mobile phone are you using? What makes you buy a mobile? How long will you change it mostly? Why would you change it? What features will you always use?
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9 responses
• India
26 Jul 09
The price of a mobile phone depends on the facilites or the apps that they provide. You get mobile phoes for various prices. The variation is due to the different technology that is being adopted to bring out that mobile. normal mobiles with no music or camera or anthin won't cost much. So when more and more technology is fabricated, the thing becomes costlier. Moreover they spend huge money for research and development and they have to get those money back, so when a new technolgy is used in a mobile phone, the price is higher. Later on therez is competition and then the price starts to fall slowly. That depends on the market trend.
@kenraku (241)
• Australia
27 Jul 09
Yes, maybe many love to use the function on the phone. How about you? What features will you use on your phone? Happy myLotting=]
• India
26 Jul 09
Mobile phones are expensive becoz you have to pay for having the latest Technology in your hands.. As we all know mobile(and nano) technology is always in the developing stages. The latest technology is always costly but worth having. Another point is that nano devices need very high precision while manufacture. You can't just make things in fluke. More precision means more automated processes, more automated processes means more accurate machines. Accurate machines always costs. And as always you have to pay for the guarantee that the brand gives you. All in all Its worth paying as you mentioned we have everything in our hands
@kenraku (241)
• Australia
26 Jul 09
Yes. I agree with what you say about the nano technology. When I always pay a lot for the mobile not because of the functionality, but only for the semblance. A cheaper handset always not as elegant as an expensive one. Thanks for sharing
@youless (104263)
• Guangzhou, China
26 Jul 09
I think that is the new feature and technology makes some cellphones very expensive. Such as if it has a very good digital camera and a GPS device, then the cellphone will be much more expensive. Besides, if it is very smaller. Usually it will be expensive, too. The design seems to be quite important today. People like to use cool cellphones. I don't often change the cellphone. As long as the current one works fine, I don't want to waste my money to buy a new one. Currently my cellphone is Samsung I900. I often use it to watch movies or listen to the books. Sometimes I will use its wifi to get online. I love China
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@kenraku (241)
• Australia
27 Jul 09
Yes, you are right. How long have you been using your Samsung I900? I took my Samsung U700 to repair for three times in a year, sad :( I like Omnia too, but I am not reliance to Samsung anymore. Thanks for sharing=]
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@youless (104263)
• Guangzhou, China
27 Jul 09
So far my cellphone works well. It is very easy for me to remember when we bought it, it is on February 14th
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@kenraku (241)
• Australia
11 Aug 09
Oh ya~ That's very sweet. I also brought two NOKIA 6288s on 14-Feb-200X with my gf too:D I forgot which year, just couple of years ago, lol.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Unless you are buying a phone that will do everything except wipe your nose when you sneeze, they can be cheap. I have a Kyocera phone that only can do very simple things like make a phone call or send a text. I can surf the net with it but I never have. I have a computer for that I paid under $20 for the phone so I don't think it is expensive. I will replace it only if it is lost or broken. I do not care to have the newest and latest things. It's just a cell phone, no big deal
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@kenraku (241)
• Australia
24 Jul 09
Yes, I agree with you. But I care about the looks, because I like my electronic items to be modern. So I am always buying mobile with high price but useless features, in my opinion.
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
24 Jul 09
Unless I am sending a text or making a call, the cell phone is in my pocket where no one can see it I am not out to impress anyone, I'm too old to care what people think of me.
@kenraku (241)
• Australia
26 Jul 09
I think you are right, but I enjoy with life style =D Maybe I will not care about the style anymore once I'm getting older. Or I will not care about the price when I'm getting richer.
@med889 (5952)
28 Jul 09
Mobile phones are more for fashion than for communication these days thats why they are so expensive, I had purchased a mobile, Nokia which was very classic and expensive too, it got lost after 2 years now I am using a simple one and I find it very useful as mobile phones should be meant for communication first and then fashion and styles. I can change it to a better one if someone gifted me one but no way to go and waste my money on that.
@kenraku (241)
• Australia
28 Jul 09
That is why I am waiting for a mobile that I really like it. But I am affraid that it cannot last for 2 years :) Enjoy myLotting
@busky5 (3165)
• Thailand
26 Jul 09
I think some mobile phones are expensive because they came from the countries which have the cost of living and the loyalty brands.If they producted in around Asia they are not expensive.
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@kenraku (241)
• Australia
26 Jul 09
I guess yes. I think all of my phone I used is produced in Asia. Fox example, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG and Samsung. And they also have a great possession in the mobile phone market isn't it?
@janzki (49)
• Philippines
24 Jul 09
it's maybe because of comfort, the integration of technical services. when everything is already there, you don't need to bring with you a laptop, a camera and a phone when you're out. it's more useful for those who frequently travel and those work that need to be connected all the time. when i was still a student, it's a form of a status symbol. so young as I am i changed phone model every year. but now that i earned my own money, i haven't changed my phones for years, i've learned to value the importance of it. when you don't really need it, why buy one when all you do is texting and calling?
@kenraku (241)
• Australia
24 Jul 09
I am opposite with you. Once I make my own money, I buy mobile phone every year when mine has problem or I love the style of a new mobile. Maybe because I am an IT technician, I want to keep my image looks like fashionable and up-to-date. Thanks for sharing.
@skywalk (66)
• Indonesia
20 Aug 09
A brand new mobile phone with latest technology usually is expensive. That is because it using new technology which make the manufacturer to pay some patents' fees. And the manufacturer also need to spend much money for promotional purposes. That's why a new mobile phone is expensive. Recently we were surprised by the fact of Apple iPhone's production fee. It's just less than $200 to producing an iPhone. But why Apple sell the iPhone very expensive? The answer is what i say here. Happy mylotting.
@kenraku (241)
• Australia
22 Aug 09
haha, I think the two most important points are the brand name and the reason of demand. But iPhone really contain well style, technology, usability and accessibility. Those are also reasons of why it is so expensive. Enjog myLotting:)
@rosekiss (30329)
• Eugene, Oregon
10 Aug 09
I think it really depends on the phone and what it has on it. If it doesn't have a lot of features then it will be cheaper then te ones that hae lots of features. I have an LG enV touch, which I just bought last week. It really wasn't all that expensive compared to other phones. My son hs a more expensive phone than I have, and it doesn't even have a qwerty keyboard on it. So, it reall all depends. I thought of buying the blackberry storm that my son has, but it would have cost more than I was willing to spend, and to get online with it would be much more per month than what I am paying for mine. I have lots of fetures on mine and some Imight use and some I might now, but at least if I do decide to use all the features they are there. I will keep this phone for a long time, as I intend to take real good care of it, so I don't have to replace it that often. Take care, and happpy mylotting.
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@kenraku (241)
• Australia
11 Aug 09
Hi rosekiss. I also brought my LG KF700 last week. I really want to buy LG KM900 or GC900, but they are much more expensive then KF700, and my purpose was to buy my first touch screen with 3" monitor cell phone. KF700 is fairly enough to satisfy my need. As a result, I finally chose KF700. But I found that some of the LG features were disappeared (XP) Anyway, I love this phone, hope it will last longer. Thanks for sharing:)