It’s official: handset “subsidies” are a bad deal

According to an OECD study, it’s generally cheaper to get a phone and contract separately — or at least with the separate costs clearly marked — than it is to opt for a bundle with a “discounted” handset.

Carriers whine, but handset subsidies aren’t going away

Mobile network operators are increasingly complaining about the high cost of subsidizing the iPhone and other smartphones to make them cheaper for consumers. But those subsidies give operators tremendous control over the handsets that run on their networks.