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Verizon CFO: Abandoning subsidies would be a mistake

Though carriers have moved more agressively to offer installment plans to subscribers, Verizon's CFO still sees risk in that area.

By Mar. 10, 2014


Intel, hell-bent on hitting 40 million tablets, ups subsidies

Intel fully intends to see 40 million tablets ship this year with its chips inside. And it will make payouts to customers to get there.

By Apr. 15, 2014


AT&T chief: We can't keep doing big subsidies on phones

CEO Randall Stephenson says wireless operators can no longer afford to suck up the costs of customers' devices. The wave of the future? Drive up network use.

By Dec. 10, 2013


Correction: T-Mobile contracts and subsidies

This story initially said, wrongly, that T-Mobile would eliminate contracts. The carrier plans to only eliminate subsidies for smartphones.

By Dec. 7, 2012


T-Mobile faces war of words after killing subsidies, contracts

There's a lot of confusion over whether T-Mobile's new plans are a good thing. CNET breaks it down for you.

By Mar. 26, 2013


Verizon hints at LTE-only phones in 2014 to lower subsidies

Carrier's chief financial officer says removing handets' CDMA chips would result in lower costs and subsidies.

By Mar. 4, 2013


Cell phone subsidies claimed by many who can't prove eligibility

A government program offering cheap wireless service to low-income households has benefited millions who may not be eligible, says The Wall Street Journal.

By Feb. 12, 2013


Analyst: Carriers are locked into those steep iPhone subsidies

According to an analyst report from CLSA, there's a good chance that Apple's subsidies won't be affected in the next 18 to 24 months.

By Apr. 24, 2012


T-Mobile exec: Subsidies are hurting wireless industry

Subsidies artificially devalue sophisticated smartphones and turn them into "throw away" items, says T-Mobile's chief marketing officer.

By Mar. 9, 2012


Verizon: You can have unlimited data... just no device subsidies

After a day of taking heat for its plan to kill off unlimited wireless-data plans entirely, Verizon says users can keep them after all. But there's a catch.

By May. 17, 2012