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think4yourself August 5th, 2015 5:17pm

A company offers a "free" tablet if you buy a phone but you have to pay a $40 activation fee and sign a two year data contract for $10 per month. By my calculation this "free" tablet costs $280. Would you consider this tablet free?

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evoecon nearest binary system
08/05/15 12:35 pm

Very few things are truly free.

AbandonedAccnt Not here.
08/05/15 10:19 am

Few things are ever really free. Companies have to make a profit or go out of business. Incentives can be legitimate and rewarding, but I don't like it when they characterize them as "free."

cowboy Doors of Perception
08/05/15 10:24 am

I have an iPhone. I don't need a tablet.

Ryguy8954 Logic for Politics
08/05/15 3:54 pm

The tablet it free, the services are not

Dazey Beagles Rule
08/05/15 10:52 am

Are you paying an activation fee and monthly service regardless?

rons screw politicians
08/05/15 10:25 am

Free is just another word for nothing else to lose.

musiman28 Cotton country
08/05/15 4:51 pm

Yes, if you planned on activating it and having it online anyway. Normally you'd pay that $280 PLUS what the tablet cost.

drself Gated Community
08/05/15 4:54 pm

If you were looking for a tablet, this is a deal. Providing it was an iPad, not some cheap off brand.
If you aren't looking for a tablet, it is an expense you weren't expecting.

iMatter2 I Used to Love H.E.R.
08/06/15 10:02 am

If you voted "Free", capitalism thanks you

AbandonedAccnt Not here.
08/05/15 10:20 am

Same is true of government bennies. They're not really free. In fact they're quite expensive at least to the folks actually paying the bill.

phen nebraska
08/07/15 9:24 am

Exactly. The offer was a free tablet, not free servce

Dazey Beagles Rule
08/05/15 3:26 pm

I thought I paid those for mine. But even still, it could be a good deal if the total cost was less or the simple fact that you don't have to have the cash up front.

MaxDollaroff cynic turned skeptic
08/05/15 7:50 pm

Not free but here is the deal: that same tablet is normally $200 with a two year agreement to have service at $10 a month over the course of those 24 months plus the activation free. Therefore the savings is $199 less than the deal normally is.

kspells TheOtherOtherside
08/05/15 5:35 pm

Did you want the service too be free of charge too? How about the service provider pays you to not use their services?

08/05/15 6:25 pm

You are still getting the services of data though.

think4yourself Not a safe space
08/05/15 1:38 pm

I have gotten many good deals with no catch.

Bagreen Texas
08/05/15 9:31 pm

You can get the same tablet they offer at almost any electronics store for $99.00.