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?
If you voted "Free", capitalism thanks you
You can get the same tablet they offer at almost any electronics store for $99.00.
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.
There is no such thing as free.
Nothin' is free.
You are still getting the services of data though.
Did you want the service too be free of charge too? How about the service provider pays you to not use their services?
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.
Yes, if you planned on activating it and having it online anyway. Normally you'd pay that $280 PLUS what the tablet cost.
The tablet it free, the services are not
Very few things are truly free.
There's always a catch.
I have gotten many good deals with no catch.
Are you paying an activation fee and monthly service regardless?
No. That is just for the "free" tablet.
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.
Free is just another word for nothing else to lose.
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I have an iPhone. I don't need a tablet.
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."
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.