I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the contract market that we live in with mobile phones. The two-year contract has never been a good idea in the eyes of the consumer, feeling tied down by a piece of hardware, a lot of them didn’t pay more than a dollar for (after mail-in rebate, of course). The carriers have now found themselves in a tougher spot by carrying the iPhone with outrageous subsidy fees for the carriers, that costs them on their bottom line. It can seem at times that the only happy people are those on budget cell plans, but they are cheap and not contracted. Contracts also affects the consumer in product cycles and how certain phones launch. The root of this topic comes from the upcoming Lumia 900 launch from Nokia and AT&T. This phone was scheduled to launch originally later this week. And now it has been…

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