May 27th, 2011

Well this is just the most backwards thing we have ever heard, if true. T-Mobile, due to recent supposed shortage issues, will be increasing the price of the T-Mobile G2x once it’s back on store shelves, according to an inside document sent to TmoNews. New owners would need to pay $300 after a $50 rebate. It’s quite an unusual move as the price of consumer technology tends to go down over time, not up.

There are a couple of different things T-Mobile could be thinking here. The first obvious reaction for most of you is that they’re looking to capitalize on an opportunity to squeeze more money out of customers. I would say that this is the wrong way of thinking about it, though, as T-Mobile gets the full cost of the device back over time through subsidy.

An even more likely scenario is they just want to make it harder for people to buy the device so that they can keep it on store shelves longer. If that is true, I can’t be mad at them. In any case, if you were looking to purchase a T-Mobile G2x sometime soon you may need to hit a third party store up to get the lowest price. (That’s if you can find it, anyway.)

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