NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- What do you say when one restaurant charges $6 for a Coca-Cola, while the one next door charges $2? I call that a rip-off.
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as the company charging you $6 for a Coke every step of the way. Let's count the ways:
1. Device storage.
When you buy an iPad or iPhone, you have to pay $100 extra to go from 16 gig storage to 32 gig. How much does Google charge for the same storage bump in their equivalent devices?
The Nexus 7 is $40 more for 32 gig vs. 16 gig. The Motorola X is $50 more for the same. In other words, Google is between 50% and 60% cheaper than Apple for the exact same thing.
2. LTE on the tablet.
Apple charges $130 extra for LTE on the iPad. Google charges $80 more. That's 38% less.
But wait, there's more!
Google's LTE version -- on the Nexus 7 - is a single SKU that enables you to switch between LTE on
, simply by swapping your pre-paid SIM card. With Apple, if you buy an iPad on Verizon, you can only get LTE on Verizon, and so forth with a separate version for AT&T, etc.
You get the point - the iPad locks you to LTE on only one of the U.S. carriers.
3. Cell phone service pricing.
If you want a reasonable package from AT&T or Verizon, you pay $90 a month for voice, data and SMS. Same thing with Android.
You can get less expensive service with T-Mobile and
, knocking off approximately $20 a month in comparisons that are not 100% oranges vs. oranges, but close enough. Same thing with Android.
So far, so good -- for Apple. But then we go to even lower tiers:
With Republic Wireless
-- which works on Sprint -- you can get unlimited service for $19 a month. You have to buy an Android phone for $259 up-front. iPhone? No.
-- which also works on Sprint -- you can get limited service for FREE per month. Just buy Android smartphone up-front. iPhone? No.