Would you buy a phone with ads if it were cheaper?

Admin, Thursday, August 11, 2022
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Xiaomi MIUI ads on the app install screen

Android smartphones are usually available for prepaid or contract purchase. The former makes sense if you don’t want to be tied to a cellular network and don’t mind spending a ton of cash, while the latter includes monthly payments that may be more manageable for some.

But what if you could buy a smartphone cheaper, albeit with system ads? This is the topic of our featured poll today, so cast your vote below and leave a comment if you have more to say.

Would you buy a phone with ads if it was cheaper?

89 votes

For the sake of this survey, let’s just say the ad-supported phone has ads on the lock screen, under notifications, and in system apps. We will also say that the ad-supported phone is about 20% cheaper than a similar model without ads. So a phone that usually sells for $200 is $160 if you choose ads, while a phone that usually sells for $400 will drop to $320 with ads.

We’ve seen this strategy work before in the tech space, with Amazon selling ad-supported Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets at cheaper rates. For example, the Fire HD 8 tablet with ads retails for $89.99 versus $104.99 without ads. But are you okay with companies pulling this smartphone trick?

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