Actually, That Android Phone Might Not Be So Cheap

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One of the huge reasons for Android’s dominance of the smartphone market is the cheapness of making the phone. That savings, in turn, can be passed on to the consumer.For a large segment of the population, the choice between a $400 iPhone and a $90 Android phone (frequently free with a plan) is not a choice at all.

The result: Android devices own 57% of the market, up 25% from a year ago. (Nielsen has Android’s marketshare at 43%. But the point is that Android is making huge strides at least in part because the phones can be made cheaply.)

But manufactures are finding Android phones might not actually be that cheap.

The reason is that fewer regulations and restrictions mean the phones break more, according to a study reported in the Telegraph.

Each returned phone costs a manufacturer an average of $120.

Obviously, that dramatically increases the total cost of the phone.

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