Microsoft wants to sell you a cheap Xbox 360 with a two-year contract. Don’t do it!

Does a subscription-based discounted console models (like Microsoft’s recent Xbox360 plan) make sense? Only in the same way that interest-free periods do. Numbers crunched below. I’m wondering if subsidised (or ad-supported) hardware outside of phones will become the norm in the future. 

“But why would you want to? You’ll be paying $99 + $359.76 in monthly fees, or $458.76 over the course of two years. Compare that with (I’m using prices from Amazon that were accurate as of May 7th, 2012) $287.70 for an Xbox 360 4GB + Kinect bundle, and two 12-month Xbox Live Gold cards at $48.41 each, a total of $384.52. So you’re paying almost $75 for the privilege of laying out small cash now.”

Microsoft wants to sell you a cheap Xbox 360 with a two-year contract. Don’t do it!

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