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Why do cell phones cost more than tablets?

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Cell phones are smaller than laptops and tablets, meaning they need smaller parts and also include more electronics such as the GSM radio etc.

Your example of $900+ for an unlocked cell phone (guessing a top end smart phone) is that expensive due to the fact that it is unlocked and thus not subsidised by a carrier. When you get a cell phone with a certain carrier, say verizon for example, they cover a certain chunk of the cost, knowing full well that they are going to make x amount of $ out of you over the life of that device.