Smartphone Makers are Ripping Off Consumers with Costly Extra-Memory Options

All major smartphone makers offer extra storage, but it’s an expensive option at an extra $100 to $200 a pop.

CNNMoney reports that these companies pay only a sixth of what they charge for those extra gigabytes of storage. And that disparity applies to the largest U.S. smartphone makers — Apple, Samsung, LG or Motorola.
The flash storage drives installed in the iPhone 6 cost Apple just $7.55 per 16 GB, according to TechInsights, a firm that performs gadget tear-downs. The 32 GB of storage included the Galaxy S6 costs Samsung $14.50.
The difference between a base model 16 GB iPhone 6 and a top-of-the-line 128 GB iPhone 6 costs Apple about $53, says CNNMoney. It costs consumers $200.
The difference is even sharper with the Galaxy S6. The difference between the base 32 GB model and the best 128 GB model costs Samsung $44. But Samsung charges customers $200 more.
CNNMoney offers solutions instead of paying that extra $200, including backing up photos, using cloud services and streaming your music instead of storage your music library on your phone.

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