Observers Expect Cheap iPhoneAdded: Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
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The speculations about cheaper iPhone have been around for a while now. Today the experts keep hoping that Apple will indeed introduce a low-cost version of its phone, designed especially for the emerging markets.
Apple guru Gene Muster thinks that a cheaper device will be an extremely hot product. In the latest investors note, he pointed out that he expects the tech giant to introduce a $300 iPhone this September. He believes that the company would be able to ship 75 million units in 2014. If it does, this would put the company’s share in the low-end smartphone market at around 11% - this sounds quite good, because at the moment Apple has no low-end share at all.
Of course, it will come at a price – an expert expects a cannibalization rate of about 30%. This means that for every 3 cheap iPhones sold, the company will lose a single high-end device. However, this does not sound too bad – in fact, it is lower than the iPad mini cannibalization rate, for example.
The industry observers believe that the company’s decision to launch a $300 non-subsidized iPhone should be welcomed by consumers in developing countries and the BRIC gang. Taking into account the fact that western markets are already over saturated and the smartphone market is maturing, this move would be the logical next step for Apple. Of course, it won’t come without risks – for example, the above mentioned cannibalization rate might go up over the next few years, and the company will probably have less headroom for high margins on a high-end device. The statistics say that iPad margins are already considerably lower than iPhone margins, and the same may happen with the unsubsidized device.
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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
|Quite possibly a good expectation for so many units, considering T-Mobile now offers the iPhone and since they merged with MetroPCS theres another cell phone market they could tap into. I would love to have an iPhone come out on MetroPCS's lineup.|
|apple ruin my iphone with all its updates would not have one given now|
|posted by (2013-05-02 23:32:47)|
|Only a Mac owner would consider a $300 phone "cheap"! I paid $80 for a droid, does everything an Iphone does. Uses a standard USB cable, no custom mac crap. Talks to any computer on USB, Wi-Fi or blue tooth. Remember, God told Eve to stay away from the Macintosh! ;?)|
|posted by (2013-05-02 23:50:46)|
|You can buy replicas on China sites with droid on them that are even better then iphones|
|China do a good job at replicas and I wouldn't|
be surprise. The only downsize, China use cheap
parts that don't last long. I heard the other day
that T-Mobile is pulling the plug on MetroPCS in
2 years. I hope it's not true. There will
definitely be many legal issues in court.
|I was told by the end of 2015 metropcs's cdma system will be a thing of the past.|
fully integrating metropcs over to tmobiles GSM system. I just bought a new phone
at metro that for the first time ever came with a sim card, I have been using
metropcs for about 3 years now. cdma is ancient in todays standards. tmobile hopes
to phase out metropcs and slowly become one entity as suscribers jump on the
T-Mobile wagon who do offer a better lineup of handsets and technology. MetroPCS
doesn't know how to pick cell phone manufacturers to contract with, they just
broke their contract with CoolPad who produced them a very crappy handset the Quattro 4G that
is already discontinued. LG and Samsung have always been Metros best products
however the rumor circulates MetroPCS will be getting the iPhone made available to their service.
|They mean a $300 Unsubsidized price.. no contract.. most phones range around 2-400 .. higher end ones like your droid (when they first come out) range around 500+ .. iPhone however ranges from 7-9 because Apple overcharges for everything, as we all know.. Carriers eat the cost of the difference considering they make it back around the 9th-15th month of the contract depending who it is, what phone, and plan. By Apple doing a $300 regular phone, carriers can chomp most cost and sell a "new iPhone" for $99 or maybe Free (though not likely) granted it's the lower-end model, and then say "Upgrade to the higher-end for only an additional $99!" It's a marketers wet dream, the name of iPhone, for practically pennies. So remember, upsell those Androids.. ALSO, CDMA is Newer than GSM.. Granted GSM might be used worldwide, CDMA was faster, more powerful with less dropped calls, and altogether easier and cheaper than GSM. Now it's not the same now-a-days considering they're both the same at most comparisons although CDMA loses some strength in buildings. It's not going anywhere. The reason why T-Mobile is probably pulling the plug on MetroPCS is because they don't wanna end up like Sprint did when they bought NexTel.. Sprint had two different frequencies that weren't compatible on two different tower-types and most people left cause of the service cause Sprint had NO IDEA how to handle it. Now-a-days they do, and are revamping their entire network to recreate a new type of spectrum that when finished in 2014 will surpass even Verizon's coverage. BUT, it cost them almost a decade worth of earnings, near-bankruptcy, and the reputation of HORRIBLE customer service. T-Mobile saw the dismal failure that sprint went through and figured the best course of action was to just acquire the MetroPCS brand and image and not worry about the frequency.|
|still won't buy a crApple even if it were free.|
|posted by (2013-05-06 06:27:57)|
|@5 oh, and where do you think iPhones parts are from? lol cmon, take a wild guess... China you said? You're right!||
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