- 06-29-2007, 05:25 AM #176
- 06-29-2007, 07:51 AM #177
- 06-29-2007, 08:03 AM #178
I agree being able to switch out SIMs is a good thing...
I might be wrong but but the people on this board represent the top 10% of those who own phones so I think we see things differently then "John and Jane Q Customer".
Those that have spent an hour in an AT&T or T-Mobil store tell me do you think most of the people you saw in the store will switch their SIMs betwen phones on a regular basis?
Also, when I was at the AT&T store asking about the iPHONE most of the techs are upset that Apple and AT&T have not told them anything about the iPHONE I guess Friday between 4:00 and 6:00 they get to open the super secret file and learn about the workings of the iPHONE.
They did confirm that SIMs from other phones WILL NOT WORK IN THE iPHONE. There will be a $15 program to transfer info from your old SIM to the new one. They had no clue if the iPHONE SIM would be able to work in any other phone.
- 06-29-2007, 08:07 AM #179
- 06-29-2007, 08:19 AM #180
In Europe its not just techies which swap SIM's, its also normal people with more than one cellphone number who want to save on call costs. Remember than in Europe cellphone penetration is > 105%, meaning many people have more than one handset or contract. That is why dual sim phones are increasingly in demand.
Here's an old article:
In countries like Italy, Sweden and the UK, growth in penetration has shown no signs of abating, with penetration rising from 93%, 93% and 89%, respectively, in 2003 to 104%, 103% and 101% in 2004.
Although some people might think that the rise is fuelled by drug dealers toting multiple phones for ‘business’, the increase is actually explained by customers buying multiple phones and/or SIM cards
In USA the penetration is only around 70%. In UK penetration at present is at least 116%, and 27% of people have 2 phones. In Luxembourg is 164%
- 06-29-2007, 08:25 AM #181
- 06-29-2007, 08:34 AM #182
- 06-29-2007, 08:41 AM #183
Face it guys, it is all about the money.
If money were no object, everyone would want one. Imagine the length of the lines if the price were not this high.
Apple is the most savvy of pricing strategists. Apple products sell on the street at list, or even slightly above. Yes, they will add features and capacity and lower the prices over time. They will do it at just the right rate to keep sales and margins high.
Yes, there will be a 3G version when AT&T finally builds out their 3G network. Heat-seekers will buy a 2G version and then buy a 3G version when it is available. And yes, they will buy out their old 2 year agreement and sign a new one. (For the GSM user, there is no place to go anyway.) For the real heat-seeker, money is no object.
Since I cannot use my old number or my old SIM, and since I do not plan to give up my 650, I expect that the life total cost of ownership of the iPhone is about $3000-. However, I just reminded myself that I have made thousands of dollars in Apple stock in this year alone. I can pay and pay and pay.
The iPhone is free!
- 06-29-2007, 08:47 AM #184
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- 06-29-2007, 01:03 PM #196
- 06-29-2007, 01:04 PM #197
I don't care how pretty it is, I refuse to use a device that's that restrictive. Especially after using an open platform, it's just impossible to go back.
- 06-29-2007, 01:05 PM #198
- 06-29-2007, 02:04 PM #199