- 07-08-2007, 12:51 AM #2
- 07-08-2007, 01:23 AM #3
- 07-08-2007, 10:47 AM #4
The figures listed at the site are only for the cost of parts. Doesn't include assembly, testing, packaging and shipping (to distributors). Those costs will typically more than double - then you can split the remaining $160 (for the 8GB model) between advertising, paying retail folks, and profit shared by Apple and AT&T. Not exactly doubling their money per unit - so they'll have to make up for it with volume!
- 07-08-2007, 10:52 AM #5
I may have issues with the iPhone or Apple's RDF (even though I own probably more Apple devices that anyone here), but I don't begrudge them their profit. Capitalism is what brought us the iPhone, Treo, and everything else.
Let the market sort it out...
Why not post costs for everything and complain about the "profit".
That kind of thinking comes from free-riders (as well as communists, socialists, and the like), who expect everything for free or at "cost".
I could care less if they make $300 a device or 300 cents. I judge the device by it's value to me.
Bash Apple and the iPhone if you want, but leave capitalism alone ;-)
- 07-08-2007, 10:58 AM #6
- 07-08-2007, 11:04 AM #7
maybe im missing something here.
what does it matter what apple sells it for? its the carrier that does the subsidy.
apple can sell as many 500 and 600 dollar phones they want, but the carrier (in this case ATT) is the one that can sell it for less.
isnt this the way subsidies work? isnt this why they lock the phone (BS reason btw) in the first place?
yeah, im sure carriers dont pay the same price as an end user do.
so, is it apple not letting att do a subsidy? or did att just dint think it wasnt needed considering they get the 2 year contract and locked phone anyway?
- 07-08-2007, 11:47 AM #8
It was Apple's decision to not have subsidies.
It makes the product seem "elite", and also guarantees their price and profit forecasts.
ATT wants you to havw their service, and will sell anything to get that, including subsidies.
But Apple wanted to be "different" and figured they why get a backend payments from ATT when they could have the cash up front.
- 07-08-2007, 03:37 PM #9
- 07-08-2007, 04:30 PM #10
- 07-08-2007, 06:05 PM #11
- 07-08-2007, 07:02 PM #12
One of everything and two of the things I like (except for NuBus, of course ;-) )
- 07-08-2007, 09:06 PM #13