- 06-29-2012, 09:35 PM #2
- 06-29-2012, 09:36 PM #3
Just because iPhones are sold at Walmart, Target, Cricket & other "low end" carriers, as you put it, why would Apple want to raise the price and risk losing customers to Android and Windows Mobile? It amazes me how some people are afraid of the term "low end / low budget" and Apple cashes in on that fear, too. For example, with the exception of storage space, there is absolutely no difference between the iPhone 4S 16, 32 & 64 GB models and yet, there are people out there who will go out of their way to not get the 16 Gig model simply because it is touted as the base / budget model. Having said that, is it your belief that the iPhone has been rendered cheap because it is now sold by "low end" carriers?
Just Me, D
- 06-29-2012, 09:36 PM #4
- 06-29-2012, 09:45 PM #5
The iPhone 5 will not be on Cricket. Look at the Macbooks. It's indistinguishable. You can simply change out one piece to upgrade and yet the price is higher. This is what Apple does. Uniformity. Brand recognition. It works. But now, Apple has been all about 'disconnecting from the past.'
People will pay more for an iPhone.
- 06-30-2012, 02:40 AM #7
- 06-30-2012, 02:43 AM #8
- 06-30-2012, 03:15 AM #9
- 06-30-2012, 06:29 AM #10And I immediately thought it was a ploy.The company, Apple, "Handing it down" to the cheaper carriers, as an act of 'final hurrah', showing that this generation of iPhone is complete and ready to be used by younger and cheaper.The iPhone 5 will not be on Cricket.Look at the Macbooks. It's indistinguishable. You can simply change out one piece to upgrade and yet the price is higher. This is what Apple does. Uniformity. Brand recognition. It works. But now, Apple has been all about 'disconnecting from the past.'People will pay more for an iPhone.
Just Me, D
The MacBooks are more expensive than they've ever been. People are buying. So I think IF not this time, definitely next time, we will see an iPhone that is more expensive than they've ever been. In Brazil, they already do.
And they kind of have to if they want to please.
- 06-30-2012, 07:45 AM #12
- 06-30-2012, 08:13 AM #13
- 06-30-2012, 08:43 AM #14So I think IF not this time, definitely next time, we will see an iPhone that is more expensive than they've ever been. In Brazil, they already do.And they kind of have to if they want to please.
Just Me, D
- 06-30-2012, 08:47 AM #15
For the past 5 years.
I bought my first MacBook pro for 2200 (high end 15") three years ago. Bought another one last year for 2200, same model. This year without retina display (which replaces the 17" model) is.... You guessed it 2200.
- 06-30-2012, 09:23 AM #16
Over the years, Apple has demonstrated this methodology with iPods, iPhones, iPads and their computers. Instead of reducing the price for an item, you get more memory, faster processor, higher res (retina) displays, etc.
The only reason I could see anyone paying $2000 for an iPhone was because they were either (1) an *****, (2) desperate, or (3) shopping for a status symbol. I work too hard for my money, and for me, anything more than a modest increase in purchase price would place it out of reach for me - not because I could not afford it, but because the cost would be beyond reasonable, IMHO.
- 06-30-2012, 10:32 AM #17
- 06-30-2012, 11:37 AM #18
Apple has a way of getting people used to what seems to be hefty pricing. They could go higher and higher without people really noticing. You say you wouldn't buy it, they always say that in the beginning.
But the funny thing is, is that in the long run, the device costs a bit more than 1,000 with what the hidden costs. The highest model, which may be more that 32GB, could bring it up to right around that price. $300 less and it's almost half the price.
- 06-30-2012, 12:41 PM #20iMore Intermediate
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What hidden fees? I bought my one of my sons an iPhone 4 for his birthday a couple of months ago. Got it on sale at Best Buy for $49.99. He's got a data block on his line, so I don't pay for a data plan. His line only costs a bit more than $10 a month on my family plan. I used my wife's upgrade to buy his phone, so his line has no commitment. There were no "hidden" fees, at least in my case.
OP is delusional. I get the impression that he is from somewhere other than the US (Brazil, based on an earlier post?) where an irrational feeling of superiority is achieved by owning and displaying property that costs more than what their neighbors can buy.
That kind of behavior stems from having large groups of people living in the same area who all have virtually identical incomes and standards of living. The only way distinguish themselves and elevate their social status is to "decorate" their outward appearance with expensive items in the belief that their peers will envy them.
Apple is not going to raise their prices simply to give a VERY small minority of people bragging rights. If the OP wants to have a more expensive iPhone so he can flash it around and make people jealous, he can go get his gold plated or something equally retarded.
Me, I'd rather pay as little as I can for my toys so that I can use that money for other things.
- 06-30-2012, 01:11 PM #21
[QUOTE=motoleo;1889000]Apple the customers, are willing to pay. Every product has a limit even to people who can easily afford it.You say you wouldn't buy it, they always say that in the beginning.But the funny thing is, is that in the long run, the device costs a bit more than 1,000 with what the hidden costs.The highest model, which may be more that 32GB, could bring it up to right around that price. $300 less and it's almost half the price.
Just Me, D
Last edited by JustMe'D; 06-30-2012 at 05:46 PM.
What hidden fees? Subsidized pricing of course. Most people don't see it because it's tied into the contract so they don't really look behind that initial $399 purchase. The real cost is higher. By 24 months, they will have made $1,000 to $3,400 off you. That's per customer. You don't notice. You just pay. And that's what you do. But trying buying an iPhone without the handcuffs and you have a price of around $899.99 for the 4S 64GB. Don't tell me that's not expensive.
Now if you bought that phone, then ended up getting on a contract, think about how much that would cost you! Not everyone takes the cheap road, an iPhone with practically no service.
And no, I'm as American as the sky is blue. Nothing foreign about me.
I honestly don't see the harm going up from the price of 899.99. I'm just saying. I'd spend it. The main point is that people will take out their wallets with maybe a little whining, but they'll still pay.
The only reason I mentioned Brazil, or wherever it was that the prices are sky high, is because it already works there, why not here? It's not like if the iPhone gets too expensive, you'll just say, "Oh, I'm not gonna buy it."
- 06-30-2012, 01:58 PM #23
- 06-30-2012, 02:53 PM #24
What the OP fails to account for in his pricing post is that, yes, there is a "hidden" charge in the sense that the service provider company is recouping the subsidized price of the phone... but not all of the monthly bill to AT&T, VWZ or others is to recoup that subsidization... a large part of those fees are to cover the cost of voice, data and text services, as well. And even then, it's not all profit to the wireless provider... certainly they make money off of each service contract, but they also have costs to cover in providing those services.
- 06-30-2012, 04:22 PM #25