1. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I'm hearing that according to a new report from Kantar Worldpanel, carriers have been urging smartphone buyers to go with Samsung (and others) rather than the iPhone.
    The polls show 63% of smartphone buyers who bought a phone in Q1 2014 were pushed toward the Samsung in particular. WTH? The result has been a huge positive impact on Samsung sales.
    Carriers are apparently unhappy with Apple's high subsidy costs associated with the iPhone. They seem to think Apple has too much market power.
    Increased iPhone loyalty is another reason. I'm not sure why that matters.
    Have any of you noticed this with your carrier? I don't buy many phones and have not had anyone at Verizon try to steer me toward a Samsung.

    Source: BGR
    iPhone 6 vs. Galaxy S5: Carriers will push the Samsung phone | BGR
    08-09-2014 05:25 PM
  2. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    While I'm not disagreeing with the article, it hasn't had much effect on Apple or Samsung. Apples sales are up YOY, and Samsungs are down YOY.
    08-09-2014 05:28 PM
  3. ajl's Avatar
    It seems to me it's been this way for a while now. I don't believe it's affecting Apple's sales much.
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    08-09-2014 07:24 PM
  4. Beyond Fire's Avatar
    IMO people who are influenced by reps are just average consumers that dont really care what phone they use as long as it works for them.

    The people who want Apple will buy Apple and people who want Samsung will by Samsung.
    08-09-2014 07:34 PM
  5. doctordwaynewilliams's Avatar
    I believe that they push non-Apple phones because the other phones have carrier bloat. The carrier can make more money if consumers subscribe to their bloatware.


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    08-09-2014 08:06 PM
  6. Les74's Avatar
    This has been going on for years. Nothing new here.


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    08-09-2014 08:54 PM
  7. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    IMO people who are influenced by reps are just average consumers that dont really care what phone they use as long as it works for them.

    The people who want Apple will buy Apple and people who want Samsung will by Samsung.
    I tend to agree with your statement more than I disagree with it. I, for one, know what I want when I walk in the store so as soon as they start, I stop them and tell them what I want, and if they can't help me get it, I'm walking out the door...
    08-09-2014 09:15 PM
  8. RavenSword's Avatar
    Carrier reps influence customers towards what will get them the most commission usually.
    08-09-2014 10:19 PM
  9. zerog46's Avatar
    I'm in my carrier store enough that they don't even try to talk me into anything. Basically just ask what I'm looking for today.
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    08-09-2014 10:30 PM
  10. Speedygi's Avatar
    Carriers push Android and other phones to promote diversity in their portfolio, to not let Apple get incumbent..
    08-09-2014 10:31 PM
  11. RavenSword's Avatar
    I actually think carrier reps hurt windows phone more than anyone else. They probably never recommend or suggest those phones. And often there not even on display in stores like best but.
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    08-09-2014 10:40 PM
  12. zerog46's Avatar
    No that would be BB. I know VZW doesn't even have a single BB in store. You have to order them
    08-09-2014 11:15 PM
  13. RavenSword's Avatar
    No that would be BB. I know VZW doesn't even have a single BB in store. You have to order them
    Ha ha, yeah. But honestly, why would you want a blackberry these days?
    08-09-2014 11:35 PM
  14. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    All those carrier reps who've been instructed to push Samsung will have a difficult time come September.
    08-09-2014 11:51 PM
  15. Speedygi's Avatar
    Ha ha, yeah. But honestly, why would you want a blackberry these days?
    I don't know, for a physical keyboard?
    08-09-2014 11:51 PM
  16. Flow39's Avatar
    Haha, they'll need all the help they can get from carriers come iPhone 6 time
    08-09-2014 11:52 PM
  17. RavenSword's Avatar
    I don't know, for a physical keyboard?
    That's the only thing I can think of at this point. I'm honestly surprised there still part of mobile nations honestly. There's just nothing happening there.
    08-10-2014 12:02 AM
  18. Flow39's Avatar
    That's the only thing I can think of at this point. I'm honestly surprised there still part of mobile nations honestly. There's just nothing happening there.
    There's always a bunch of members online there compared to here, but it's true. BB hasn't done anything worth getting excited over for a loooong time.
    08-10-2014 12:14 AM
  19. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    There's always a bunch of members online there compared to here, but it's true. BB hasn't done anything worth getting excited over for a loooong time.
    Support Groups usually do have high numbers.
    08-10-2014 01:04 AM
  20. Smply_Rcklss's Avatar
    It's bc of Samsung's advertisement, oh well it'll be a wrap come the release of the IPhone 6 as previously stated.

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    08-10-2014 01:51 AM
  21. acerace113's Avatar
    To be honest the carrier stores where I live don't have any iPhones on display, not even dummy models...
    I think it's wrong to push people to get a certain phone, what if they don't like the phone? They might be stuck with it for the next 2 years.


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    08-10-2014 07:48 AM
  22. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    No that would be BB. I know VZW doesn't even have a single BB in store. You have to order them
    Negative. The local vzw store has several.
    08-10-2014 08:54 AM
  23. doctordwaynewilliams's Avatar
    To be honest the carrier stores where I live don't have any iPhones on display, not even dummy models...
    I think it's wrong to push people to get a certain phone, what if they don't like the phone? They might be stuck with it for the next 2 years.


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    They do have a return window.


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    08-10-2014 10:06 AM
  24. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    They do have a return window.


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    Verizon's is only 14 days.
    08-10-2014 01:27 PM
  25. doctordwaynewilliams's Avatar
    Verizon's is only 14 days.
    Using a device every day all day for two weeks seems to be sufficient enough time to be able to discern if the device is going to work for you. I can usually tell after a day or two if this device is going to work for me.


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    08-10-2014 03:06 PM
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