Apple's iPhone takes a bite out of wireless carriers' profits

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Apple's iPhone takes a bite out of wireless carriers' profits

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SLIKRICK wrote:
http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/10/business/la-fi-iphone-blues-20120211


this just points that the subsidy for a iphone paid by the carrier is going to be cut drasticly - maybe down to 40 percent subsidy instead of the current percetage

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And you know the carriers aren't just gonna let things continue to go the way they're going, profit-wise; so, what do you think they'll do--offer iPhones at higher subsidized prices?  Price increase of their various services (data, voice, text, etc.)?  Offer incentives for customers to buy devices that offer a better near break-even point (e.g., devices sold at a subsidized price that is closer to the carriers' purchase cost than that for iPhones)?  All of the above?

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You can already see that at&t doesn't push the iPhone as much. The huge iphone kioks are almost all gone. There is no longer carrier exclusivity and they have to split profits with Apple. There is no longer a need to push the iphone. I suspect at&t will probably start pushing the other operating systems. At&t has a long history with windows and Nokia, so now that they have teamed up, I wonder if that will be the next push.
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anton697 wrote:

And you know the carriers aren't just gonna let things continue to go the way they're going, profit-wise; so, what do you think they'll do--offer iPhones at higher subsidized prices?  Price increase of their various services (data, voice, text, etc.)?  Offer incentives for customers to buy devices that offer a better near break-even point (e.g., devices sold at a subsidized price that is closer to the carriers' purchase cost than that for iPhones)?  All of the above?



suspect that you will see the discounted price be set at a higher bar for the iphones, maybe 100 - 150 high per memory size. the agai it might go back to the 2G model where you paid full price for the phone also.

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I'm sure uk mobile providers do that the higher the gb iPhone u have
The more you pay, as for line rental the higher those are then u get
The handset free but with lower plans your likely to pay $300

It's how subsidy works only difference btw uk and us is that
You get 3x for a set price and us ur left paying for texts and stuff
But generally uk prices are more in regards to iPhones and less sold in us

I bet if a us iPhone cost same as uk one on AT&T then it would cost the us consumer more too so more subsidy there
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