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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:16 AM   #1
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Apple Reportedly Negotiating with Carriers for $100 Price Increase on iPhone 6




Apple is negotiating with wireless carriers to raise the price of the iPhone 6 by $100, claims Jefferies analyst Peter Misek (Via StreetInsider). Carriers initially are refusing to negotiate on the iPhone's $199 base price, but they may not be able to resist as the iPhone 6 is shaping up to be 2014's blockbuster handset.
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"The possibility may at first seem far-fetched in light of investor concerns regarding possible carrier subsidy and handset price cuts due to smartphone saturation and lack of differentiation," Misek comments. "But we think this general lack of differentiation could be the reason why Apple may be able to get a price increase. Carriers realize that the iPhone 6 will likely be the only headline-worthy high-end phone launched this year and that they will lose subs if they do not offer it."
Apple is expected to ship the iPhone 6 later this year, with rumors suggesting the phone will be available with a 4.7-inch touchscreen display at first. A larger 5.5-inch version may follow at the end of this year or early next year.

Along with a larger display, the next-generation iPhone may include a thinner design, Apple's new A8 processor, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, 1GB of RAM, and an improved camera with optical image stabilization. The iPhone 6 is expected to run iOS 8, which may feature a new Healthbook app, improved Maps and a possible Siri API.

Article Link: Apple Reportedly Negotiating with Carriers for $100 Price Increase on iPhone 6
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:17 AM   #2
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If this is true...
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:17 AM   #3
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As long they don't increase the unlocked price, i'm fine
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:17 AM   #4
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I guess they really don't want to let those margins slip at all...
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:18 AM   #5
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This would be a very bad move by Apple if true.
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:18 AM   #6
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This phone better ****** gold bricks if they are going to increase the price
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:18 AM   #7
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And it'll come standard with 8GB storage. Double whammy!
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:19 AM   #8
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I always buy my phones off-contract. I hope it doesn't get raised by $100 here in Australia, $869 starting price is already too much when you consider the iPad is $598.
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:19 AM   #9
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As long they don't increase the unlocked price, i'm fine
Holds true for me too!
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:19 AM   #10
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As long as the base model is 64GB and 2GB of RAM I could probably live with it.
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:19 AM   #11
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As long they don't increase the unlocked price, i'm fine
Assuming they're not decreasing the monthly payment then it will most likely mean an price increase for the unsubsidised iphone... sadly :'(
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:19 AM   #12
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you didn't know you wanted this, but you do
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:19 AM   #13
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Total BS

No way they increase their prices (especially now that there's more competitors).

Plus, let's look at the source of this "info".

Besides, when was the last time you saw Apple *increase* the price of an already established product?
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:19 AM   #14
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And what is Peter Misek`s track record?
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:20 AM   #15
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There's just too much competition and good phones out there. If Apple ups the price, they're just getting greedy and will reduce the overall interest in the iPhone 6. Its a huge mistake imo
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:20 AM   #16
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I would accept a price increase if they double the flash memory. 32gb should be the base model...
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:20 AM   #17
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With carrier subsidies ending, Apple needs to be LOWERING the price rather than INCREASING it...Oh well, well see how well it does when people are forced to finance the iphone rather than upgrade via a subsidized price.
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:21 AM   #18
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No one (but Apple) likes higher prices, but I'm sure it will still have very strong sales.
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:21 AM   #19
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This phone better ****** gold bricks if they are going to increase the price
People who want an iPhone will still get one, given that Apple's the only company producing it.

What I don't understand is why carriers are opposed to increasing the price by $100? Maybe my reading comprehension is poor - but does this mean the iPhone is going to cost $100 more overall, Apple is actually asking carriers to subsidise it less (good for carriers, right?), or they are demanding $100 more from carriers, who are then forced to absorb the difference?
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:21 AM   #20
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The only time this would be acceptable is if they double the base storage. Even then, sounds crazy.
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:22 AM   #21
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I don't understand the news that comes out of America WRT carriers. A price tag like '$199' (as quoted) surely means nothing unless you know what the package you're getting with that is, what the monthly cost is, how long the contract is, etc.

In the UK, carriers offer many different packages of minutes, texts and data, and each has a different monthly price and up front price.

I also don't understand the negotiations that go on between carriers and Apple. Don't Apple just set a price on their phones and let carriers set up different packages for it?
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:22 AM   #22
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This would be a PR nightmare for Apple if it's true. The media would destroy them. Sales would plummet.
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:23 AM   #23
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so, first they say in a presentation that the price of their phones is to high, and then they make one that's even more expensive. #doesnotcompute
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If true i am jumping to the S5. I've stayed with the iPhone, even though my favorite version was the 3gs. The iphone 5 has been horrid. The UI freezes all the time, the tall but skinny form is laughable.

and now adding 100$ because they are widening. Unfortunately, for myself, i will jump ship. I know many others will go with the i6 and thats fine. But for myself, i believe upping it 100$ is just greed.

EDIT: Those 8.1's look great
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Old Apr 14, 2014, 09:24 AM   #25
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So Apple is going to MAKE me get a larger phone whether I want it or not?

That's just great.
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