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Old Dec 30, 2012, 10:02 AM   #26
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4S will become free
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 10:06 AM   #27
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on contract technically the phone is free. The carrier isn't making you pay money up front.
On contract the phone is subsidized, but Apple isn't giving anything away for free.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 12:37 PM   #28
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If we look at past history, I would say yes, but I'm thinking about it, it would make sense to get rid of the 4S out of their lineup next year, because of lightning, LTE, 4 inch screen, etc. just to make their technologies become more universal throughout their lineup. This would quicken the pace of 4 inch apps that are going into the App Store. And then the Lightning connector would move away from the 30 pin in pretty much all of their devices.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 12:54 PM   #29
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If we look at past history, I would say yes, but I'm thinking about it, it would make sense to get rid of the 4S out of their lineup next year, because of lightning, LTE, 4 inch screen, etc. just to make their technologies become more universal throughout their lineup. This would quicken the pace of 4 inch apps that are going into the App Store. And then the Lightning connector would move away from the 30 pin in pretty much all of their devices.
They could just modify the 4S for the lightning connector. Wouldn't be difficult since you're replacing a bigger part for a smaller part. That's pretty much what they did with the iPad 4, which is in terms of outer casing an iPad 3 with a lightning connector.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 01:58 PM   #30
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Only way I could see them possibly doing this is if they revised the 30-pin to a lightning port.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 02:01 PM   #31
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On contract the phone is subsidized, but Apple isn't giving anything away for free.
To the end consumer the phone is absolutely free minus the $0.01 initial charge. The contract is the commitment to the service plan.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 02:08 PM   #32
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by then the 4 will be nearly 3 years old so out of the line up and then 4S goes to Free, and I see the 5 going for $99 AND THEN THE NEW 5S or 6 will be the newer model priced as it sits now $199 299 399.

I do not see Apple doing something much different then what they have.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 02:10 PM   #33
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To the end consumer the phone is absolutely free minus the $0.01 initial charge. The contract is the commitment to the service plan.
We can argue semantics all day long, but at the end of the day the customer pays something whether it's in the form of a phone or contract.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 05:16 PM   #34
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We can argue semantics all day long, but at the end of the day the customer pays something whether it's in the form of a phone or contract.
Yes. Which is why providers with "value plans" and no subsidized phones are able to offer much cheaper monthly plans. We're getting gouged by AT&T and Verizon on their current plans.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 06:02 PM   #35
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They could just modify the 4S for the lightning connector. Wouldn't be difficult since you're replacing a bigger part for a smaller part. That's pretty much what they did with the iPad 4, which is in terms of outer casing an iPad 3 with a lightning connector.
Yeah I could see that too.
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Old Dec 31, 2012, 10:46 AM   #36
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To the end consumer the phone is absolutely free minus the $0.01 initial charge. The contract is the commitment to the service plan.
I know, but the carrier is giving the phone away for free, not Apple!
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