Apple Reportedly Negotiating with Carriers for $100 Price Increase on iPhone 6

Discussion in ' News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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
  2. macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2013
  3. macrumors 6502


    Jan 1, 2012
    As long they don't increase the unlocked price, i'm fine
  4. macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2009
    I guess they really don't want to let those margins slip at all...
  5. macrumors regular


    Oct 4, 2013
    This would be a very bad move by Apple if true.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2014
    This phone better ****** gold bricks if they are going to increase the price
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2010
    And it'll come standard with 8GB storage. Double whammy!
  8. macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    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.
  9. macrumors regular


    Nov 21, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    Holds true for me too!
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    As long as the base model is 64GB and 2GB of RAM I could probably live with it.
  11. macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2013
    Assuming they're not decreasing the monthly payment then it will most likely mean an price increase for the unsubsidised iphone... sadly :'(
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2011
  13. macrumors 6502


    May 14, 2010
    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?
  14. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
  15. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    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
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2007
    I would accept a price increase if they double the flash memory. 32gb should be the base model...
  17. macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2014
    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.
  18. macrumors 68020


    Jun 11, 2007
    No one (but Apple) likes higher prices, but I'm sure it will still have very strong sales.
  19. macrumors 68040

    Jul 18, 2011
    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? :confused:
  20. macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2008
    The only time this would be acceptable is if they double the base storage. Even then, sounds crazy.
  21. macrumors 68000

    Apr 12, 2012
    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?
  22. macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2005
    Lansing, MI
    This would be a PR nightmare for Apple if it's true. The media would destroy them. Sales would plummet.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2010
    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 :eek:
  24. d0minick, Apr 14, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2014

    macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2011
    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 ;)
  25. macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    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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