Americans buying 5s : $199 w/ contract. Chinese buying 5s : $0 w/ contract

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  1. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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  3. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Impossible to compare markets.

    In the USA 60% or more customers are on family lines. Which offers significant savings. Verizon even stopped reporting "per line revenue" in 2012 because Americans are smarter than Europeans and Asians think.

    The average revenue per line with Verizon (the last report when Verizon was still reporting it) was about $45-50 a line.

    China probably doesn't offer family lines.

    That's why we can't compare $0 vs $199.

    Plus USA customers have access to discounts from 10%-28%.

    Honestly 1-2 line customers in USA probably are getting ripped off by Verizon. But once you get to 4 lines going post paid makes sense with subsidies.
     
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  5. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Why'd you split the paragraph? It goes on to say:
    As to "thoughts" - not much to think with no information given regarding contract duration or cost. All carriers balance up-front price against contract duration and pricing within the market they serve.
     
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    American cariers get away with fleecing the consumers. I remember a time when we would have to pay full etf even with just a month left on our contracts. In the uk phones cost based on your monthly bill. Any phone can be had for free.
     
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    Indeed, it's not known as 'rip-off Britain' for nothing! :(
     
  9. BMcCoy macrumors 65816

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    In the UK, we don't even understand why Apple can say in its keynote, that the new phone will cost $xxx with contract.

    We're all sitting here thinking, 'yeah, but how much per month is that contract?'.....

    In the UK, contract prices vary a huge amount, from £10 to £60.. And how much you pay for your phone depends upon the contract you take. You can get the phone for free, if you take a high-priced contract..

    Or, if you pay the full-price (or bring your own SIM-free phone), you pay £10 a month.
     
  10. lordofthereef macrumors G4

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    We think the same thing in the US... Apple is simply telling you the SUBSIDIZED cost of the handset on contract. They are never calculating what you are paying on the contract, because they don't care. EVERY on contract phone price is listed this way anywhere you go.
     
  11. BMcCoy macrumors 65816

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    :confused:
    So you can take a $10 per month contract, and still just pay $199 for the iPhone 5s?
     
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    No. You're required to have a data plan when using a smartphone.
     
  14. RotaryP7 macrumors 6502a

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    How long are the contracts in China? 10 years? :confused:

    Btw, T-Mobile is offering the 5C at $0 down and the 5S at $99 down.
     
  15. cube macrumors G5

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    But I think this requires subscribing to some uptodate plan.
     
  16. -Reaper- macrumors member

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    Their kids are the one's who are making the phones so I don't mind this lolol.
     

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