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

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  1. user-name-here macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
  2. jordanogrady macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2010
  3. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    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.
  4. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
  5. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    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.
  6. jordanogrady macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2010
  7. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    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.
  8. CD3660 macrumors 68040


    Jun 6, 2007
    Cheshire, United Kingdom.
    Indeed, it's not known as 'rip-off Britain' for nothing! :(
  9. BMcCoy macrumors 65816


    Jun 24, 2010
    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 G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    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


    Jun 24, 2010
    So you can take a $10 per month contract, and still just pay $199 for the iPhone 5s?
  12. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
  13. Blueline29 macrumors 68020


    Jun 16, 2009
    Indian Rocks Beach, FL
    No. You're required to have a data plan when using a smartphone.
  14. RotaryP7 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 31, 2011
    Miami, FL
    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

    May 10, 2004
    But I think this requires subscribing to some uptodate plan.
  16. -Reaper- macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2012
    Their kids are the one's who are making the phones so I don't mind this lolol.

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