Recall would cost Apple 1.5 billion dollars, why not free bumpers or 2011 upgrade?

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  1. jp700p macrumors regular

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    Its going to cost Apple about 1.5 billion dollars according to a research analyst. But giving away a free bumper would only cost Apple about $1 each.

    Or how about allowing current iPhone 4 users to upgrade to the new iPhone 5 (or iPhone 4GS, or whatever its going to be called....) next year at the upgrade price? It would be a win-win for everyone. Apple would make money by selling iPhone 5's to customers who wouldn't buy it at the time because of upgrade ineligibility, and AT&T would retain customers who otherwise would go to Verizon/Sprint for an Android phone.

    Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20010443-260.html
     
  2. topmounter macrumors 68020

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    What is this recurring obsession with "free bumpers" around here?


    If someone bought an iPhone4 for $199+, pays AT&T $100/month and they aren't using a case, it's not because they can't afford a case. All that happens if Apple gives away "free bumpers" is that people scream about how Apple has not only admitted that there is a hardware problem by giving them a "free bumper", but that Apple thinks no more of their customers than to give them a crappy $1 case to get them to shut-up.
     
  3. bigroot macrumors newbie

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  4. HXGuy macrumors 68000

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    Screw free bumpers...that is not a solution. As the other person said above...its not like people can't afford a $29 bumper to fix the problem.

    I don't like the bumper, it adds bulk to the phone and it does not work with the iPhone dock so it's a 100% no solution for me.
     
  5. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    You recall a defective product. You don't recall a crappy design, you just make another one that is designed better.
     
  6. rotobadger macrumors 65816

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    I still think no recall. What I think will happen is Apple will acknowledge the problem, send emails to all purchasers telling them they have until X date to return with no penalty. After that date they're on their own.

    Much easier than a recall and it takes care of the problem in a way.

    Apple will basically be saying: Don't like it? Return it! Otherwise quit yer bitchin'! :p
     
  7. Devnor macrumors member

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    People ought to calm down. The phone came out 2 weeks ago. A fix is coming.
     

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