There is no reason for Apple not to sell a $99 iPhone is there?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Airforcekid, Dec 7, 2008.

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Whats the new price?

  1. $199

    52.6%
  2. $99

    47.4%
  1. Airforcekid macrumors 65816

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    :apple:Other than it losing a little bit of a status boost it would kill off the smart phone market even china fakes cant compete with that price! Only blackberry would survive in that market. 256MB of memory is more than enough for the average user 4 is a ton! I cant see a reason Apple wouldn't make such a great move. Any thoughts why they wouldn't?:apple:
     
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    And that raises a new point. Presumably the $99 upfront fee would only be in the US, as opposed to countries like UK and NZ where you can use prepay.
     
  4. amrk47 macrumors regular

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    right now there is competition for the iphone

    if there was a $99 dollar IPhone, there would be NO competition
     
  5. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    There's a very good reason...

    It's $99 bucks. The market adoption would be ridiculous.
     
  6. Opie macrumors 6502a

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    I think its brilliant. Good for Apple bad for all the others.
     
  7. paulsalter macrumors 68000

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    From people I know it woudnt make any difference if they dropped the price

    Its the missing features stopping people getting an iphone, not the cost, so if they reduced like this it would be apple/carriers losing out
     
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    Loss leaders aren't a bad thing...
     
  10. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    Not to mention that, once you consider all the revenue generated by the iPhone contract, Apple makes far more than the $99 selling price.

    I think it would be a bit silly in the US. Yeah, you can buy the phone for $99, but then the monthly contract costs nearly as much? :eek:
     
  11. Padraig macrumors 6502a

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    Why is it that Americans have such difficulty in understanding the concept of subsidized phones? You do realize that 199 is not the full price of the handset, why do you think that you can get the the iphone for "free" on other networks?
     
  12. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    its subsidized remember
     
  13. Chronimac macrumors member

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    very true, this would mean its $400 unlocked.
     
  14. em500 macrumors regular

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    So what? They still get around $400 from the operators.
     
  15. efice32 macrumors 6502

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    haha seriously. $99 phone and a minimum of a $70 a month bill.
     
  16. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Except that Apple doesn't do that.

    Not anymore. Well, not with 3G contracts, at least.
     
  17. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    I don't see how this would increase sales? If you can afford $2000+ on the iPhone and contract, then what is $100 to anyone? I can get a free iPhone here depending on which contract I sign.

    I'd rather have a more expensive phone with more features. Apple- make an iPhone Pro.
     
  18. em500 macrumors regular

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    Sure they do. What makes you think they don't?
     
  19. wackymacky macrumors 68000

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    In New Zealand you can not use the iPhone on pre-pay (you may be able to if it was unlocked, I’m not sure)

    You can get it on a 2 year iPhone plan at a subsidized rate, or buy it out-right and use on any non-pre-pay plan with out being tied to a 2 year contract.
     
  20. Hutch1 macrumors 6502a

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    They don't seem to have a problem selling them at $199, so why would lower the price on your product. There are very few people that will be swayed by $100 discount, if you can't afford that $100 you most likely can't afford the service for the phone.
     
  21. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    yes they do

    you think apple gives att the phones for that cheap? no

    att then subsidizes the phone and makes up for the cost with contracts
     
  22. nikhsub1 macrumors 68010

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    That was 6 months ago (and I question that cost to begin with), you can bet it costs 1/2 of that today to make the same phone.
     
  23. firewood macrumors 604

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    Of course there's a reason. Apple's got tons of MBAs running spreadsheets and financial models. The iPhone price is optimized to maximize overall short and long term revenues.


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  24. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    640K is enough for anyone.

    See where assuming about other peoples data needs gets you?
     

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