Two Million MORE 2G iPhones???

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ncsmith4, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. ncsmith4 macrumors 6502

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    Why would Apple order two million MORE of the old 2G iPhones???

    http://www.appleinsider.com/article...one_3g_build_orders_to_15_million_report.html

    Anyone know why? Or have an intelligent guess? I would think two million would be WAAAY more than they need to supply replacements, warranty repairs, etc. Even over the lifetime of the remaining 2G phones...
     
  2. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

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    I don't think it's for exchanges/replacements so much as to have available for some people who don't want to pay $30 for 3G, but rather have $20 for SMS and EDGE.

    Then again, the phone costs more...maybe they'll price it lower? But then that kills eBay sales...dang it.
     
  3. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    It's always safe to have 2,000,000 extra things.
     
  4. sr5878 macrumors 6502a

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    i disagree. my bet is they're overstocking just in case. if they run out of 2g iphones and have customers who refuse to pay upwards of $35/mo for data and texting, apple will have a problem.
     
  5. schmoopy.design macrumors regular

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    I for one am happy. I've got no 3G in my area so the extra $10 a month is not worth it. If they start offering the 1st Gen iphone for a comparable price to the 2nd Gen I might pull the trigger on that purchase.
     
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Yes. Just in case people try to scam their way into getting a 3G iPhone by breaking theirs. Apple will be able to say, "You're in luck! We have some extra!"
     
  7. DreamPod macrumors 65816

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    But...nobody pays $30 for 3G. $30 is the plan price for smart phones, not 3G service, and as-of iPhone OS 2.0, the iPhone is a smart phone. Anyone buying any iPhone at all as of OS 2.0 launch, should probably expect to pay the full smart phone price for the plan.
     
  8. Loonytik macrumors 6502a

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    I am happy as well. I also have no 3G coverage in my home area (I do at work, but whatever) and I would rather have a lower price monthly bill. Im not so sure that the plan for the 2G iphone will remain the same however. I would think if you are a new 2G iphone customer that your plan will be the same price as the 3G iphone. Thats just a hunch however.
     
  9. And5555 macrumors member

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    You can get near the same benefit by doing a simple little equation (although it requires a bit of effort on your part).

    Buy a really awesome phone that's on sale with an AT&T 2-year contract subsidy (upgrade). Then upgrade to the iPhone 2G (if you can find one); note that you can simply sign a new 2-year contract (that replaces your new contract that you just used).

    The beauty of this is that with a phone subsidy and an on sale phone, you can pay $0 for the upgrade, but be able to sell that phone on craigslist for at least $150 (netting your iPhone 2G cost at $250). You might be wondering what the phone aftermarket is like; it's actually pretty good. People lose/get their phones stolen all the time and need to pay aftermarket price. Your $200 new phone would be the only option outside of a very cheapo phone (since they can't renew their contract normally in the middle of it).

    I did this when I got my first iPhone:
    Wait for price drop. Buy the closeout stock of 4GB iPhone for $300. Since I had just renewed my contract and got a pretty sweet Sony Ericcson phone on sale, I was able to sell it for $160 on Craigslist. My 4GB iPhone cost me $140 (plus the $20 per mo).

    Note: When you do buy your "good deal" phone with a subsidy, don't go to AT&T directly; use a reseller like wirefly.com that has much better deals (better free phones that will earn a higher sell price).

    Finally, note that if you were worried about the $20 per month for Edge going up, you shouldn't be, because you are under contract. They usually don't/can't increase your rate when you are in a contract (or the contract is void).

    As well, if they did do that, you could just unlock the phone, go to T-Mobile (no longer under contract) and pay they're $5 per month data plan which will work for the iPhone (oh no!).
     
  10. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Perhaps Apple will sell some as refurbs. And they'll use them for replacements for 1st gen iPhones that break and get returned.
     

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