Unlocking the Case of the Missing iPhones

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: Opinion/Interviews
    Link: Unlocking the Case of the Missing iPhones
    Description:: Through December 31, Apple sold 3.75 million iPhones. On Thursday, AT&T CFO Rick Lindner said Ma Bell had registered about 2 million iPhones through December 31. That raised an obvious question: what happened to the other almost 2 million iPhones?

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  2. tricil macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2007
    They were bought by unlockers, ebayers, and FREE IPHONE website-rs
  3. svenr macrumors regular

    May 6, 2003
    First thing I learned in all my marketing classes:

    Listen to your customers and give them what they want.

    Aren't these numbers a pretty strong indicator for what people want? All these people willing to go through all this extra trouble, giving up their warranty, risking to brick their phone, foregoing updates or paying astronomical amounts for unlocked phones...

    This is not just a handful of hackers and tinkerers. These are millions of regular customers telling Apple to shove it with its greedy exclusive model. Apple should listen.
  4. Otaviano macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2007
    Amen ... I'm one of those people that unlocked their iPhone. I'm glad to have done it and would do it again in a heart beat. I don't think Apple should have the right to dictate what phone carrier I use and so I did what I had to in order to maintain my right.
  5. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I'm going to guess that AT&T is the party that demanded the exclusive. And it was granted (because Apple wanted concessions from AT&T in turn) so for the moment there's probably nothing for Apple to "listen" about. Ask AT&T to release Apple from the exclusive agreement. Just don't expect them to listen :eek:

    The agreement with AT&T will end, but once signed, I doubt it's going to disappear early.
  6. svenr macrumors regular

    May 6, 2003
    Sure, now that it's signed, it's signed. But it's not like AT&T showed up at Apple's door with a bunch of black-suited wise guys, strong-handing Apple into submission. No, it was Apple's choice to seek out such an arrangement and they did it for one thing: Greed.

    From a marketing and customer point of view there's hardly any benefit. The little co-promotion Apple gets from AT&T, they could probably get ten-fold from all authorized dealers combined if everybody worldwide who sells iPods and Mac could also sell the iPhone. Ok, maybe there wouldn't be visual voicemail. Big deal. And I believe even that would've come around with telcos eager to lure in lucrative iPhone customers.

    From a technical point of view, there is absolutely no reason for an exclusive carrier either, as GSM is a worldwide standard. You see that fact demonstrated by the army of unlockers using iPhones all over the world with no problem.

    Instead, Apple got all dollar-eyed and hungry for kick-backs from AT&T. Which in turn inflated monthly service fees for "honest" customers. It limits peoples' choices and turns others into "criminals" or at least unwanted troublemakers. Apple's big fuss about changing the mobile business and doing away with cell phone subsidies has become a farce. And they loaded all the headaches described in the original article on their shoulders.

    This whole affair really tainted the way I look at Apple. I've been using them exclusively ever since I bought my first PowerMac 8500 in 1996. I've recommended Apple products to countless people because I saw Apple doing "the right thing". I can't consciously do that anymore and feel good about myself. I believe I'm not the only one feeling this way. So Apple is essentially losing a pack of unpaid promoters as well over this. Way to go, Apple!

    BTW, this looks more appealing day by day:

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