why is an off contract iphone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BFizzzle, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. BFizzzle macrumors 68020

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    as much as the ipad with 3g/4g?


    smaller screen, both have cellular radios etc.


    i mean i know its because people will pay it and they want to make as much money as possible.. just seems a bit absurd!
     
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  3. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    Price is set by what the market will pay. It is really not so "absurd", it is Free Enterprise at work! :)
     
  4. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    Aren't smaller form factor items harder and more expensive to make. Including R&D cost and smaller parts.
     
  5. BFizzzle thread starter macrumors 68020

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    never thought about that, thanks for a legit answer and not restating what i said about people will pay regardless.
     
  6. ericrwalker macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, it's probably only part of the answer too though. I would imagine with the demand for iPhones it allows them to keep the price higher too.
     
  7. BFizzzle thread starter macrumors 68020

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    for sure. and the fact that most people subsidize them, id bet a big part of the of the price is due to the carriers trying to make a pretty penny
     
  8. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

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    The relative prices do seem a bit odd, but your point makes perfect sense. I an additional reason may be the cost of licensing all the patents involved in mobile phone calling and messaging.

    On a side note, your reason is part of my hope that Retina Macs will appear sooner rather than later. A Retina Mac may need far more pixels, but they will be at a lower density, hopefully helping improve the ease of manufacture and reduce the cost.
     

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