Why is the Verizon iPhone more expensive?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by LookId9, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. LookId9 macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2011
    $649 without contract, ON A SLOWER ****ING NETWORK. Wow...
  2. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    No offense, but could you really not find pre-existing thread to put this in?

    But to answer your question, it might come down to scale, the iPhone 4 with a GSM radio can work all over the world and is sold in tons of markets. The iPhone with CDMA radio won't be sold in as many markets, so Apple might need a higher price to off set the costs to product it.

    Or Verizon might just be looking to make some extra cash
  3. stewart715, Jan 19, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2011

    stewart715 macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2008

    Apologies, not sure why the full retail is more expensive. But while Verizon's network is slower, it sure as hell still crushes the hell out of AT&T.
  4. BriChi macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2006
    not on Verizons site, the FAQ state:

    Q: How much will iPhone cost?

    A: $199.99 for the 16GB model, and $299.99 for the 32GB model, with a new 2 year agreement. iPhone 4 will also be available for purchase at full retail price - $649.99 for the 16GB model, and $749.99 for the 32GB model.
  5. stewart715 macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2008
    Well then that is new because it stated on the announcement day that the retail prices would be the same. Regardless, the contract prices remain the same.
  6. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    Well CDMA patent cost are higher than gsm. That could be on reason. Also it is going to be a short run phone. Lastly Apple is rather greedy.
  7. countrydweller macrumors 6502


    Jul 16, 2009
    Someone will do a part by part comparison of the two iPhones once their out. It will be interesting to see the price difference.
  8. stewart715 macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2008
    There seems to be a discrepancy. I am NOT eligible for an upgrade until March 29 2012 and here is my upgrade pricing from Apple.com:


    While Verizon's website shows:

    Q: How much will iPhone cost?

    A: $199.99 for the 16GB model, and $299.99 for the 32GB model, with a new 2 year agreement. iPhone 4 will also be available for purchase at full retail price - $649.99 for the 16GB model, and $749.99 for the 32GB model.
  9. mpossoff macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2010
    How does Verizon network crush Att?
  10. omegaphil6 macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2002
    Fort Myers Florida
    I think they meant, Verizon Network HAS A crush on AT&T.
  11. stewart715 macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2008
    Reliability. Let's not have an argument. It's a known fact in terms of mobile carriers.

    This is not Consumer Reports opinion. This is based on 100k surveys across the entire country. Verizon is superior. An argument that AT&T is as good or superior to Verizon is laughable.

  12. mltaylor macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    ATT and Verizon are both great in my area...neither are clear winners here so either side saying one is better than the other is ignoring the fact that in certain areas one may be better than the other and vice versa
  13. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    Looks like I'll be switching to Sprint! If we all listened to Consumer Reports, no would own an AT&T or Verizon iPhone.
  14. tnisatard macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2008
    IMO, Verizon is definitely better than AT&T

    But honestly, you really cant take that study seriously when US Cellular is ranked #1 in cell phone carriers, and for sure AT&T is better than Sprint and T-mobile
  15. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020


    Nov 21, 2009
    Up There
    Yeah, since Apple knows how many people want the Verizon iPhone, they jacked the prices up. I honestly don't know why would anybody buy it, Verizon is so slow and the new iPhone 5 is just a few months away :confused:
  16. carreragt7 macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2010
    I've noticed the price discrepancy on a few websites as well. I'm still waiting to hear what the plan pricing will be, as I can sell my unlocked iPhone 4 for more than the unsubsidized price so that isn't as big of a deal to me.

    Also, the argument about which carrier is best really does depend on area coverage. I have had Sprint, AT&T, and now T-Mobile and I travel frequently in the western states (CA, WA, OR, UT, etc). Sprint had the best reliability. AT&T sucked beyond belief (15 dropped calls in a 5 minute range at 2AM with 7 supposedly healthy cell towers in my area). T-Mobile has been the best bang for the buck, but with admittedly slower data speeds due to the iPhone's 3G being setup for AT&T's network.
  17. stewart715 macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2008
    Huh? Sprint is listed after Verizon...
  18. stewart715 macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2008
    It can be misleading. US Cellular is ranked higher because it is better, in the few areas that it is widely available (mostly mid-west).
  19. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Back in the days, your product had to be near recall level and service had to be borderline fraud in order to get those black circles. Consumer Reports is just feeding into the "ATT sucks" hype just to get noticed.
  20. stewart715 macrumors 6502

    Oct 2, 2008
    Let's not forget these are OVERALL ratings. It doesn't mean that AT&T doesn't perform well in many areas. For example, AT&T is great where I live. However, on road trips, I have noticed a loss of signal in many areas. Whereas on my Verizon work phone, I haven't.
  21. Wicked1 macrumors 68040


    Apr 13, 2009
    New Jersey

    I dont buy that and their entire process of coming up with it.

    I have had them all and the only one that comes close to AT&T is Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile I never could get a signal, I am not sure who even uses US Cellular because mostly here in Central NJ is AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile not in any order.
  22. Pomeless macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2010
    Definitely a discrepancy! If the prices are indeed higher I think that they may be trying to recoup some of what they lose in subsidies and/or drive people into contract land for the long haul.
  23. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    This iphone is for Verizon users who absolutely hate AT&T and want to have iphone on verizon. It is for early adapters. You claim that Verizon has the best network. Verizon probably paid a huge money to apple to bring this phone, so it is time for you to pay back Verizon. The best network comes at a price.
  24. Looon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2009
    It costs extra money to put the little verizon logo on it
  25. Geckotek macrumors G3


    Jul 22, 2008

    Simple answer, don't pay full price. The subsidized prices are the same.

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