iPhone hacking

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This is in response to Jason’s iPhone hacking

http://drew.ricefarm.net/?p=340

Since Andrew’s comments won’t allow me to speak.

The clip from Andrew’s post:

This is interesting. Gizmondo has an article that states, “All these unlocked phones may be costing Apple $300 million.”

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There’s a simple solution to this. Why not sell the iPhone unlocked?

This is a great example of taking words out of context. If you first look at it, it seems like Apple would make $300 million selling unlocked phones. The problem is that Apple already makes all the hardware sales money, unlocked or not. The unlocked iPhones were manufactured by Apple and somebody at some point purchased it locked. I believe the money Apple is losing is from the cell phone companies paying Apple for people signing up their iPhones for cell service. The cell phone provider is basically paying Apple to exclusively sell the iPhone. Unlocked phones, used on another network or just signed up under a different plan don’t deserve this kickback. So selling iPhone unlocked would actually cost Apple more than the $300 million. It would cost them ALL the kickbacks.

Of course, if I’m wrong about this, it is an example of those who know nothing about iPhones talking about iPhones.

First: I don’t censor people’s comments no matter how ridiculous they are. The comments do go through a moderation process because I had so much spam comments. Since the filter was installed, 49,756 comments were caught. The spam filter automatically deletes comments after 15 days and there are currently 1502 comments identified as spam. I have accidentally deleted a valid comment, my bad. But if you use the same name and email after it’s approved once, the filter will never ask me to moderate it again.

Second: I believe Apple reduced the price of the phone by $200 to stay competitive with the market in the smart phones category. I believe they make up the $200 in signing a 2-year contract with AT&T. Therefore take the number of iPhones sold and subtract the ones without the contract and multiply that by $200 and I think that’s where the $300 million’s calculated. Another way to look at it is that Apple didn’t gain $300 million and then lost $300 million from unlocked phones. You can’t lose anything you didn’t gain. So perhaps the going rate for an unlocked iPhone was $499 and $599. Or if you live in Germany the iPhone would sell $600 with T-Mobile and unlocked $1478. I guess we’ll never know since Germany requires cell phone providers to sell phones unlocked and the US doesn’t.

You’re not wrong, even an Apple hater like yourself.

One Response to “iPhone hacking”

  1. quad4x Says:

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