|reply to elefante72 |
Re: This is smart
The US is one of the ONLY countries that heavily subsidizes phones, and that is coming to an end.
That means Apple is in trouble because their phones are way overpriced.
Let me spell this out in a bit more detail.
Apple, which in 2007 turned the US mobile market upside down with its easy-to-use touchscreen phone, and then quickly pivoted to the subsidized model with AT&T, and has now gone on to arrange deals with some 250 carriers worldwide, is incapable of responding to hypothetical changes in carriers' policies. It has hopelessly fallen back into the pit of uncompetitiveness that it was in during the late 80's and 90's; it has no idea how to compete despite introducing ground-breaking products like the iPad that totally thumped Microsoft, and continue to stymie the 100 or so Android tablet competitors.
It would be impossible for it to cut its profit margin to compete, despite having incredible economies of scale and estimated costs well in line. The company holds grudges and refuses to work with Verizon because Verizon dissed them in 2006. Despite selling 2/3 of its phones overseas, it is impossibly expensive for all but a few over-privileged one-percenters in the US.
Think maybe you should back off the Kool-Aid just a bit?