quote: As soon as the iPhone becomes available on a carrier it becomes that carrier's best selling handset and outsells all the other handsets. If a carrier cannot sell the the iPhone (and if it doesn't accept Apple's financial terms then it won't) it will start to bleed customers who will defect as soon as their contracts are up to a carrier who does have the iPhone.
quote: The key point about Apple's profits, and the way that the operators and carriers facilitate them, is often overlooked and yet it is the foundation of Apple's financial success. If the carriers could bypass Apple or reduce their payouts to Apple they would, and if Android was a mechanism or lever to achieve that then they would have by now. The carries cannot bypass or press Apple back financially for a very simple reasons. Apple's iPhone is not just popular, it is more popular than all other handsets those carriers sell, combined. It's customer pressure that keeps the iPhone, and Apple's profits, at the top of the pile. Apple's strategy was simple but hard, make the best phone you can, design it so people really, really want it, then use that popularity to make sensational profits.
quote: Tony is attributing the iPhone's strong sales to it being a superior product. While partly true, the biggest reason it's selling is because of its bigger price subsidy.
quote: That said, Apple's phones have some notable downsides: 1. Relatively high cost (e.g. my Lumia 900 was free)
quote: 5. Having to deal with sputtering hatred and FUD from of raging anti-fanboys
quote: 6. Sluggish 3rd party security support from Apple.
quote: Tony, if it were not for your hostile tone I think you might not have been downrated