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With a wholesale ASP of ~$650, the iPhone is much more expensive than the average Android phone...

With a wholesale ASP of ~$650, the iPhone is much more expensive than the average Android phone before subsidies kick in. That's proving to be a problem in markets where subsidies don't exist, or where consumers prefer to buy phones prepaid rather than agree to expensive contracts. In crisis-hit Greece and Portugal, for example, Apple's (AAPL) smartphone share remains below 10%, leaving Android (GOOG) to dominate the market. (also)
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  • mogando
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    Are these the same idiots who kept calling for Apple to release a $250 netbook back in 2008 ? Apple controls 70% of mobile phone market profits while only selling 9% of all mobile phones.... I'd be the last one to question whether their strategy is sound.
    27 Feb 2012, 09:31 AM Reply Like
  • Riverrun
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    The wave of anti-apple is rushing toward shore from the bloggers (big and little) Since owning this stock since 2008 it's seems to me to be pumped prior to earnings and spit on after. Just ride it out and let it grow.
    27 Feb 2012, 10:20 AM Reply Like
  • dab3z
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    I'm sure Apple has never considered this in their pricing of the iPhone.
    27 Feb 2012, 12:04 PM Reply Like
  • FocalPoint Analytics
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    And what is the margin on those lower priced phones?
    27 Feb 2012, 01:02 PM Reply Like
  • Senticar
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    Perhaps I'm biased, but who gives a damn if someone in Greece can afford an iPhone right now? That's the least of their worries.
    27 Feb 2012, 01:05 PM Reply Like
  • Sean F
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    Who cares if the welfare state of Greece can't afford an i-phone? I don't. Sell to the other billion people that actually work for a living. Better yet, the IMF can create a, 'Donate to the poor Greek i-phone fund'. USA is on it's way to being a welfare state. It is difficult living in a country that I feel is loosing credibility and respect.


    I look forward to my 1 time special dividend from apple before the tax the rich 'Comrade Obama' signs his tax laws!!!
    27 Feb 2012, 01:10 PM Reply Like
  • woody72
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    You have to ask yourself how many people have an Apple product and then ask how many more people will have two more Apple products by the end of the year.
    I'm guessing holding the stock makes a lot of good sense right now.
    27 Feb 2012, 02:58 PM Reply Like
  • Joe Dirnfeld
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    Between apple and Greece there are at least 10 degrees of separation. If that is their Achilles heel ......


    Having the majority of their products assembled in china is more like an Achilles heel. Stuff happens, and it happens frequently.
    27 Feb 2012, 03:01 PM Reply Like
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