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AT&T (T) mobile chief Ralph de la Vega says his company will try to lower smartphone...

AT&T (T) mobile chief Ralph de la Vega says his company will try to lower smartphone subsidies this year in order to reduce their margin impact. Ma Bell's efforts to eliminate early upgrades already contributed to a 41% Q/Q drop in smartphone sales in Q1. Worries about iPhone subsidy cuts at AT&T and elsewhere have weighed on Apple (AAPL) shares - the $350+ retail subsidies often given for the iPhone are among the industry's highest.
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  • Dean Scarpinato
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    http://bit.ly/KjoAAk
    17 May 2012, 07:05 PM Reply Like
  • jjmc2001
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    This short newsbite is very misleading and at best a very partial picture. For anyone with an interest in telecom investing the interview with Mr. De La Vega is excellent:
    http://bit.ly/Mpns4p
    17 May 2012, 07:07 PM Reply Like
  • who?
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    I will try to make people give me money for nothing...

     

    But will i succeed????

     

    The customer will be victorious, good bye ATT hello T mobile or Sprint...
    17 May 2012, 07:19 PM Reply Like
  • jjmc2001
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    You lost me on that one. The smart customer will find the best service at the lowest price. Where I live the best service is T with a close runnerup being US Cellular. S &VZ simply do not have the service quality to compete in my area. If all providers had equal service quality we would all end up with the lowest cost provider. The squeeze will be put on the phone makers in the future. People will "buy" phones in the US and migrate to the best provider just like Europe.
    17 May 2012, 07:33 PM Reply Like
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