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  • Apple Looks To Level The Carrier Playing Field [View article]
    Thanks for your article.
    You said,
    "Apple's plan to draw customers into its stores, allowing Walmart (WMT), Target (TGT) and other retail players to offer discounts of $50 or more and to expand the cellular carrier to beyond AT&T and Verizon to the no contract companies like Virgin Mobile are all designed to commoditize the carriers and thereby likely to lead to higher iPhone sales and margins. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the coming quarters."

    To us, an important part of that issue is how well these cellular carriers provide their service. We're a large & extended family and all the kids have phones. We gave the kid our AAPL phone because our service Sprint. We use Sprint because of it's large package, which includes all texts in it, as well as so many minutes we never run out. The downside is when there's a problem..and there was with our only AAPL phone, we have a difficult time leaving Sprint not only because of the costs but because all of our phones replacement times end at different times of the year. After many tries, my son-in-law was unable to get Sprint to find a way so that our AAPL wouldn't continually drop calls. We let a kid have the AAPL, who's use is mainly texts or Facebook, and seldom phone calls. She hasn't complained so far.

    I could afford an AAPL phone, and if I had one I might also purchase an AAPL iPad, and an AAPL computer, and the rest of the stuff, software, etc. I am not willing to risk buying a phone in which the calls get continually dropped, no matter if it is the celluar carrier or AAPL's fault. If there are other's out there will like problems, AAPL/Sprint is losing lots of sales, and Sprint will have an even more difficult time meeting it's volume quota. I expect the no contract carriers might have like problems. Sad to say there may be a balloon of non-AAPL users growing out there.
    Oct 7 06:08 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Tide Is Turning For Apple [View article]
    That's the way I took Tech01x's comment, also
    I think it is wise for "investors" in AAPL to be a little bit cynical about Ichan's actions, while traders are likely gleefully watching like a cat ready to pounce.
    Oct 4 02:51 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple (AAPL) roundup: 1) Folowing a year in which the iPhone 5, iPad Mini, and new iMac all saw big supply constraints due to their use of advanced designs/materials, Paul Kedrosky thinks Apple's design team has gained too much influence relative to its manufacturing team (video). 2) Apple VP John Couch recently met with Turkish President Abdullah Gul. They reportedly talked about a deal to supply up to 15M iPads to Turkish students. 3) Apple has won a patent for a plastic-bodied phone with no home button or front camera. Is this the rumored cheaper iPhone[View news story]
    I do believe I have that on my rather old Android now.
    Feb 4 05:38 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Most Compelling Reason To Buy Apple Right Now: The Dividend [View article]
    Sounds like lots later unfortunately. Wondering if it will be in the 3 years before I have to retire.
    Jan 17 07:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Most Compelling Reason To Buy Apple Right Now: The Dividend [View article]
    CNBC is horribly biased but when you say you swich to FOX you must be joking.
    Jan 16 03:22 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • U.S. broadband continues to get more expensive. Backing up prior comments, Verizon (VZ) is raising the price of its base FiOS broadband plan (15 Mbps downlink/5 Mbps uplink) by $10 to $65/month, The Verge reports, and is also now insisting on a 2-year contract. The second-cheapest plan (50 Mbps down/25 Mbps up) goes for $75/month, and the costliest plan (300 Mbps down/65 Mbps) sells for $205/month. TWC is also eying broadband price hikes.  [View news story]
    Yes, and folks like me will keep changing till I get what I want. Let them raise the price on unlimited plans if they want but I will always search those out.

    I hope Verizon knows it could very well end up like Blockbuster if it messes around too much. Maybe I should sell my stock.
    Jun 4 02:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment