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  • The iPhone 6 May Have A Longer Upgrade Cycle - If So, Expect Unit Sales To Fall [View article]
    rick, here is the original comment I was responding to: "But if you can upgrade for virtually free every two years, most will do it."

    So some people apparently do still think that it is free. And I know many myself that upgrade their phones every 2 years like clock work because they think they are getting a new phone for free.

    Now to answer your question...

    "But you failed to address hikeleader's point that none of the major carriers offers a lower priced tier for off-contract phones."

    Check out AT&T. Which is the carrier that I have. My numbers could be a little off as I am going off the top of my head but I get $20 discount, I believe, on data due to having no contract/paid off phone on 1 line. If/when I 'upgrade' that line, I either a)pay $60 upgrade fee + down payment on the phone ($199 for iphone6) and loose the discount (which would amount to about $480 over 24 months) b)finance the phone through AT&T at ~37.5$ a month (for 20 months) + pay tax upfront, but keep the discount. Strangely the two options add up to about the same amount over 2 years.

    If you are being charged by Verizon the same price whether you are getting a new phone from them or bringing in your own, I would be suspicious and raise up a few questions.
    Dec 3, 2014. 04:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The iPhone 6 May Have A Longer Upgrade Cycle - If So, Expect Unit Sales To Fall [View article]
    Some people just don't get it. The point is that you choose to buy $750 phone. You don't want to pay $750 upfront, understandably, so you are paying for it over your 2 year contract term. There is nothing wrong with that. Just don't think that Verizon is paying for your $750 phone and you are getting it for free.

    Had you brought your own, lets say iphone 5, or kept it from your previous contract that expired, you would likely be paying $20 a month less for the same data plan.
    Dec 3, 2014. 12:42 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The iPhone 6 May Have A Longer Upgrade Cycle - If So, Expect Unit Sales To Fall [View article]
    What you don't realize is the volume of software/services that will only grow larger and larger. Especially once half the world is locked into ios. Not to mention transaction charges from apple pay.

    I don't think many people are fully aware of this yet. Most of my guests have blank looks on their eyes when I tell/show them that I can rent or buy almost any movie/tv show on iTunes through my Apple TV within seconds without leaving my living room. To me this is the coolest thing. I don't have to worry about driving back and forth to redbox. And I can watch it on my ipad or iphone. In my living room I no longer need blue-ray/dvd player or cable with wires running everywhere nor stacks of blue-rays and dvds. All I have now is a tiny box that combines all of those things.
    Dec 3, 2014. 12:13 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The iPhone 6 May Have A Longer Upgrade Cycle - If So, Expect Unit Sales To Fall [View article]
    They would go down even more if you brought your own phone or do not upgrade after the two years.
    Dec 3, 2014. 12:01 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The iPhone 6 May Have A Longer Upgrade Cycle - If So, Expect Unit Sales To Fall [View article]
    I was thinking the same thing. Author says: "Apple is on track for a record quarter. From that point forward, I believe it will begin to decline." So why short now?
    Dec 3, 2014. 11:55 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The iPhone 6 May Have A Longer Upgrade Cycle - If So, Expect Unit Sales To Fall [View article]
    I am surprised how many people still think the upgrade every two years is "free".
    Dec 3, 2014. 11:53 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The iPhone 6 May Have A Longer Upgrade Cycle - If So, Expect Unit Sales To Fall [View article]
    "As long as Verizon subsidizes an upgrade for me every two years I'll upgrade."

    Do you actually believe that? They are passing the cost of the phone to you through higher monthly service charges.
    Dec 3, 2014. 11:50 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Near All-Time Highs, Should Investors Chase Apple Stock? [View article]
    "Their PE has risen from 13 to 18.5, historically that is AAPL's top-end point"

    That depends on what time frame you are looking at, but 20 yr average PE for Apple is 25. 10 year is 24.

    18.5 is AAPL's trailing PE. Their forward PE is 15, which is actually well below S&P current level and also is in line with AAPL's average PE over the past 5 years.

    To me Apple does not look overvalued right now so I am holding on to my Apple shares. If they raise the dividend, as many anticipate, it will create an even better floor for the stock price. Not to mention the billions they are allocating to buybacks.
    Nov 26, 2014. 10:26 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Apple's 'Bendgate' Give Samsung, BlackBerry An Opening? [View article]
    Everyone makes mistakes every now and then. It's whether or not they are willing to correct them that matters. To me the difference is that Apple stands behind their products. My wife received a new 5c when a call to Apple support was not able to correct the issues she was experiencing with the phone. I have no doubt Apple will replace a phone that bends under 'normal operating conditions'. Will Samsung?

    It's common sense to protect $700 piece of equipment. Buy a case for it at least...

    Im still planning to replace my droid with iphone6.
    Sep 26, 2014. 11:21 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Please Be Cautious, Apple Bulls [View article]
    ritmusic, you make good points. I didn't think I would care for iWatch, but now I am curious to see what features it will offer. Will it tell me how many miles I walk each day? maybe my heart rate? temperature and air quality? Will I be able to lock my car with it?
    Aug 1, 2014. 01:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Please Be Cautious, Apple Bulls [View article]
    I was not an Apple fan either. Mainly because I did not want to have the same phone as everyone else. Then I bought my wife an Ipad mini for her birthday so she would not strain her eyes surfing the web on her tiny Iphone 4. Now that I find myself using the Ipad more than any other device I realize what all the hype was about and actually consider getting one for myself as well, together with Apple TV, and replacing my android with a larger screen Iphone 6.

    I do not chase all the latest and greatest so I may be somewhat late to the party. But I believe there are a lot of people like me that will be switching to Apple products once they are shown how intuitive everything is, how easy they are to use, and how well the products integrate with each other. Long AAPL.
    Aug 1, 2014. 01:20 PM | 19 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's Bigger iPhones Could Steal Samsung's Market Share; Stock Heading Higher [View article]
    I will be seriously considering trading in my Android for a larger screen iPhone. I do have a couple of reasons for doing so. I have never owned an iPhone before. My wife has recently upgraded from 4 to 5. She did not even care to look at anything else other than an iPhone.
    Jul 23, 2014. 09:26 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The iPhone 6: How Apple Kills Off Samsung To Dominate Android [View article]
    Even though the phone is "free" to the user (which it really is not), Apple is paid for it by the service provider. Apple does not give phones away for free. So when 6 comes out and 5 becomes "free", Apple will still benefit from folks upgrading from 4 to 5.
    May 5, 2014. 09:43 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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