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ATT will already unlock your phone, when you request it, after your contract. Will they have to unlock your phone while you're still under contract is another matter, as it can be argued that you don't yet own the phone. But it doesn't really matter as you're still obligated to pay for the 2 year contract. Even if you take the unlocked phone to use with another carrier. What this will allow is someone to buy a new unlocked subsidized phone for $199 and sell it for $500 and...
I don't see why. The subsidized phone has everything to do with signing a 2 year contract and nothing to do with the phone being locked. ATT will unlock your phone, after the contract, if you ask them to. (Maybe even after 18 months when you upgrade and sign a new 2 year contract.) I don't know if they will unlock your phone if you terminate your contract early and pay the Early Termination Fee. I don't see why not, as the fee will cover the cost of the phone. But it does...
Could it be that Beat NC headphones sound quality/distortion is so bad is because they are not using Bose patents? And now that Apple is buying out Beat, maybe Bose is hoping that Apple will just settle by offering some "get lost" money rather, than to go through the expense of a trial.
The biggest difference between a (decent) $400 subwoofer and a $4000 subwoofer is not what you can hear but what you can feel. The bass frequencies that a $4000 subwoofer does better than a $400 subwoofer are below what most of us can hear. But that doesn't mean that we can't feel the air moving as those bass waves pass by. 
  The vast majority of people that buy Apple products don't know a thing or even care about the inner workings of Apple, Inc.. Apple products speaks for themselves.  How many people really look into the company of the products they buy. Do people that buy Samsung products know or even care that the CEO of Samsung is a big time crook. How many people buying MS products know who the new CEO of MS is or even know that it's no longer Steve Ballmer (or Bill Gates for that...
 And that's just it. The $199 is just a faction of the TCO. For the 2 biggest carrier here in the US, the difference between the TCO with a $199 subsidized phone and without is about ...... $199. The two biggest carrier don't offer a lot of incentive to buy an unlock phone or use and already paid for one, by significantly reducing the cost of the plan. Everyone like to say that you're not really paying only $199 for the phone because you're subsidizing it in the cost of...
Not really a big deal when you consider that in a couple months, the 5s will be the $99 (with contract) phone anyway. And you got to figure that anybody whose contract is up, is not going to get a 5s now, not when they can get a 6 (small screen version) for the $199 subsidized price if they wait a couple of months.  The real buyers here are the people that were already planning to buy the 5s for $99 (subsidized) when the 6 comes out. They get their iPhone a couple of...
 But not by the same entity on the same money. Your income is taxed by the Fed and State (and sometimes Local). But that's not double taxation. That's a money grab by 2 (or more) different entities. If you give over $15,000 of money that you already paid tax on to a friend, that friend will have to paid tax on it (a gift tax). That's not double taxation because 2 different people are paying the tax on the same money. It would be double taxation if you also had to pay the...
 The average middle class tax payer pays about a 12% effective tax rate.  But if they are married, have kids and own a home with a mortgage, that rate drops to 5% pretty quick. (I'm only talking Federal income tax here.)  Besides, if to add the 5% on top of the foreign tax that Apple already paid, they will end up paying around 10-15% on that money. The same as the middle class tax payer.
I think they just can't use the "iPhone" name in their advertising. They could have a photo of an iPhone and state that it's the "Apple 5s phone". 
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