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Good point but consider the fact that where I live there are at least 15 possibly 20 Verizon stores within a 15 mile drive of me. The closest Apple store is about 85 miles away. Apple stores are only located in larger cities  and even then may be far from where you live. Verizon stores are almost as abundant as McDonalds and in every town not just big cities. 
I agree that customers should do their homework before they ever walk into a store. I also think you can often get far better deals at places like Amazon, Best Buy, Radio Shack and others on a new iPhone over a carrier. But the reality is they don't and most are easily swayed by a good sales pitch.  I only think Apple should care if this is costing them big money and a substantial loss of revenue. This article and other recent ones seems to suggests iPhone sales could be...
Apple hasn't cared and that is true which is why Verizon reps are pushing Android and doing their absolute best to convince customers not to get an iPhone. I am not saying that is right it is simply a matter of money and common sense. No rep in their right mind would not try and sell a phone where they will make possibly $40 more off of that sale. You would be crazy not to push Android if it means $40 extra dollars then multiply that by a few dozen customers and you are...
Nokia used to be the king of cameras on phones. It is very true that megapixels mean squat when it comes to the actual quality of a photo. But since most consumers have no clue about that 41MP will be an impressive selling point to the 90% of the public that don't know any better.
I just don't see the appeal of these devices. How hard is it really to take your phone out of your pocket which can do everything and more? A smart watch would have to offer something truly unique and of value to me. Those IGZO screens are impressive especially since they can be curved. But even then I just don't see the value. I have a very nice Breitling watch that I hardly ever wear except when I get dressed up or for special occasions. I admit I wear it more as a...
I am sure the Verizon employees would be thrilled at making thousands less in salary a year. Verizon would never do that. Samsung and others are essentially subsidizing the salary of Verizon employees so why would Verizon stop that free cash flow to their employees they don't have to pay?    If Apple wants these sales reps to push the iPhone as hard as Android phones then they need to match or at least increase their spiff. All sales reps will always try and make the most...
There is nothing Apple can do. They can't demand that other companies change their sales policies. As I said before I am sure Verizon and other carriers are fine that Samsung and others pay their sales reps perhaps several extra thousand a year in salary which means they have less need to raise their salary to keep them on staff. The only thing Apple can do if they are unhappy with this is to increase their own spiff. Unless you are independently wealthy and working as a...
I think the spiff's aka commission to sales rep comes from the manufactures not from Verizon or Best Buy. If that is the case Apple can always choose to match the spiff or at least increase it enough to incentivize them enough to try a little harder. I don't think Verizon or Best Buy can do anything to get their reps to push the iPhone if the bonus money is coming from Samsung, HTC, or Motorola directly other than ban spiff's completely which I doubt they would ever do...
Fraud is a pretty strong word. If you have a family to feed and you know that by pushing Android devices hard you could gain an extra $1,000 a month what would you do? Salesman in every company push products and services they may not think is the best. This happens every day in every industry. Imagine if an insurance agent were able to sell car insurance from both State Farm and Geico. Let's say that State Farm has the best policy with higher customer satisfaction, lower...
I have never even been inside a Verizon store but listening to friends and also on forums it seems that new or upgrade customers are steered away from the iPhone by the sales reps. They do their best to push you towards an Android device I suppose because of a higher commission. Who can blame them though, they have bills to pay and why wouldn't you do your best to bring home more money for your family. Apple probably needs to do a better job to match the commission or at...
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