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That's for the device access fee. Normally $15/month per line, but waived through the end of next year.
Hidden costs here. The biggest one being Sprint not allowing other carrier phones onto their network. If you don't already have a Sprint phone, you have to buy a new one. With four lines, that's a big lump sum to convert over to Sprint's network, and those phones cannot be used on any other network if you decide to leave Sprint. I already spent $750 for an unlocked iPhone last year, and can already choose between T-Mobile, AT&T, and MVNO options. The math on this plan...
TV ad blitz? Uh, has anyone actually seen any of these recent Samsung attack ads on TV or any other paid media placement? In other words, anywhere other than on a tech site or YouTube? The only Samsung Galaxy ads I see on TV are the ones with the slo-mo close-ups and review quotes, and the one highlighting the waterproof feature. I think Samsung puts these attack spots out just to churn up controversy and page views on tech sites. Obviously, it works since every new...
Get whatever coverage they can before the iPhone 6 sucks all the oxygen out of the room. A lot of the tech press will already be in Berlin for the IFA conference, which starts the day after Samsung's event and is the largest electronics exhibition in the world. Having the Note 4 event at that show is nothing out of the ordinary, since they announced the Note 3 at the same event last year. If anything, Apple timing the iPhone 6 so that it coincides with the second-to-last...
Not surprising to me at all. Even with the explosion of screen options for viewing video content, the TV remains the dominant viewing device by a wide margin, for the simple reason that it allows for comfortable viewing while lounging around the house. Computers don't allow that, as they are "lean forward" devices and video viewing is best done while leaning back. Mobile devices are nice for viewing on the go, but again, most video content viewing occurs at home. This has...
Even though Samsung is at loggerheads with Apple on the devices front, their semiconductor manufacturing operates as an almost autonomous unit. For a manager responsible for hitting sales targets, what do they gain by cutting off their biggest customer? Apple is the customer that everybody wants, because they pay up front and in full. If a component maker's fab has capacity issues, Apple will front the capital improvement costs. No other component customer can do all that,...
If they're willing to load up their phones with high spec components and sell them practically at cost, these Chinese OEMs could wind up taking more than just the low end of the market. Samsung's only saving grace might be their willingness to outspend everybody on marketing (both on advertising and spiffs at retail, which is their very effective behind-the-scenes dirty work), and these Chinese OEMs potentially getting tied down by injunctions because of their even more...
Samsung really took their eye off the ball by obsessing about all things Apple -- copying them, bashing them, and now flooding the market with barely functional wearables in anticipation of what they think Apple might do next.  In the meantime, they got lazy with their smartphone designs -- resorting to benchmark cheats, spec bumps, and loading up their phones with useless and poorly implemented gimmicks. This has allowed their more established rivals to come in with...
As indicated in that Fortune link, I suspect that the "other" category is just a catch all where the unaccounted-for data winds up. It could also include any number of white-labeled feature phone replacement models that have a touchscreen, but otherwise can barely function as a smartphone.
 The proof is coming in with Samsung actually reporting a quarter-over-quarter DECLINE in revenue and seeing their margins squeezed. This is not a mere leveling off of growth, which the analysts used to crucify Apple beginning two years ago, but actual revenue declines. These unit decline estimates merely follow on from what Samsung actually reports (recall that unlike Apple, Samsung does not report actual smartphone unit shipments or sales). In an overall market that has...
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